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1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 1:2 To
know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
1:3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and
equity; 1:4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge
1:5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of
understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 1:6 To understand a
proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark
1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools
despise wisdom and instruction.
1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the
law of thy mother: 1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy
head, and chains about thy neck.
1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
1:11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk
privily for the innocent without cause: 1:12 Let us swallow them up
alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
1:13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses
with spoil: 1:14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from
their path: 1:16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed
1:17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
1:18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for
their own lives.
1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh
away the life of the owners thereof.
1:20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
1:21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of
the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 1:22 How long,
ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in
their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 1:23 Turn you at my
reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known
my words unto you.
1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my
hand, and no man regarded; 1:25 But ye have set at nought all my
counsel, and would none of my reproof: 1:26 I also will laugh at your
calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 1:27 When your fear
cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when
distress and anguish cometh upon you.
1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall
seek me early, but they shall not find me: 1:29 For that they hated
knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 1:30 They would
none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be
filled with their own devices.
1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the
prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be
quiet from fear of evil.
2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments
with thee; 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply
thine heart to understanding; 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge,
and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 2:4 If thou seekest her as
silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 2:5 Then shalt
thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and
2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to
them that walk uprightly.
2:8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his
2:9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and
equity; yea, every good path.
2:10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant
unto thy soul; 2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding
shall keep thee: 2:12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man,
from the man that speaketh froward things; 2:13 Who leave the paths of
uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; 2:14 Who rejoice to do
evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; 2:15 Whose ways
are crooked, and they froward in their paths: 2:16 To deliver thee
from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with
her words; 2:17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth
the covenant of her God.
2:18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
2:19 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the
paths of life.
2:20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths
of the righteous.
2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall
remain in it.
2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the
transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my
commandments: 3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall
they add to thee.
3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck;
write them upon the table of thine heart: 3:4 So shalt thou find
favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine
3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from
3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of
all thine increase: 3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and
thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary
of his correction: 3:12 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even
as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth
3:14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of
silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
3:15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst
desire are not to be compared unto her.
3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches
3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy
is every one that retaineth her.
3:19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath
he established the heavens.
3:20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop
down the dew.
3:21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom
and discretion: 3:22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to
3:23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not
3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt
lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the
wicked, when it cometh.
3:26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot
from being taken.
3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the
power of thine hand to do it.
3:28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I
will give; when thou hast it by thee.
3:29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth
securely by thee.
3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no
3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
3:32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is
with the righteous.
3:33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he
blesseth the habitation of the just.
3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the
3:35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of
4:1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know
4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
4:3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of
4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my
words: keep my commandments, and live.
4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from
the words of my mouth.
4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she
shall keep thee.
4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all
thy getting get understanding.
4:8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to
honour, when thou dost embrace her.
4:9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of
glory shall she deliver to thee.
4:10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life
shall be many.
4:11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right
4:12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou
runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she
is thy life.
4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of
4:15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
4:16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their
sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of
4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth
more and more unto the perfect day.
4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they
4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of
4:22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all
4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues
4:24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far
4:25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight
4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from
5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my
understanding: 5:2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy
lips may keep knowledge.
5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her
mouth is smoother than oil: 5:4 But her end is bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword.
5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
5:6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are
moveable, that thou canst not know them.
5:7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the
words of my mouth.
5:8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her
house: 5:9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto
the cruel: 5:10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy
labours be in the house of a stranger; 5:11 And thou mourn at the
last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, 5:12 And say, How have
I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; 5:13 And have not
obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that
instructed me! 5:14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the
congregation and assembly.
5:15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of
thine own well.
5:16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in
5:17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee.
5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy
5:19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts
satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
5:20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and
embrace the bosom of a stranger? 5:21 For the ways of man are before
the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be
holden with the cords of his sins.
5:23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his
folly he shall go astray.
6:1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken
thy hand with a stranger, 6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy
mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into
the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
6:4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
6:5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a
bird from the hand of the fowler.
6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: 6:7
Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 6:8 Provideth her meat in
the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
6:9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of
thy sleep? 6:10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little
folding of the hands to sleep: 6:11 So shall thy poverty come as one
that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
6:12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
6:13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth
with his fingers; 6:14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth
mischief continually; he soweth discord.
6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be
broken without remedy.
6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an
abomination unto him: 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands
that shed innocent blood, 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked
imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 6:19 A false
witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
6:20 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of
thy mother: 6:21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them
about thy neck.
6:22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall
keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs
of instruction are the way of life: 6:24 To keep thee from the evil
woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
6:25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take
thee with her eyelids.
6:26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of
bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life.
6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
6:28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? 6:29 So
he that goeth in to his neighbours wife; whosoever toucheth her shall
not be innocent.
6:30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when
he is hungry; 6:31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he
shall give all the substance of his house.
6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding:
he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
6:33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be
6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in
the day of vengeance.
6:35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content,
though thou givest many gifts.
7:1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine
7:3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine
7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy
kinswoman: 7:5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from
the stranger which flattereth with her words.
7:6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, 7:7
And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a
young man void of understanding, 7:8 Passing through the street near
her corner; and he went the way to her house, 7:9 In the twilight, in
the evening, in the black and dark night: 7:10 And, behold, there met
him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
7:11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: 7:12
Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every
) 7:13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent
face said unto him, 7:14 I have peace offerings with me; this day have
I payed my vows.
7:15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face,
and I have found thee.
7:16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved
works, with fine linen of Egypt.
7:17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
7:18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us
solace ourselves with loves.
7:19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey: 7:20
He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day
7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the
flattering of her lips she forced him.
7:22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter,
or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 7:23 Till a dart strike
through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not
that it is for his life.
7:24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the
words of my mouth.
7:25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her
7:26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have
been slain by her.
7:27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of
8:1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? 8:2
She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of
8:3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming
in at the doors.
8:4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
8:5 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an
8:6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my
lips shall be right things.
8:7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination
to my lips.
8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing
froward or perverse in them.
8:9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them
that find knowledge.
8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than
8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be
desired are not to be compared to it.
8:12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty
8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and
the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have
8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
8:16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find
8:18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and
8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue
than choice silver.
8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of
judgment: 8:21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit
substance; and I will fill their treasures.
8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his
works of old.
8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the
8:24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were
no fountains abounding with water.
8:25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought
forth: 8:26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields,
nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
8:27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass
upon the face of the depth: 8:28 When he established the clouds above:
when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 8:29 When he gave to
the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment:
when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 8:30 Then I was by
him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight,
rejoicing always before him; 8:31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of
his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are
they that keep my ways.
8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
8:34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates,
waiting at the posts of my doors.
8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the
8:36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they
that hate me love death.
9:1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven
pillars: 9:2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine;
she hath also furnished her table.
9:3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest
places of the city, 9:4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as
for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 9:5 Come, eat of
my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
9:7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that
rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and
he will love thee.
9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a
just man, and he will increase in learning.
9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the
knowledge of the holy is understanding.
9:11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life
shall be increased.
9:12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou
scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
9:13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
9:14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high
places of the city, 9:15 To call passengers who go right on their
ways: 9:16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him
that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 9:17 Stolen waters are
sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
9:18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests
are in the depths of hell.
10:1 The proverbs of Solomon.
A wise son maketh a glad father: but a
foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
10:2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness
delivereth from death.
10:3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but
he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of
the diligent maketh rich.
10:5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth
in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
10:6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth
the mouth of the wicked.
10:7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked
10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool
10:9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth
his ways shall be known.
10:10 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool
10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence
covereth the mouth of the wicked.
10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
10:13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but
a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
10:14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near
10:15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the
poor is their poverty.
10:16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the
wicked to sin.
10:17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that
refuseth reproof erreth.
10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a
slander, is a fool.
10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that
refraineth his lips is wise.
10:20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the
wicked is little worth.
10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of
10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no
sorrow with it.
10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of
understanding hath wisdom.
10:24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire
of the righteous shall be granted.
10:25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the
righteous is an everlasting foundation.
10:26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the
sluggard to them that send him.
10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the
wicked shall be shortened.
10:28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation
of the wicked shall perish.
10:29 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction
shall be to the workers of iniquity.
10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not
inhabit the earth.
10:31 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward
tongue shall be cut out.
10:32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth
of the wicked speaketh frowardness.
11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is
11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is
11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the
perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness
delivereth from death.
11:5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the
wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
11:6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but
transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
11:7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the
hope of unjust men perisheth.
11:8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh
in his stead.
11:9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through
knowledge shall the just be delivered.
11:10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and
when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
11:11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is
overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
11:12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of
understanding holdeth his peace.
11:13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful
spirit concealeth the matter.
11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of
counsellors there is safety.
11:15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that
hateth suretiship is sure.
11:16 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
11:17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is
cruel troubleth his own flesh.
11:18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth
righteousness shall be a sure reward.
11:19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil
pursueth it to his own death.
11:20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD:
but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished:
but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which
is without discretion.
11:23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of
the wicked is wrath.
11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that
withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall
be watered also himself.
11:26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but
blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
11:27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that
seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
11:28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous
shall flourish as a branch.
11:29 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the
fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that
winneth souls is wise.
11:31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much
more the wicked and the sinner.
12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth
reproof is brutish.
12:2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked
devices will he condemn.
12:3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the
righteous shall not be moved.
12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh
ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
12:5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the
wicked are deceit.
12:6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the
mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the
righteous shall stand.
12:8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is
of a perverse heart shall be despised.
12:9 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that
honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender
mercies of the wicked are cruel.
12:11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he
that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
12:12 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the
righteous yieldeth fruit.
12:13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the
just shall come out of trouble.
12:14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth:
and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.
12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that
hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
12:16 A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth
12:17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false
12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the
tongue of the wise is health.
12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying
tongue is but for a moment.
12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the
counsellors of peace is joy.
12:21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be
filled with mischief.
12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly
are his delight.
12:23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools
12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall
be under tribute.
12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word
maketh it glad.
12:26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way
of the wicked seduceth them.
12:27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but
the substance of a diligent man is precious.
12:28 In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof
there is no death.
13:1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner
heareth not rebuke.
13:2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of
the transgressors shall eat violence.
13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth
wide his lips shall have destruction.
13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul
of the diligent shall be made fat.
13:5 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and
cometh to shame.
13:6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but
wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
13:7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is
that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
13:8 The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth
13:9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked
shall be put out.
13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is
13:11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that
gathereth by labour shall increase.
13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh,
it is a tree of life.
13:13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth
the commandment shall be rewarded.
13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the
snares of death.
13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors
13:16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open
13:17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful
ambassador is health.
13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but
he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
13:19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is
abomination to fools to depart from evil.
13:20 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of
fools shall be destroyed.
13:21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be
13:22 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children:
and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
13:23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is
destroyed for want of judgment.
13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him
chasteneth him betimes.
13:25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the
belly of the wicked shall want.
14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it
down with her hands.
14:2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that
is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of
the wise shall preserve them.
14:4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the
strength of the ox.
14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter
14:6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is
easy unto him that understandeth.
14:7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not
in him the lips of knowledge.
14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly
of fools is deceit.
14:9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is
14:10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not
intermeddle with his joy.
14:11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle
of the upright shall flourish.
14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death.
14:13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that
mirth is heaviness.
14:14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a
good man shall be satisfied from himself.
14:15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh
well to his going.
14:16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool
rageth, and is confident.
14:17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked
devices is hated.
14:18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with
14:19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the
14:20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath
14:21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy
on the poor, happy is he.
14:22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be
to them that devise good.
14:23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth
only to penury.
14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of
fools is folly.
14:25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness
14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children
shall have a place of refuge.
14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the
snares of death.
14:28 In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want
of people is the destruction of the prince.
14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that
is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness
of the bones.
14:31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that
honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous
hath hope in his death.
14:33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but
that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any
14:35 The king’s favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is
against him that causeth shame.
15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up
15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of
fools poureth out foolishness.
15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and
15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is
a breach in the spirit.
15:5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth
reproof is prudent.
15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the
revenues of the wicked is trouble.
15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the
foolish doeth not so.
15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but
the prayer of the upright is his delight.
15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he
loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
15:10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he
that hateth reproof shall die.
15:11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the
hearts of the children of men? 15:12 A scorner loveth not one that
reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of
the heart the spirit is broken.
15:14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but
the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a
merry heart hath a continual feast.
15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure
and trouble therewith.
15:17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and
15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger
15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the
way of the righteous is made plain.
15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his
15:21 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of
understanding walketh uprightly.
15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude
of counsellors they are established.
15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in
due season, how good is it! 15:24 The way of life is above to the
wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
15:25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will
establish the border of the widow.
15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but
the words of the pure are pleasant words.
15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that
hateth gifts shall live.
15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of
the wicked poureth out evil things.
15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of
15:30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report
maketh the bones fat.
15:31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that
heareth reproof getteth understanding.
15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before
honour is humility.
16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the
tongue, is from the LORD.
16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD
weigheth the spirits.
16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be
16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked
for the day of evil.
16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD:
though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the
LORD men depart from evil.
16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to
be at peace with him.
16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without
16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
16:10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth
transgresseth not in judgment.
16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD’s: all the weights of the
bag are his work.
16:12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the
throne is established by righteousness.
16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that
16:14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man
will pacify it.
16:15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour
is as a cloud of the latter rain.
16:16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get
understanding rather to be chosen than silver! 16:17 The highway of
the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth
16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a
16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to
divide the spoil with the proud.
16:20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso
trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
16:21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of
the lips increaseth learning.
16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but
the instruction of fools is folly.
16:23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to
16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and
health to the bones.
16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death.
16:26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth
it of him.
16:27 An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a
16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief
16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the
way that is not good.
16:30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips
he bringeth evil to pass.
16:31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of
16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that
ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is
of the LORD.
17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house
full of sacrifices with strife.
17:2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and
shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the
LORD trieth the hearts.
17:4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to
a naughty tongue.
17:5 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad
at calamities shall not be unpunished.
17:6 Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of
children are their fathers.
17:7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a
17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it:
whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that
repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
17:10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes
into a fool.
17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger
shall be sent against him.
17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool
in his folly.
17:13 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his
17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water:
therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just,
even they both are abomination to the LORD.
17:16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom,
seeing he hath no heart to it? 17:17 A friend loveth at all times,
and a brother is born for adversity.
17:18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety
in the presence of his friend.
17:19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth
his gate seeketh destruction.
17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a
perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
17:21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father
of a fool hath no joy.
17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit
drieth the bones.
17:23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways
17:24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a
fool are in the ends of the earth.
17:25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her
that bare him.
17:26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for
17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of
understanding is of an excellent spirit.
17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he
that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and
intermeddleth with all wisdom.
18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may
18:3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with
18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring
of wisdom as a flowing brook.
18:5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow
the righteous in judgment.
18:6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for
18:7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of
18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into
the innermost parts of the belly.
18:9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a
18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth
into it, and is safe.
18:11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in
his own conceit.
18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before
honour is humility.
18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and
shame unto him.
18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded
spirit who can bear? 18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth
knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
18:16 A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great
18:17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his
neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
18:18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the
18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and
their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
18:20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth;
and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that
love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour
of the LORD.
18:23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is
a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is
perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
19:2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he
that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
19:3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth
against the LORD.
19:4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his
19:5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh
lies shall not escape.
19:6 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a
friend to him that giveth gifts.
19:7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his
friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are
wanting to him.
19:8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth
understanding shall find good.
19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh
lies shall perish.
19:10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to
have rule over princes.
19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory
to pass over a transgression.
19:12 The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is
as dew upon the grass.
19:13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions
of a wife are a continual dropping.
19:14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent
wife is from the LORD.
19:15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall
19:16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he
that despiseth his ways shall die.
19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that
which he hath given will he pay him again.
19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare
for his crying.
19:19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou
deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise
in thy latter end.
19:21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the
counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
19:22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better
than a liar.
19:23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall
abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
19:24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so
much as bring it to his mouth again.
19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one
that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
19:26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a
son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from
the words of knowledge.
19:28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the
wicked devoureth iniquity.
19:29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of
20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is
deceived thereby is not wise.
20:2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh
him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool
will be meddling.
20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall
he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of
understanding will draw it out.
20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful
man who can find? 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his
children are blessed after him.
20:8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all
evil with his eyes.
20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike
abomination to the LORD.
20:11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure,
and whether it be right.
20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even
both of them.
20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and
thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
20:14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone
his way, then he boasteth.
20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of
knowledge are a precious jewel.
20:16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a
pledge of him for a strange woman.
20:17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth
shall be filled with gravel.
20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice
20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore
meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put
out in obscure darkness.
20:21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the
end thereof shall not be blessed.
20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and
he shall save thee.
20:23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false
balance is not good.
20:24 Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his
own way? 20:25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is
holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
20:26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over
20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the
inward parts of the belly.
20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by
20:29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old
men is the grey head.
20:30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the
inward parts of the belly.
21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of
water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD
pondereth the hearts.
21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than
21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked,
21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of
every one that is hasty only to want.
21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to
and fro of them that seek death.
21:7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse
to do judgment.
21:8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his
work is right.
21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a
brawling woman in a wide house.
21:10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no
favour in his eyes.
21:11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when
the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
21:12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked:
but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
21:13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall
cry himself, but shall not be heard.
21:14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom
21:15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be
to the workers of iniquity.
21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall
remain in the congregation of the dead.
21:17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine
and oil shall not be rich.
21:18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the
transgressor for the upright.
21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious
and an angry woman.
21:20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the
wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
21:21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life,
righteousness, and honour.
21:22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the
strength of the confidence thereof.
21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from
21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud
21:25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to
21:26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth
and spareth not.
21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when
he bringeth it with a wicked mind? 21:28 A false witness shall
perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
21:29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he
directeth his way.
21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the
21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is
of the LORD.
22:1 A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving
favour rather than silver and gold.
22:2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them
22:3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the
simple pass on, and are punished.
22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and
22:5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth
keep his soul shall be far from them.
22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he
will not depart from it.
22:7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the
22:8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his
anger shall fail.
22:9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of
his bread to the poor.
22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife
and reproach shall cease.
22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the
king shall be his friend.
22:12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the
words of the transgressor.
22:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be
slain in the streets.
22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of
the LORD shall fall therein.
22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of
correction shall drive it far from him.
22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that
giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
22:17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply
thine heart unto my knowledge.
22:18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they
shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
22:19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee
this day, even to thee.
22:20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and
knowledge, 22:21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the
words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them
that send unto thee? 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor:
neither oppress the afflicted in the gate: 22:23 For the LORD will
plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man
thou shalt not go: 22:25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to
22:26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are
sureties for debts.
22:27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed
from under thee? 22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy
fathers have set.
22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before
kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
23:1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what
is before thee: 23:2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man
given to appetite.
23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
23:4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches
certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward
23:6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither
desire thou his dainty meats: 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so
is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with
23:8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose
thy sweet words.
23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom
of thy words.
23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of
the fatherless: 23:11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead
their cause with thee.
23:12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words
23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him
with the rod, he shall not die.
23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul
23:15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even
23:16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
23:17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the
LORD all the day long.
23:18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be
23:19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the
23:20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 23:21
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness
shall clothe a man with rags.
23:22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy
mother when she is old.
23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction,
23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that
begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
23:25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee
23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
23:27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow
23:28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the
transgressors among men.
23:29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath
babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
23:30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed
23:31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his
colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
23:32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an
23:33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall
utter perverse things.
23:34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the
sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
23:35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they
have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it
24:1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with
24:2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of
24:3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is
established: 24:4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with
all precious and pleasant riches.
24:5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth
24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of
counsellors there is safety.
24:7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the
24:8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
24:9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an
abomination to men.
24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
24:11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and
those that are ready to be slain; 24:12 If thou sayest, Behold, we
knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he
that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to
every man according to his works? 24:13 My son, eat thou honey,
because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
24:14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou
hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall
not be cut off.
24:15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the
righteous; spoil not his resting place: 24:16 For a just man falleth
seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into
24:17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be
glad when he stumbleth: 24:18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease
him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
24:19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at
the wicked: 24:20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the
candle of the wicked shall be put out.
24:21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with
them that are given to change: 24:22 For their calamity shall rise
suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both? 24:23 These things
also belong to the wise.
It is not good to have respect of persons in
24:24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall the
people curse, nations shall abhor him: 24:25 But to them that rebuke
him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
24:26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.
24:27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the
field; and afterwards build thine house.
24:28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and
deceive not with thy lips.
24:29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will
render to the man according to his work.
24:30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the
man void of understanding; 24:31 And, lo, it was all grown over with
thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall
thereof was broken down.
24:32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and
24:33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the
hands to sleep: 24:34 So shall thy poverty come as one that
travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
25:1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah
king of Judah copied out.
25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of
kings is to search out a matter.
25:3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of
kings is unsearchable.
25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a
vessel for the finer.
25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall
be established in righteousness.
25:6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not
in the place of great men: 25:7 For better it is that it be said unto
thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the
presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
25:8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in
the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
25:9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a
secret to another: 25:10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame,
and thine infamy turn not away.
25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of
25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a
wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful
messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his
25:14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind
25:15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue
breaketh the bone.
25:16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee,
lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
25:17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbours house; lest he be weary
of thee, and so hate thee.
25:18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a
maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a
broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
25:20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar
upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
25:21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be
thirsty, give him water to drink: 25:22 For thou shalt heap coals of
fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a
25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a
brawling woman and in a wide house.
25:25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far
25:26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled
fountain, and a corrupt spring.
25:27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own
glory is not glory.
25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is
broken down, and without walls.
26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not
seemly for a fool.
26:2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse
causeless shall not come.
26:3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the
26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like
26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own
26:6 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the
feet, and drinketh damage.
26:7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth
26:8 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth
honour to a fool.
26:9 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable
in the mouths of fools.
26:10 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool,
and rewardeth transgressors.
26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his
26:12 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of
a fool than of him.
26:13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in
26:14 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon
26:15 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to
bring it again to his mouth.
26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can
render a reason.
26:17 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to
him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
26:18 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, 26:19 So
is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?
26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no
talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a
contentious man to kindle strife.
26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into
the innermost parts of the belly.
26:23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with
26:24 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit
within him; 26:25 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there
are seven abominations in his heart.
26:26 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be
shewed before the whole congregation.
26:27 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a
stone, it will return upon him.
26:28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a
flattering mouth worketh ruin.
27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day
may bring forth.
27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger,
and not thine own lips.
27:3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is
heavier than them both.
27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand
before envy? 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy
27:7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every
bitter thing is sweet.
27:8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that
wandereth from his place.
27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of
a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
27:10 Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither
go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is
a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
27:11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him
that reproacheth me.
27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the
simple pass on, and are punished.
27:13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a
pledge of him for a strange woman.
27:14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in
the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
27:15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman
27:16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his
right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his
27:18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he
that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
27:19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are
27:21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a
man to his praise.
27:22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a
pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
27:23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well
to thy herds.
27:24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every
generation? 27:25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth
itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
27:26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of
27:27 And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the
food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold
as a lion.
28:2 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but
by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be
28:3 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which
leaveth no food.
28:4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the
law contend with them.
28:5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD
understand all things.
28:6 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that
is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
28:7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion
of riotous men shameth his father.
28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he
shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his
prayer shall be abomination.
28:10 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he
shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good
things in possession.
28:11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath
understanding searcheth him out.
28:12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when
the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso
confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
28:14 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his
heart shall fall into mischief.
28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over
the poor people.
28:16 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor:
but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
28:17 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee
to the pit; let no man stay him.
28:18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse
in his ways shall fall at once.
28:19 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that
followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh
haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
28:21 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread
that man will transgress.
28:22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not
that poverty shall come upon him.
28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he
that flattereth with the tongue.
28:24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no
transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that
putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh
wisely, he shall be delivered.
28:27 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth
his eyes shall have many a curse.
28:28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish,
the righteous increase.
29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly
be destroyed, and that without remedy.
29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when
the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
29:3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth
company with harlots spendeth his substance.
29:4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth
gifts overthroweth it.
29:5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
29:6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the
righteous doth sing and rejoice.
29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked
regardeth not to know it.
29:8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away
29:9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or
laugh, there is no rest.
29:10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
29:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till
29:12 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
29:13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD
lighteneth both their eyes.
29:14 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be
established for ever.
29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself
bringeth his mother to shame.
29:16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but
the righteous shall see their fall.
29:17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give
delight unto thy soul.
29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth
the law, happy is he.
29:19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he
understand he will not answer.
29:20 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope
of a fool than of him.
29:21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall
have him become his son at the length.
29:22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in
29:23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the
humble in spirit.
29:24 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth
cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in
the LORD shall be safe.
29:26 Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh
from the LORD.
29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is
upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
30:1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man
spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal, 30:2 Surely I am more
brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.
30:3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.
30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered
the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who
hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what
is his son’s name, if thou canst tell? 30:5 Every word of God is
pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be
found a liar.
30:7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I
die: 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty
nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 30:9 Lest I be full,
and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal,
and take the name of my God in vain.
30:10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and
thou be found guilty.
30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not
bless their mother.
30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet
is not washed from their filthiness.
30:13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their
eyelids are lifted up.
30:14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw
teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy
from among men.
30:15 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give.
three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is
enough: 30:16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not
filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.
30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his
mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young
eagles shall eat it.
30:18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four
which I know not: 30:19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a
serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and
the way of a man with a maid.
30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth
her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
30:21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it
cannot bear: 30:22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he
is filled with meat; 30:23 For an odious woman when she is married;
and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
30:24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they
are exceeding wise: 30:25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they
prepare their meat in the summer; 30:26 The conies are but a feeble
folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; 30:27 The locusts have
no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; 30:28 The spider
taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.
30:29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in
going: 30:30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not
away for any; 30:31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against
whom there is no rising up.
30:32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou
hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
30:33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the
wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath
bringeth forth strife.
31:1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught
31:2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of
my vows? 31:3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that
which destroyeth kings.
31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine;
nor for princes strong drink: 31:5 Lest they drink, and forget the
law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
31:6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto
those that be of heavy hearts.
31:7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no
31:8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are
appointed to destruction.
31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the
poor and needy.
31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above
31:11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he
shall have no need of spoil.
31:12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
31:13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her
31:14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from
31:15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her
household, and a portion to her maidens.
31:16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her
hands she planteth a vineyard.
31:17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
31:18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth
not out by night.
31:19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the
31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth
her hands to the needy.
31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her
household are clothed with scarlet.
31:22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk
31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the
elders of the land.
31:24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles
unto the merchant.
31:25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in
time to come.
31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law
31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not
the bread of idleness.
31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also,
and he praiseth her.
31:29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them
31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that
feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise
her in the gates.
Ecclesiastes or The Preacher
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1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is
1:3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the
sun? 1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh:
but the earth abideth for ever.
1:5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his
place where he arose.
1:6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north;
it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according
to his circuits.
1:7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the
place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
1:8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not
satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that
which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing
under the sun.
1:10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it
hath been already of old time, which was before us.
1:11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be
any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come
1:12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
1:13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning
all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God
given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and,
behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
1:15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is
wanting cannot be numbered.
1:16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great
estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been
before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom
1:17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and
folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth
knowledge increaseth sorrow.
2:1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth,
therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.
2:2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? 2:3 I
sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine
heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was
that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven
all the days of their life.
2:4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me
vineyards: 2:5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in
them of all kind of fruits: 2:6 I made me pools of water, to water
therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees: 2:7 I got me servants
and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great
possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem
before me: 2:8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar
treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women
singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments,
and that of all sorts.
2:9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in
Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.
2:10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld
not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and
this was my portion of all my labour.
2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on
the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and
vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
2:12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for
what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath
been already done.
2:13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth
2:14 The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in
darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them
2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it
happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my
heart, that this also is vanity.
2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for
ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be
And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.
2:17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under
the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
2:18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun:
because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
2:19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet
shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and
wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun.
This is also vanity.
2:20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the
labour which I took under the sun.
2:21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge,
and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he
leave it for his portion.
This also is vanity and a great evil.
2:22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his
heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun? 2:23 For all his days
are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in
This is also vanity.
2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and
drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour.
also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
2:25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?
2:26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and
knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and
to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God.
is vanity and vexation of spirit.
3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose
under the heaven: 3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to
plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3:3 A time to
kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build
up; 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a
time to dance; 3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather
stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from
embracing; 3:6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and
a time to cast away; 3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to
keep silence, and a time to speak; 3:8 A time to love, and a time to
hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
3:9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
3:10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men
to be exercised in it.
3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set
the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that
God maketh from the beginning to the end.
3:12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice,
and to do good in his life.
3:13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good
of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
3:14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing
can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that
men should fear before him.
3:15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already
been; and God requireth that which is past.
3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that
wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity
3:17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the
wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every
3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men,
that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they
themselves are beasts.
3:19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even
one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea,
they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a
beast: for all is vanity.
3:20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust
3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit
of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? 3:22 Wherefore I
perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice
in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to
see what shall be after him? 4:1 So I returned, and considered all
the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of
such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of
their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.
4:2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the
living which are yet alive.
4:3 Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who
hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for
this a man is envied of his neighbour.
This is also vanity and
vexation of spirit.
4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.
4:6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with
travail and vexation of spirit.
4:7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.
4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath
neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour;
neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom
do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it
is a sore travail.
4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their
4:10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him
that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
4:11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one
be warm alone? 4:12 And if one prevail against him, two shall
withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king,
who will no more be admonished.
4:14 For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is
born in his kingdom becometh poor.
4:15 I considered all the living which walk under the sun, with the
second child that shall stand up in his stead.
4:16 There is no end of all the people, even of all that have been
before them: they also that come after shall not rejoice in him.
Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
5:1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more
ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider
not that they do evil.
5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to
utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth:
therefore let thy words be few.
5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s
voice is known by multitude of words.
5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath
no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
5:5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest
vow and not pay.
5:6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou
before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry
at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? 5:7 For in the
multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but
fear thou God.
5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting
of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for
he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than
5:9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is
served by the field.
5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he
that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
5:11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what
good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with
their eyes? 5:12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he
eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him
5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely,
riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.
5:14 But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son,
and there is nothing in his hand.
5:15 As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to
go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may
carry away in his hand.
5:16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so
shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?
5:17 All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow
and wrath with his sickness.
5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to
eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he
taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him:
for it is his portion.
5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath
given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to
rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.
5:20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God
answereth him in the joy of his heart.
6:1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common
among men: 6:2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and
honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he
desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger
eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
6:3 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that
the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good,
and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is
better than he.
6:4 For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his
name shall be covered with darkness.
6:5 Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath
more rest than the other.
6:6 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen
no good: do not all go to one place? 6:7 All the labour of man is for
his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.
6:8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor,
that knoweth to walk before the living? 6:9 Better is the sight of
the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and
vexation of spirit.
6:10 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is
man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.
6:11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the
better? 6:12 For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all
the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can
tell a man what shall be after him under the sun? 7:1 A good name is
better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of
7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the
house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will
lay it to his heart.
7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the
countenance the heart is made better.
7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart
of fools is in the house of mirth.
7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to
hear the song of fools.
7:6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of
the fool: this also is vanity.
7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the
7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the
patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the
bosom of fools.
7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better
than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.
7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to
them that see the sun.
7:12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the
excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have
7:13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which
he hath made crooked? 7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in
the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against
the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.
7:15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just
man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man
that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.
7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why
shouldest thou destroy thyself ? 7:17 Be not over much wicked,
neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? 7:18
It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this
withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of
7:19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are
in the city.
7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and
7:21 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear
thy servant curse thee: 7:22 For oftentimes also thine own heart
knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.
7:23 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it
was far from me.
7:24 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?
7:25 I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out
wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly,
even of foolishness and madness: 7:26 And I find more bitter than
death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as
bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall
be taken by her.
7:27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by
one, to find out the account: 7:28 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I
find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all
those have I not found.
7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but
they have sought out many inventions.
8:1 Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a
thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of
his face shall be changed.
8:2 I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard
of the oath of God.
8:3 Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing;
for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.
8:4 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto
him, What doest thou? 8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no
evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.
8:6 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the
misery of man is great upon him.
8:7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when
it shall be? 8:8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to
retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and
there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver
those that are given to it.
8:9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is
done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over
another to his own hurt.
8:10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the
place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had
so done: this is also vanity.
8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily,
therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do
8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be
prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear
God, which fear before him: 8:13 But it shall not be well with the
wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow;
because he feareth not before God.
8:14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be
just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked;
again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work
of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.
8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under
the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall
abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth
him under the sun.
8:16 When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business
that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that neither day nor
night seeth sleep with his eyes:) 8:17 Then I beheld all the work of
God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun:
because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it;
yea farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be
able to find it.
9:1 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this,
that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of
God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them.
9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous,
and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean;
to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the
good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an
9:3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that
there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is
full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after
that they go to the dead.
9:4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a
living dog is better than a dead lion.
9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any
thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is
9:6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now
perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing
that is done under the sun.
9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a
merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
9:8 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no
9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the
life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the
days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy
labour which thou takest under the sun.
9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for
there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave,
whither thou goest.
9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the
swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise,
nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of
skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
9:12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken
in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are
the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon
9:13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great
unto me: 9:14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and
there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great
bulwarks against it: 9:15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man,
and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that
same poor man.
9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the
poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
9:17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him
that ruleth among fools.
9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth
10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a
stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for
wisdom and honour.
10:2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at
10:3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom
faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.
10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy
place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.
10:5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error
which proceedeth from the ruler: 10:6 Folly is set in great dignity,
and the rich sit in low place.
10:7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants
upon the earth.
10:8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an
hedge, a serpent shall bite him.
10:9 Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that
cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.
10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he
put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.
10:11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler
is no better.
10:12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a
fool will swallow up himself.
10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the
end of his talk is mischievous madness.
10:14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be;
and what shall be after him, who can tell him? 10:15 The labour of
the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to
go to the city.
10:16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes
eat in the morning! 10:17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is
the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength,
and not for drunkenness! 10:18 By much slothfulness the building
decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth
10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money
answereth all things.
10:20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the
rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice,
and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
11:1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many
11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not
what evil shall be upon the earth.
11:3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the
earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in
the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.
11:4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth
the clouds shall not reap.
11:5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the
bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou
knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
11:6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not
thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or
that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
11:7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes
to behold the sun: 11:8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in
them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be
All that cometh is vanity.
11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee
in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in
the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God
will bring thee into judgment.
11:10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from
thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil
days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no
pleasure in them; 12:2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or
the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 12:3
In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong
men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few,
and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 12:4 And the doors
shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low,
and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters
of musick shall be brought low; 12:5 Also when they shall be afraid of
that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree
shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire
shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go
about the streets: 12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the
golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or
the wheel broken at the cistern.
12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit
shall return unto God who gave it.
12:8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.
12:9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the
people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in
order many proverbs.
12:10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which
was written was upright, even words of truth.
12:11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the
masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many
books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and
keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret
thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
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