The Bible Online: Book 20 Proverbs: 20:001:001 - 20:014:035


20:001:001 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

20:001:002 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of

20:001:003 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment,
and equity;

20:001:004 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and

20:001:005 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of
understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

20:001:006 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of
the wise, and their dark sayings.

20:001:007 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools
despise wisdom and instruction.

20:001:008 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not
the law of thy mother:

20:001:009 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and
chains about thy neck.

20:001:010 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

20:001:011 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us
lurk privily for the innocent without cause:

20:001:012 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those
that go down into the pit:

20:001:013 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses
with spoil:

20:001:014 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:

20:001:015 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot
from their path:

20:001:016 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

20:001:017 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

20:001:018 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for
their own lives.

20:001:019 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which
taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

20:001:020 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:

20:001:021 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of
the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,

20:001:022 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the
scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

20:001:023 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto
you, I will make known my words unto you.

20:001:024 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my
hand, and no man regarded;

20:001:025 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my

20:001:026 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear

20:001:027 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction
cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon

20:001:028 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they
shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

20:001:029 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of
the LORD:

20:001:030 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.

20:001:031 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be
filled with their own devices.

20:001:032 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the
prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

20:001:033 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be
quiet from fear of evil.

20:002:001 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my
commandments with thee;

20:002:002 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine
heart to understanding;

20:002:003 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice
for understanding;

20:002:004 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for
hid treasures;

20:002:005 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the
knowledge of God.

20:002:006 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge
and understanding.

20:002:007 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler
to them that walk uprightly.

20:002:008 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of
his saints.

20:002:009 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and
equity; yea, every good path.

20:002:010 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is
pleasant unto thy soul;

20:002:011 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

20:002:012 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man
that speaketh froward things;

20:002:013 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of

20:002:014 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the

20:002:015 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:

20:002:016 To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger
which flattereth with her words;

20:002:017 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the
covenant of her God.

20:002:018 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the

20:002:019 None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of
the paths of life.

20:002:020 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the
paths of the righteous.

20:002:021 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall
remain in it.

20:002:022 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the
transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

20:003:001 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my

20:003:002 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add
to thee.

20:003:003 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy
neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

20:003:004 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight
of God and man.

20:003:005 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding.

20:003:006 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy

20:003:007 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from

20:003:008 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

20:003:009 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits
of all thine increase:

20:003:010 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses
shall burst out with new wine.

20:003:011 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be
weary of his correction:

20:003:012 For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the
son in whom he delighteth.

20:003:013 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth

20:003:014 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of
silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

20:003:015 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou
canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

20:003:016 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand
riches and honour.

20:003:017 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are

20:003:018 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and
happy is every one that retaineth her.

20:003:019 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding
hath he established the heavens.

20:003:020 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop
down the dew.

20:003:021 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom
and discretion:

20:003:022 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

20:003:023 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not

20:003:024 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou
shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

20:003:025 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the
wicked, when it cometh.

20:003:026 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot
from being taken.

20:003:027 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in
the power of thine hand to do it.

20:003:028 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow
I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

20:003:029 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth
securely by thee.

20:003:030 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no

20:003:031 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.

20:003:032 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is
with the righteous.

20:003:033 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he
blesseth the habitation of the just.

20:003:034 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the

20:003:035 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion
of fools.

20:004:001 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to
know understanding.

20:004:002 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.

20:004:003 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the
sight of my mother.

20:004:004 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my
words: keep my commandments, and live.

20:004:005 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline
from the words of my mouth.

20:004:006 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and
she shall keep thee.

20:004:007 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with
all thy getting get understanding.

20:004:008 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to
honour, when thou dost embrace her.

20:004:009 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of
glory shall she deliver to thee.

20:004:010 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy
life shall be many.

20:004:011 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in
right paths.

20:004:012 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when
thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.

20:004:013 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for
she is thy life.

20:004:014 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way
of evil men.

20:004:015 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.

20:004:016 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their
sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

20:004:017 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of

20:004:018 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth
more and more unto the perfect day.

20:004:019 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what
they stumble.

20:004:020 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

20:004:021 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of
thine heart.

20:004:022 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all
their flesh.

20:004:023 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the
issues of life.

20:004:024 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far
from thee.

20:004:025 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look
straight before thee.

20:004:026 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be

20:004:027 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot
from evil.

20:005:001 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my

20:005:002 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep

20:005:003 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her
mouth is smoother than oil:

20:005:004 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

20:005:005 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

20:005:006 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are
moveable, that thou canst not know them.

20:005:007 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the
words of my mouth.

20:005:008 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her

20:005:009 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto
the cruel:

20:005:010 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be
in the house of a stranger;

20:005:011 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are

20:005:012 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised

20:005:013 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined
mine ear to them that instructed me!

20:005:014 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and

20:005:015 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out
of thine own well.

20:005:016 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in
the streets.

20:005:017 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.

20:005:018 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy

20:005:019 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.

20:005:020 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman,
and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

20:005:021 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he
pondereth all his goings.

20:005:022 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall
be holden with the cords of his sins.

20:005:023 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his
folly he shall go astray.

20:006:001 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast
stricken thy hand with a stranger,

20:006:002 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken
with the words of thy mouth.

20:006:003 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.

20:006:004 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

20:006:005 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a
bird from the hand of the fowler.

20:006:006 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

20:006:007 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,

20:006:008 Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in
the harvest.

20:006:009 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out
of thy sleep?

20:006:010 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the
hands to sleep:

20:006:011 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want
as an armed man.

20:006:012 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.

20:006:013 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he
teacheth with his fingers;

20:006:014 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually;
he soweth discord.

20:006:015 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he
be broken without remedy.

20:006:016 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an
abomination unto him:

20:006:017 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent

20:006:018 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift
in running to mischief,

20:006:019 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord
among brethren.

20:006:020 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law
of thy mother:

20:006:021 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy

20:006:022 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it
shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with

20:006:023 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and
reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

20:006:024 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the
tongue of a strange woman.

20:006:025 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take
thee with her eyelids.

20:006:026 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.

20:006:027 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be

20:006:028 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?

20:006:029 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever
toucheth her shall not be innocent.

20:006:030 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul
when he is hungry;

20:006:031 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give
all the substance of his house.

20:006:032 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh
understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

20:006:033 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not
be wiped away.

20:006:034 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare
in the day of vengeance.

20:006:035 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content,
though thou givest many gifts.

20:007:001 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

20:007:002 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of
thine eye.

20:007:003 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine

20:007:004 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding
thy kinswoman:

20:007:005 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the
stranger which flattereth with her words.

20:007:006 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,

20:007:007 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the
youths, a young man void of understanding,

20:007:008 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the
way to her house,

20:007:009 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:

20:007:010 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an
harlot, and subtil of heart.

20:007:011 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:

20:007:012 Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at
every corner.)

20:007:013 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face
said unto him,

20:007:014 I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.

20:007:015 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy
face, and I have found thee.

20:007:016 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved
works, with fine linen of Egypt.

20:007:017 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

20:007:018 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us
solace ourselves with loves.

20:007:019 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:

20:007:020 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at
the day appointed.

20:007:021 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the
flattering of her lips she forced him.

20:007:022 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the
slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

20:007:023 Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the
snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

20:007:024 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to
the words of my mouth.

20:007:025 Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her

20:007:026 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have
been slain by her.

20:007:027 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of

20:008:001 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?

20:008:002 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the
places of the paths.

20:008:003 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the
coming in at the doors.

20:008:004 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.

20:008:005 O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an
understanding heart.

20:008:006 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of
my lips shall be right things.

20:008:007 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an
abomination to my lips.

20:008:008 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is
nothing froward or perverse in them.

20:008:009 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to
them that find knowledge.

20:008:010 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather
than choice gold.

20:008:011 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may
be desired are not to be compared to it.

20:008:012 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty

20:008:013 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy,
and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

20:008:014 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have

20:008:015 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

20:008:016 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the

20:008:017 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall
find me.

20:008:018 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and

20:008:019 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my
revenue than choice silver.

20:008:020 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths
of judgment:

20:008:021 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and
I will fill their treasures.

20:008:022 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his
works of old.

20:008:023 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the
earth was.

20:008:024 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there
were no fountains abounding with water.

20:008:025 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I
brought forth:

20:008:026 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor
the highest part of the dust of the world.

20:008:027 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a
compass upon the face of the depth:

20:008:028 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the
fountains of the deep:

20:008:029 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not
pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the

20:008:030 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily
his delight, rejoicing always before him;

20:008:031 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights
were with the sons of men.

20:008:032 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are
they that keep my ways.

20:008:033 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

20:008:034 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my
gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

20:008:035 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of
the LORD.

20:008:036 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they
that hate me love death.

20:009:001 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven

20:009:002 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she
hath also furnished her table.

20:009:003 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest
places of the city,

20:009:004 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that
wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

20:009:005 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have

20:009:006 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of

20:009:007 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he
that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.

20:009:008 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man,
and he will love thee.

20:009:009 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser:
teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

20:009:010 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the
knowledge of the holy is understanding.

20:009:011 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy
life shall be increased.

20:009:012 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou
scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

20:009:013 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth

20:009:014 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the
high places of the city,

20:009:015 To call passengers who go right on their ways:

20:009:016 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that
wanteth understanding, she saith to him,

20:009:017 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is

20:009:018 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her
guests are in the depths of hell.

20:010:001 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but
a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

20:010:002 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness
delivereth from death.

20:010:003 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish:
but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

20:010:004 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand
of the diligent maketh rich.

20:010:005 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that
sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

20:010:006 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth
the mouth of the wicked.

20:010:007 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked
shall rot.

20:010:008 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating
fool shall fall.

20:010:009 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that
perverteth his ways shall be known.

20:010:010 He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating
fool shall fall.

20:010:011 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence
covereth the mouth of the wicked.

20:010:012 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

20:010:013 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found:
but a rod is for the back of him that is void of

20:010:014 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is
near destruction.

20:010:015 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of
the poor is their poverty.

20:010:016 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the
wicked to sin.

20:010:017 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that
refuseth reproof erreth.

20:010:018 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a
slander, is a fool.

20:010:019 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that
refraineth his lips is wise.

20:010:020 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the
wicked is little worth.

20:010:021 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of

20:010:022 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no
sorrow with it.

20:010:023 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of
understanding hath wisdom.

20:010:024 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire
of the righteous shall be granted.

20:010:025 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the
righteous is an everlasting foundation.

20:010:026 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the
sluggard to them that send him.

20:010:027 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the
wicked shall be shortened.

20:010:028 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the
expectation of the wicked shall perish.

20:010:029 The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but
destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

20:010:030 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not
inhabit the earth.

20:010:031 The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward
tongue shall be cut out.

20:010:032 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the
mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

20:011:001 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight
is his delight.

20:011:002 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is

20:011:003 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the
perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

20:011:004 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness
delivereth from death.

20:011:005 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the
wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

20:011:006 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but
transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

20:011:007 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the
hope of unjust men perisheth.

20:011:008 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked
cometh in his stead.

20:011:009 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but
through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

20:011:010 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and
when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

20:011:011 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is
overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

20:011:012 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man
of understanding holdeth his peace.

20:011:013 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful
spirit concealeth the matter.

20:011:014 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of
counsellors there is safety.

20:011:015 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he
that hateth suretiship is sure.

20:011:016 A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain

20:011:017 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is
cruel troubleth his own flesh.

20:011:018 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth
righteousness shall be a sure reward.

20:011:019 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil
pursueth it to his own death.

20:011:020 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD:
but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

20:011:021 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished:
but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

20:011:022 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman
which is without discretion.

20:011:023 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation
of the wicked is wrath.

20:011:024 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is
that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

20:011:025 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall
be watered also himself.

20:011:026 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but
blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

20:011:027 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that
seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

20:011:028 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous
shall flourish as a branch.

20:011:029 He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and
the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

20:011:030 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that
winneth souls is wise.

20:011:031 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much
more the wicked and the sinner.

20:012:001 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth
reproof is brutish.

20:012:002 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked
devices will he condemn.

20:012:003 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of
the righteous shall not be moved.

20:012:004 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that
maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

20:012:005 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of
the wicked are deceit.

20:012:006 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the
mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

20:012:007 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the
righteous shall stand.

20:012:008 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that
is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

20:012:009 He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he
that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.

20:012:010 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the
tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

20:012:011 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he
that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

20:012:012 The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the
righteous yieldeth fruit.

20:012:013 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the
just shall come out of trouble.

20:012:014 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

20:012:015 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that
hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

20:012:016 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth

20:012:017 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a
false witness deceit.

20:012:018 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the
tongue of the wise is health.

20:012:019 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying
tongue is but for a moment.

20:012:020 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the
counsellors of peace is joy.

20:012:021 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall
be filled with mischief.

20:012:022 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal
truly are his delight.

20:012:023 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools
proclaimeth foolishness.

20:012:024 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful
shall be under tribute.

20:012:025 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word
maketh it glad.

20:012:026 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the
way of the wicked seduceth them.

20:012:027 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting:
but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

20:012:028 In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway
thereof there is no death.

20:013:001 A wise son heareth his father's instruction: but a scorner
heareth not rebuke.

20:013:002 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul
of the transgressors shall eat violence.

20:013:003 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that
openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

20:013:004 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the
soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

20:013:005 A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome,
and cometh to shame.

20:013:006 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but
wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

20:013:007 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is
that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

20:013:008 The ransom of a man's life are his riches: but the poor
heareth not rebuke.

20:013:009 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the
wicked shall be put out.

20:013:010 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is

20:013:011 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that
gathereth by labour shall increase.

20:013:012 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire
cometh, it is a tree of life.

20:013:013 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that
feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

20:013:014 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the
snares of death.

20:013:015 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors
is hard.

20:013:016 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth
open his folly.

20:013:017 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful
ambassador is health.

20:013:018 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction:
but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

20:013:019 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is
abomination to fools to depart from evil.

20:013:020 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion
of fools shall be destroyed.

20:013:021 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be

20:013:022 A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children:
and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

20:013:023 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is
destroyed for want of judgment.

20:013:024 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him
chasteneth him betimes.

20:013:025 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the
belly of the wicked shall want.

20:014:001 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh
it down with her hands.

20:014:002 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he
that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

20:014:003 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of
the wise shall preserve them.

20:014:004 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by
the strength of the ox.

20:014:005 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will
utter lies.

20:014:006 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is
easy unto him that understandeth.

20:014:007 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest
not in him the lips of knowledge.

20:014:008 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the
folly of fools is deceit.

20:014:009 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is

20:014:010 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not
intermeddle with his joy.

20:014:011 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the
tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

20:014:012 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death.

20:014:013 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that
mirth is heaviness.

20:014:014 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and
a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

20:014:015 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh
well to his going.

20:014:016 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool
rageth, and is confident.

20:014:017 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked
devices is hated.

20:014:018 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with

20:014:019 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of
the righteous.

20:014:020 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath
many friends.

20:014:021 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath
mercy on the poor, happy is he.

20:014:022 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be
to them that devise good.

20:014:023 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips
tendeth only to penury.

20:014:024 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of
fools is folly.

20:014:025 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness
speaketh lies.

20:014:026 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children
shall have a place of refuge.

20:014:027 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the
snares of death.

20:014:028 In the multitude of people is the king's honour: but in the
want of people is the destruction of the prince.

20:014:029 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he
that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

20:014:030 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the
rottenness of the bones.

20:014:031 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that
honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

20:014:032 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous
hath hope in his death.

20:014:033 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding:
but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.

20:014:034 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any

20:014:035 The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is
against him that causeth shame.

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