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The Benefit of Wisdom1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;4 If thou seekest her as...

Advice for Kings1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and...

Live a Disciplined Life1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.4 Labour not to be rich: cease...

The Lord Controls Wise and Foolish People1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turn­eth it whithersoever he will.2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.3 To do justice and judgment...

How Fools Live1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.4 The words of a man’s mouth are as...

Observations on Living in Community1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.3 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company...

Lemuel’s Lesson1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.4 It is not for kings,...

Agur’s Confession of Faith1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of...

Observations on Impiety and Religious Integrity1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.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 prolonged.3 A poor man that...

Observations about Life1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier...

Observations about Fools1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod...

Fear the Lord1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious...

Wisdom Regarding Work and Being a Neighbor1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORDis the maker of them all.3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hid­eth himself: but the...

Foolproof Instructions1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.3 It is an honour for a man to cease from...

How to Avoid Fools and Foolishness1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.3 The foolishness of man...

The Consequences of Being a Fool1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.3 The fining pot is for silver,...

Wisdom’s Blessings Come from the Lord1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts...

Wise Ways to Live1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.3 The eyes of the LORDare in every place, beholding the evil and the good.4 A wholesome tongue is...

Wise People Live Righteously1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but...

A Wise Son Lives Righteously1 A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth...

Varied Observations on Virtues and Vices1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowl­­­­edge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall...

The Value of Righteousness1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.4 Riches profit not...

A Wise Son Is Righteous1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he...

Wisdom Hosts a Banquet1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city,4 Whoso is simple,...

Wisdom’s Announcement1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.4 Unto you, O...

Advice about Avoiding the Adulteress1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my...

Avoid Disaster1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come...

Avoid Adultery1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:4 But her end is bitter...

Cherish Wisdom1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.4 He taught me also, and said unto me,...

Using Wisdom1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:4 So...

The Reasons for the Proverbs1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and...