1 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, judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain to wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of YHWH is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother:
9 For they shall be an ornament of grace to your head, and chains about your neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.
11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay in wait for blood, let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause:
12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those who go down into the pit:
13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
14 Cast in your lot among us; let us all have one purse:
15 My son, do not walk in the way with them; refrain your foot from their path:
16 For their feet run to evil, and make hurry to shed blood.
17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
18 And they lay in wait for their own blood; they lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy of gain; who takes away the life of its owners.
20 Wisdom cries outside; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
21 She cries in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 How long, you* simple ones, will you* love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit to you*, I will make my words known to you*.
24 Because I have called, and you* refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But you* have set at nothing all my counsel, and rejected my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your* calamity; I will mock when your* fear comes;
27 When your* fear comes as desolation, and your* destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes upon you*.
28 They shall call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of YHWH:
30 They rejected my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
33 But whoever listens to me shall dwell in safety, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
1 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you;
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you criest after knowledge, and liftest up your voice for understanding;
4 If you seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
5 Then you shall understand the fear of YHWH, and find the knowledge of Elohim.
6 For YHWH gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
7 He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to those who walk uprightly.
8 He keeps the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
9 Then you shall understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; and every good path.
10 When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul;
11 Discretion shall preserve you, understanding shall keep you:
12 To deliver you from the way of the evil men, from the men who speak froward things;
13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked, and who are froward in their paths:
16 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger who flattereth with her words;
17 Who forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her Elohim.
18 For her house inclineth to death, and her paths to the dead.
19 None who go to her return again, neither do they take hold of the paths of life.
20 So you shall walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
1 My son, do not forget my law; but let your heart keep my commandments;
2 For length of days, long life, and peace, they shall add to you.
3 Do not let mercy and truth forsake you: bind them about your neck; write them upon the tablet of your heart:
4 So you shall find favor and good understanding in the sight of Elohim and man.
5 Trust in YHWH with all your heart; and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes: fear YHWH, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to your body, and marrow to your bones.
9 Honor YHWH with your substance, and with the first-fruits of all your increase:
10 So your barns shall be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst out with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the chastening of YHWH; neither be weary of his correction:
12 For whom YHWH loves he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delights.
13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who getteth understanding.
14 For its merchandise is better than the merchandise of silver, and its gain than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things you can desire are not to be compared to her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold upon her: and happy is everyone who retaineth her.
19 YHWH by wisdom has founded the earth; by understanding he has established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, do not let them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
22 So they shall be life to your soul, and grace to your neck.
23 Then you shall walk in your way safely, and your foot shall not stumble.
24 When you liest down, you shall not be afraid: but you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes.
26 For YHWH will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being taken.
27 Do not withhold good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when you have it by you.
29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells securely by you.
30 Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
32 For the froward is an abomination to YHWH: but his secret is with the righteous.
33 The curse of YHWH is in the house of the wicked: but he blesses the habitation of the just.
34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he gives grace to the lowly.
35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
1 Hear, you* children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you* good doctrine, do not forsake 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 to me, Let your heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: do not forget it; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Do not forsake her, and she shall preserve you: love her, and she shall keep you.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to honor, when you embrace her.
9 She shall give to your head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory she shall deliver to you.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of your life shall be many.
11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.
12 When you go, your steps shall not be straitened; and when you runnest, you shall not stumble.
13 Take firm hold of instruction; do not let her go: keep her; for she is your life.
14 Do not enter into the path of the wicked, and do not go in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, do not pass by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they do not sleep, unless they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more and more to the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they do not know at what they stumble.
20 My son, attend to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it flows the source of life.
24 Put away from you a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from you.
25 Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established.
27 Do not turn to the right hand nor to the left: remove your foot from evil.
1 My son, attend to my wisdom, and bow your ear to my understanding:
2 So that you may regard discretion, and that your lips may keep knowledge.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as a honey-comb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold upon hell.
6 Lest you should ponder the path of life, her ways are movable, so that you cannot know them.
7 Hear me now therefore, O you* children, and do not depart from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove your way far from her, and do not come near the door of her house:
9 Lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel:
10 Lest strangers be filled with your wealth; and your labors be in the house of a stranger;
11 And you mourn at the last, when your flesh and your body are consumed,
12 And say, How I have hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!
14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
15 Drink waters out of your own cistern, and running waters out of your own well.
16 Let your fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
17 Let them be only your own, and not for strangers with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of your youth.
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts stisfy you at all times; and be ravished always with her love.
20 And why will you, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of YHWH, and he pondereth all his goings.
22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be held with the cords of his sins.
23 He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
1 My son, if you are surety for your friend, if you have stricken your hand with a stranger,
2 You are snared with the words of your mouth, you are taken with the words of your mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, and deliver yourself, when you have come into the hand of your friend; go, humble yourself, and make urgent request to your friend.
4 Do not give sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.
5 Deliver yourself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
8 Provideth her provisions in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.
9 How long will you sleep, O sluggard? when will you arise out of your sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 So your poverty shall come as one who traveleth, and your want as an armed man.
12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walks with a froward mouth.
13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaks with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he sows discord.
15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; he shall be suddenly broken without remedy.
16 These six things YHWH hates: even seven are abominations to him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.
18 A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness who speaks lies, and him who sows discord among brothers.
20 My son, keep your father's commandment, and do not forsake the law of your mother:
21 Bind them continually upon your heart, and tie them about your neck.
22 When you go, it shall lead you; when you sleep, it shall keep you; and when you awakest, it shall talk with you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
24 To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take you with her eyelids.
26 For by means of a lewd woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
29 So he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; whoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
31 But if he is found, he shall restore seven-fold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
32 But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding: he who does it destroyeth his own soul.
33 He shall get a wound and dishonor; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though you givest many gifts.
1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with you.
2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them upon your fingers, write them upon the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, You are my sister; and call understanding your kinswoman:
5 So that they may keep you from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
6 For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house.
9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
10 And behold, a woman met him with the attire of a harlot, and subtle of heart.
11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet do not abide in her house:
12 Now she is outside, now in the streets, and lies in wait at every corner.)
13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said to him,
14 I have peace-offerings with me; this day I have paid my vows.
15 Therefore I came forth to meet you, diligently to seek your face, and I have found you.
16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with affection.
19 For the good-man is not at home, he has gone on a long journey:
20 He has taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she impelled him.
22 He goes after her quickly, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
23 Till a dart strikes through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and does not know that it is for his life.
24 Now therefore listen to me, O you* children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
25 Do not let your heart decline to her ways, do not go astray in her paths.
26 For she has cast down many wounded: yes, many strong men have been slain by her.
27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
1 Does wisdom not cry? and understanding put forth her voice?
2 She stands on the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths.
3 She cries at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors.
4 To you*, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.
5 O you* simple, understand wisdom: and you* fools, be of an understanding heart.
6 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.
10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.
11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
12 I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of ingenious inventions.
13 The fear of YHWH is to hate evil: pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the froward mouth, I hate.
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
17 I love those who love me; and those who seek me early shall find me.
18 Riches and honor are with me; durable riches and righteousness.
19 My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment.
21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
22 YHWH possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or before the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills I was brought forth.
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
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:
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore listen to me, O you* children: for blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and do not refuse it.
34 Blessed is the man who hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor from YHWH.
36 But he who sins against me wrongeth his own soul: all those who hate me love death.
1 Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars:
2 She has killed her beasts; she has mingled her wine; she has also furnished her table.
3 She has sent forth her maidens: she cries upon the highest places of the city,
4 Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: as for him who wanteth understanding, she says to him,
5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
7 He who reproveth a scorner, getteth shame for himself: and he who rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
8 Do not reprove a scorner, lest he shall hate you: rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of YHWH is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.
12 If you are wise, you shall be wise for yourself: but if you scornest, you alone shall bear it.
13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knows nothing.
14 For she sits at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 To call passengers who go right on their ways:
16 Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: and as for him who wanteth understanding, she says to him,
17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
18 But he does not know that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes 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 YHWH will not allow the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casts away the substance of the wicked.
4 He becometh poor who deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son: but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall perish.
8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
9 He who walks uprightly walks surely: but he who perverteth his ways shall be known.
10 He who winketh with the eye causes sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
12 Hatred stirs up strife: but love covereth all sins.
13 In the lips of him who has understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him who is void of understanding.
14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
16 The labor of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
17 He is in the way of life who keeps instruction: but he who refuseth reproof erreth.
18 He who hides hatred with lying lips, and he who uttereth a slander, is a fool.
19 In the multitude of words there is no lack of sin: but he who restraineth his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
22 The blessing of YHWH, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding has wisdom.
24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
25 As the whirlwind passes, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
26 As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.
27 The fear of YHWH prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
29 The way of YHWH is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
31 The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaks frowardness.
1 A false balance is an abomination to YHWH: but a just weight is his delight.
2 When pride comes, shame comes: 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 do not profit in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
5 The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perishes.
8 The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead.
9 A hypocrite destroyeth his neighbor with his mouth: but through knowledge the just shall be delivered.
10 When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12 He who is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor: but a man of understanding holds his peace.
13 A gossiper revealeth secrets: but he who is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
15 He who is surety for a stranger shall suffer for it: and he who hates suretyship is secure.
16 A gracious woman retaineth honor: and strong men retain riches.
17 The merciful man does good to his own soul: but he who is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him who sows righteousness shall be a sure reward.
19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he who pursueth evil, pursueth it to his own death.
20 Those who are of a froward heart are abominations to YHWH: but those who are upright in their way are his delight.
21 Though hand joineth in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman who is without discretion.
23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
24 There is one who scatters, and yet increaseth; and there is one who withholds more than is proper, but it tendeth to poverty.
25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he who watereth shall be watered also himself.
26 He who withholds grain, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him who selleth it.
27 He who diligently seeks good procureth favor: but he who seeks mischief, it shall come to him.
28 He who trusts in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
29 He who troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he who winneth souls is wise.
31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed upon the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge: but he who hates reproof is brutish.
2 A good man obtaineth favor from YHWH: but he will condemn a man of wicked devices.
3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she who makes him ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
7 The wicked are overthrown, and are no more: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he who is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
9 He who is despised, and has a servant, is better than he who honors himself, and is forsaken of bread.
10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
11 He who tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he who follows vain persons is void of understanding.
12 The wicked desires the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompense of a man's hands shall be rendered to him.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he who listens to counsel is wise.
16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
17 He who speaks truth shows forth righteousness: but a false witness, deceit.
18 There is one who speaks like the piercing of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
19 The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.
21 No evil shall happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to YHWH: but those who deal truly are his delight.
23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
25 Heaviness in the heart of man depresseth it: but a good word makes it glad.
26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
27 The slothful man does not roast that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in its path there is no death.
1 A wise son hears his father's instruction: but a scorner does not hear rebuke.
2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
3 He who keeps his mouth keeps his life: but he who opens his lips wide shall have destruction.
4 The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
5 A righteous man hates lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and comes to shame.
6 Righteousness keeps him who is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
7 There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing: there is one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.
8 The ransom of a man's life is his riches: but the poor does not hear rebuke.
9 The light of the righteous rejoices: but the lamp of the wicked shall be extinguished.
10 Only by pride comes contention: but with the well-advised is wisdom.
11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he who gathers by labor shall increase.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
13 Whoever despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he who fears the commandment shall be rewarded.
14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
15 Good understanding gives favor: but the way of transgressors is hard.
16 Every prudent man deals with knowledge: but a fool lays open his folly.
17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
18 Poverty and shame shall be to him who refuseth instruction: but he who regardeth reproof shall be honored.
19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.
20 He who walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid.
22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is one who is destroyed for want of judgment.
24 He who spareth his rod hates his son: but he who loves him chasteneth him diligently.
25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
2 He who walks in his uprightness fears YHWH: but he who is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
6 A scorner seeks wisdom, and does not find it: but knowledge is easy to him who understands.
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor.
10 The heart knows its own bitterness; and a stranger does not intermeddle with its joy.
11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
12 There is a way which seems right to a man, but the ways of death are at its end.
13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
15 The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.
16 A wise man fears, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
17 He who is quick to anger deals foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is hated even by his own neighbor: but the rich has many friends.
21 He who despiseth his neighbor sins: but he who has mercy on the poor, is happy.
22 Do those who devise evil not err? but mercy and truth shall be to those who devise good.
23 In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaks lies.
26 In the fear of YHWH is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of YHWH is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
28 In the multitude of people is the king's honor: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
29 He who is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he who is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
31 He who oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he who honors him has mercy on the poor.
32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has hope in his death.
33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him who has understanding: and it is made known in the midst of fools.
34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
35 The king's favor is towards a wise servant: but his wrath is against him who causes shame.
1 A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3 The eyes of YHWH are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness in it is a breach in the spirit.
5 A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he who regardeth reproof is prudent.
6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7 The lips of the wise diffuse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish does not do so.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to YHWH: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to YHWH; but he loves him who follows after righteousness.
10 Correction is grievous to him who forsaketh the way: and he who hates reproof shall die.
11 Hell and destruction are before YHWH: how much more the hearts of the children of men!
12 A scorner does not love one who reproveth him: neither will he go to the wise.
13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
16 Better is little with the fear of YHWH, than great treasure and trouble with it.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred with it.
18 A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he who is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
19 The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
20 A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
21 Folly is joy to him who is forsaken of wisdom: but a man of understanding walks uprightly.
22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
25 YHWH will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are abominations to YHWH: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
27 He who is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he who hates gifts shall live.
28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29 YHWH is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart; and a good report makes the bones fat.
31 The ear that hears the reproof of life abides among the wise.
32 He who refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he who hears reproof getteth understanding.
33 The fear of YHWH is the instruction of wisdom: and before honor is humility.
1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, are from YHWH.
2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but YHWH weigheth the spirits.
3 Commit your works to YHWH, and your thoughts shall be established.
4 YHWH has made all things for himself: yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.
5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to YHWH: though hand joineth in hand, they shall not be unpunished.
6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of YHWH men depart from evil.
7 When a man's ways please YHWH, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right.
9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but YHWH directeth his steps.
10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth does not transgress in judgment.
11 A just weight and balance are YHWH'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.
12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him who speaks right.
14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
15 In the light of a king's countenance is life; and his favor is as a cloud of the latter rain.
16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold? and to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver?
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he who keeps his way preserveth his soul.
18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He who handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusts in YHWH, is happy.
21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
22 Understanding is a well-spring of life to him who has it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are as a honey-comb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
25 There is a way that seems right to a man, but the ways of death are at its end.
26 He who laboreth, laboreth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
27 An un-elohimly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
28 A froward man sows strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
29 A violent man enticeth his neighbor, and leads him into the way that is not good.
30 He shuts his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he brings evil to pass.
31 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.
32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap: but its every verdict is from YHWH.
1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness with it, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.
2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son who causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brothers.
3 The refining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but YHWH tries the hearts.
4 A wicked doer gives heed to false lips: and a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue.
5 He who mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker; and he who is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children is their fathers.
7 Excellent speech is not suitable for a fool: much less are lying lips for a prince.
8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him who has it: wherever it turns, it prospereth.
9 He who covereth a transgression seeks love; but he who repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
10 A reproof enters more into a wise man than one hundred stripes into a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore withdraw from contention, before it is meddled with.
15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, even the both of them are abominations to YHWH.
16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he has no heart to it?
17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man void of understanding strikes hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
19 He loves transgression who loves strife: and he who exalteth his gate seeks destruction.
20 He who has a froward heart finds no good: and he who has a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
21 He who begetteth a fool does it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
23 A wicked man takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
24 Wisdom is before him who has understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.
26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
27 He who has knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
28 Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he who shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeks and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but only that his heart may reveal itself.
3 When the wicked comes, then contempt also comes, and with ignominy comes reproach.
4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the well-spring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for strokes.
7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a gossiper are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
9 He also who is slothful in his work is brother to him who is a great waster.
10 The name of YHWH is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is safe.
11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall in his own conceit.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.
13 He who answereth a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.
17 He who is first in his own cause seems just; but his neighbor comes and searches him.
18 The lot causes contentions to cease, and parts between the mighty.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips he shall be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and those who love it shall eat its fruit.
22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtaineth favor from YHWH.
23 The poor uses entreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
24 A man of many friends may come to ruin: but there is a friend who sticketh closer than a brother.
1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, than he who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2 Also, for the soul to be without knowledge, it is not good; and he who hasteth with his feet sins.
3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against YHWH.
4 Wealth makes many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbor.
5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall not escape.
6 Many will entreat the favor of the prince: and every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.
7 All the brothers of the poor hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are no more.
8 He who getteth wisdom loves his own soul: he who keeps understanding shall find good.
9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall perish.
10 Delight is not appropriate for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favor is as dew upon the grass.
13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from YHWH.
15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his own soul; but he who despiseth his ways shall die.
17 He who has pity upon the poor, lendeth to YHWH; and that which he has given he will pay him again.
18 Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not let your soul spare for his crying.
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if you deliver him, yet you must do it again.
20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, so that you may be wise in your latter end.
21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of YHWH, that shall stand.
22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of YHWH tendeth to life: and he who has it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24 A slothful man hides his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Smite a scorner and the simple will take heed: and reprove one who has understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
26 He who wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son who causes shame, and brings reproach.
27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causes you to err from the words of knowledge.
28 An un-elohimly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived by it is not wise.
2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoever provoketh him to anger sins against his own soul.
3 It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Most men will each proclaim his own goodness: but who can find a faithful man?
7 The just man walks in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
10 Diverse weights, and diverse measures, both of them are alike abominations to YHWH.
11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work is pure, and whether it is right.
12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, YHWH has made even both of them.
13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.
14 It is nothing, it is nothing, says the buyer: but when he is gone, then he boasts.
15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 Take his garment who is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
19 He who goes about as a gossiper revealeth secrets; therefore do not meddle with him who flattereth with his lips.
20 Whoever curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but its end shall not be blessed.
22 Do not say, I will recompense evil; but wait on YHWH, and he shall save you.
23 Diverse weights are an abomination to YHWH; and a false balance is not good.
24 Man's goings are of YHWH; how can a man then understand his own way?
25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and later vows to make inquiry.
26 A wise king scatterreth the wicked, and brings the wheel over them.
27 The spirit of man is the candle of YHWH, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld by mercy.
29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes to the inward parts of the belly.
1 The king's heart is in the hand of YHWH, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he pleaseth.
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but YHWH pondereth the hearts.
3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to YHWH than sacrifice.
4 A high look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of everyone who is hasty only to want.
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro by those who seek death.
7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the house-top, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
10 The soul of the wicked desires evil: his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.
12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but Elohim overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom, strong wrath.
15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
16 The man who wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
17 He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man: he who loves wine and oil shall not be rich.
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
20 There is a treasure to be desired, and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
21 He who follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness, and honor.
22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casts down the strength of its confidence.
23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who deals in proud wrath.
25 The desire of the slothful kills him; for his hands refuse to labor.
26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous gives and does not spare.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind?
28 A false witness shall perish: but the man who hears speaks constantly.
29 A wicked man hardens his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against YHWH.
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is from YHWH.
1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.
2 The rich and poor meet together: YHWH is the maker of them all.
3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hides himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
4 By humility and the fear of YHWH are riches, honor, and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he who keeps his soul shall be far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 He who sows iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
9 He who has a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he gives of his bread to the poor.
10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall end; yes, strife and reproach shall cease.
11 He who loves pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
12 The eyes of YHWH preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
13 The slothful man says, There is a lion outside, I shall be slain in the streets.
14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he who is abhorred by YHWH shall fall therein.
15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
16 He who oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he who gives to the rich, shall surely come to want.
17 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge.
18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you, if they shall be ready in your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in YHWH, I have made known to you this day, even to you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
21 So that I might make you know the certainty of the words of truth; so that you might answer the words of truth to those who send to you?
22 Do not rob the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
23 For YHWH will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those who spoiled them.
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man you shall not go:
25 Lest you learn his ways, and get a snare to your soul.
26 Do not be one of those who strike hands, or of those who are sureties for debts.
27 If you have nothing to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?
28 Do not remove the ancient landmark, which your fathers have set.
29 Do you see a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before obscure men.
1 When you sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you:
2 And put a knife to your throat, if you are a man given to appetite.
3 Do not be desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful food.
4 Do not labor to be rich: cease from your own wisdom.
5 Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make for themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards heaven.
6 Do not eat the bread of him who has an evil eye, neither desire his dainties:
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so he is: Eat and drink, he says to you; but his heart is not with you.
8 The morsel which you have eaten you shall vomit up, and lose your sweet words.
9 Do not speak in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
10 Do not remove the old landmark; and do not enter into the fields of the fatherless:
11 For their redeemer is mighty; he will plead their cause with you.
12 Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold correction from the child: for if you beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
14 You shall beat him with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from hell.
15 My son, if your heart is wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
16 Yes, my heart shall rejoice, when your lips speak right things.
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners: but be in the fear of YHWH all the day long.
18 For surely there is an end; and your expectation shall not be cut off.
19 Hear, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the way.
20 Do not be among drunkards; among riotous eaters of flesh:
21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
22 Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it; also wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he who begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
25 Your father and your mother shall be glad, and she who bore you shall rejoice.
26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.
27 For a lewd woman is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
28 She also lies in wait as for prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
29 Who has woe? who has sorrow? who has contentions? who has babbling? who has wounds without cause? who has redness of eyes?
30 Those who stay long at the wine; those who go to seek mixed wine.
31 Do not look upon the wine when it is red, when it gives its color in the cup, when it moves itself aright.
32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
33 Your eyes shall behold strange women, and your heart shall utter perverse things.
34 And you shall be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he who lies upon the top of a mast.
35 They have stricken me, you will say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I did not feel it: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
1 Do not be 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 a house is built; and by understanding it is established:
4 And by knowledge the chambers shall be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong; and a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6 For by wise counsel you shall make your war: and in multitude of counselors there is safety.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he does not open his mouth in the gate.
8 He who deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
10 If you faintest in the day of adversity, your strength is small.
11 Hold back and deliver those who are drawn to death, and those who are ready to be slain;
12 If you say, Behold, we did not know it; does he who pondereth the heart not consider it? and he who keeps your soul, does he not know it? and will he not render to every man according to his works?
13 My son, eat honey, because it is good; and the honey-comb, which is sweet to your taste:
14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul: when you have found it, there shall be a reward, and your expectation shall not be cut off.
15 Do not lay in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; do not destroy his resting-place:
16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falleth, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles:
18 Lest YHWH see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
19 Do not fret yourself because of evil men, neither be envious of the wicked;
20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be extinguished.
21 My son, fear YHWH and the king: and do not meddle with those who are given to change:
22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knows the ruin of the both of them?
23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
24 He who says to the wicked, You are righteous; the people shall curse him, nations shall abhor him:
25 But to those who rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
26 Every man shall kiss his lips who gives a right answer.
27 Prepare your work outside, and make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterwards build your house.
28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause; and do not deceive with your lips.
29 Do not say, I will do so to him as he has done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31 And behold, it was all grown over with thorns, nettles had covered its face, and its stone wall was broken down.
32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34 So shall your poverty come as one who traveleth; and your want as an armed man.
1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
2 It is the glory of Elohim to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the refiner.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
6 Do not put forth yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of great men:
7 For it is better that it be said to you, Come up here; than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince whom your eyes have seen.
8 Do not go forth hastily to strive, lest you not know what to do in the end thereof, when your neighbor has put you to shame.
9 Debate your cause with your neighbor himself; and do not reveal a secret to another:
10 Lest he who hears it put you to shame, and your infamy not turn away.
11 A word conveniently spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
14 Whoever boasts himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 By long forbearing a prince is persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
16 Have you found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for you, lest you be filled with it, and vomit it.
17 Withdraw your foot from your neighbor's house; lest he be weary of you, and so hate you.
18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is a maul, a sword, and a sharp arrow.
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
20 As he who takes away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon soda; so is he who singeth songs to a heavy heart.
21 If your enemy shall hunger, give him bread to eat; and if he shall thirst, give him water to drink:
22 For you shall heap coals of fire upon his head, and YHWH will reward you.
23 The north wind drives away rain: so does an angry countenance to a backbiting tongue.
24 It is better to dwell in a corner of the house-top, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a turbid fountain, and a corrupt spring.
27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
28 He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest; so honor is not appropriate for a fool.
2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the causeless curse shall not come.
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fool's back.
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.
5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
6 He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinks damage.
7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
8 As he who bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.
9 As a thorn goes up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
10 The great Elohim who formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.
11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
12 Do you see a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
13 The slothful man says, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
14 As the door turns upon its hinges, so does the slothful upon his bed.
15 The slothful hides his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men who can render a reason.
17 He who passes by, and meddleth with strife not belonging to him, is like one who takes a dog by the ears.
18 As a mad man who casts fire-brands, arrows, and death,
19 So is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, Am I not joking?
20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out: so where there is no gossiper, the strife ceases.
21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a gossiper are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
23 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
24 He who hates dissembleth with his lips, and lays up deceit within him;
25 When he speaks fair, do not believe him: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
26 His hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shown before the whole congregation.
27 Whoever diggeth a pit shall fall into it: and he who rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.
28 A lying tongue hates those who are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth works ruin.
1 Do not boast yourself of tomorrow; for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than both.
4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
7 The full soul loatheth a honey-comb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man who wandereth from his place.
9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
10 Your own friend, and your father's friend, do not forsake; neither go into your brother's house in the day of your calamity: for better is a neighbor who is near, than a brother far off.
11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, so that I may answer him who reproacheth me.
12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
16 Whoever hides her has hidden the wind, and has grasped ointment with his right hand.
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
18 He who keeps the fig-tree shall eat its fruit: so he who waits on his master shall be honored.
19 As in water face reflecteth face, so the heart of man to man.
20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
21 As the refining-pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
22 Though you should bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet his foolishness will not depart from him.
23 Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds.
24 For riches are not forever: and does the crown endure to every generation?
25 The plant appears, and the tender grass shows itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
26 The lambs are for your clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
27 And you shall have enough goats milk for your food, for the food of your household, and for maintenance for your maidens.
1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 For the transgression of a land many are its princes: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
3 A poor man who oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked: but those who keep the law contend with them.
5 Evil men do not understand judgment: but those who seek YHWH understand all things.
6 Better is the poor who walks in his uprightness, than the rich who is perverse in his ways.
7 He who keeps the law is a wise son: but he who is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
8 He who by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him who will pity the poor.
9 He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.
10 Whoever causes 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.
11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor man who has understanding searches him out.
12 When righteous men rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
13 He who covereth his sins shall not prosper: but he who confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
14 Happy is the man who fears always: but he who hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.
15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
16 The prince who wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he who hates covetousness shall prolong his days.
17 A man who does violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
18 He who walks uprightly shall be saved: but he who is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
19 He who tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he who follows after vain persons shall be filled with poverty.
20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he who makes hurry to be rich shall not be innocent.
21 To have respect of persons is not good: because, for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
22 He who hasteth to be rich has an evil eye, and does not consider that poverty shall come upon him.
23 He who rebuketh a man afterward shall find more favor than he who flattereth with the tongue.
24 He who robbeth his father or his mother, and says, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
25 He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife: but he who puts his trust in YHWH shall be made fat.
26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whoever walks wisely, he shall be delivered.
27 He who gives to the poor shall not want: but he who hides his eyes shall have many curses.
28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
1 He, who being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn.
3 He who loves wisdom rejoices his father: but he who keeps company with harlots spendeth his substance.
4 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he who receives gifts overthroweth it.
5 A man who flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for his feet.
6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous singeth and rejoices.
7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked does not regard to know it.
8 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
9 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rageth or laugheth, there is no rest.
10 The blood-thirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keeps it in till afterwards.
12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his servants are wicked.
13 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: YHWH enlighteneth both their eyes.
14 The king who faithfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established forever.
15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame.
16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
17 Correct your son, and he shall give you rest; yes, he shall give delight to your soul.
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he who keeps the law, is happy.
19 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understands, he will not answer.
20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? there is more hope for a fool than for him.
21 He who delicately brings up his servant from a child shall have him at length become his son.
22 An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.
24 Whoever is partner with a thief, hates his own soul: he hears cursing, and does not disclose it.
25 The fear of man brings a snare: but he who puts his trust in YHWH shall be safe.
26 Many seek the ruler's favor; but every man's judgment comes from YHWH.
27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.
1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spoke to Ithiel, even to Ithiel and Ucal.
2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and do not have the understanding of a man.
3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the Holy One.
4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? who has gathered the wind in his fists? who has bound the waters in a garment? who has established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if you can tell?
5 Every word of Elohim is pure: he is a shield to those who put their trust in him.
6 Do not add to his words, lest he reprove you, and you be found a liar.
7 Two things I have required of you; do not deny them to me before I die:
8 Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
9 Lest I be full, and deny you, and say, Who is YHWH? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my Elohim in vain.
10 Do not accuse a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.
11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and does not bless their mother.
12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet are not washed from their filthiness.
13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.
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.
15 The horse-leech has two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, even four things that do not say, It is enough:
16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that does not say, It is enough.
17 The eye that mocketh at its father, and despiseth to obey its mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
18 There are three things which are too wonderful for me, even four which I do not know:
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.
20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eats, and wipeth her mouth, and says, I have done no wickedness.
21 For three things the earth is disquieted, even for four which it cannot bear:
22 A servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with food.
23 An odious woman when she is married; and a handmaid who is heir to her mistress.
24 There are four things which are little upon the earth, but they are very wise:
25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer;
26 The conies are but a feeble people, yet they make their houses in the rocks;
27 The locusts have no king, yet all of them go forth by bands;
28 The spider takes hold with her hands, and is in king's palaces.
29 There are three things which go well, even four are comely in going:
30 A lion, which is strongest among beasts, and does not turn away for any;
31 A greyhound; a male goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.
32 If you have done foolishly in lifting up yourself, or if you have thought evil, lay your hand upon your mouth.
33 Surely the churning of milk brings forth butter, and the wringing of the nose brings forth blood: so the forcing of wrath brings forth strife.
1 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 Do not give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink to him who is ready to perish, and wine to those who are of heavy hearts.
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8 Open your mouth for the mute in the cause of all those who are appointed to destruction.
9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband safely trusts in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax, and works willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchant's ships; she brings her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and gives food to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle does not go out by night.
19 She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yes, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles to the merchant.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom; and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but you excellest them all.
30 Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman who fears YHWH, shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.