The First Collection of Solomonic Proverbs48
10:1 The Proverbs of Solomon:
10:2 Treasures gained by wickedness5 do not profit,
but the one who sleeps18 during the harvest
is a son who brings shame to himself.19
10:6 Blessings20 are on the head of the righteous,
10:7 The memory24 of the righteous is a blessing,
but the one who behaves perversely34 will be found out.
and the one who speaks foolishness38 will come to ruin.
10:12 Hatred44 stirs up dissension,
but love covers all transgressions.45
but the one who rejects65 rebuke goes astray.
10:18 The one who conceals hatred utters lies,66
10:19 When words abound, transgression is inevitable,70
and so is wisdom for the one who has discernment.89
10:24 What the wicked fears90 will come on him;
but the righteous are an everlasting foundation.95
10:26 Like vinegar to the teeth and like smoke to the eyes,96
so is the sluggard to those97 who send him.
10:28 The hope102 of the righteous is joy,
but the expectation of the wicked will remain unfulfilled.103
but the wicked will not inhabit the land.109
but the speech116 of the wicked is perverse.
but an accurate weight3 is his delight.
11:3 The integrity of the upright guides them,9
but the crookedness of the unfaithful destroys them.10
11:4 Wealth does not profit in the day of wrath,11
but righteousness delivers from mortal danger.12
11:5 The righteousness of the blameless will make straight their way,13
but the wicked person will fall by his own wickedness.14
11:6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them,15
11:7 When a wicked person dies, his expectation perishes,18
11:8 The righteous person is delivered21 out of trouble,
and the wicked turns up in his stead.22
but by knowledge26 the righteous will be delivered.
when the wicked perish, there is joy.
11:11 A city is exalted by the blessing provided from29 the upright,
but the one who is trustworthy38 conceals a matter.
11:14 When there is no guidance39 a nation falls,
but there is success40 in the abundance of counselors.
11:16 A generous woman45 gains honor,
but a cruel person brings himself trouble.51
11:27 The one who diligently seeks93 good seeks favor,
11:31 If the righteous are recompensed on earth,107
12:1 The one who loves discipline loves knowledge,1
but the one who hates reproof is stupid.2
but a righteous root7 cannot be moved.
12:5 The plans12 of the righteous are just;
the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.13
but the words16 of the upright will deliver them.
but the righteous household19 will stand.
but the one who has a twisted mind22 is despised.
than one who pretends to be somebody important25 yet has no food.
12:10 A righteous person cares for26 the life of his animal,
but even the most compassionate acts27 of the wicked are cruel.
12:12 The wicked person desires a stronghold,32
but the righteous person escapes out of trouble.37
12:14 A person will be satisfied with good from the fruit of his words,38
but the one who listens to advice is wise.44
12:18 Speaking recklessly53 is like the thrusts of a sword,
12:19 The one who tells the truth57 will endure forever,
12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil,60
but those who promote peace61 have joy.
but the wicked are filled with calamity.64
12:26 The righteous person is cautious in his friendship,82
but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
12:27 The lazy person does not roast83 his prey,
but personal possessions84 are precious to the diligent.
but another path leads to death.85
but a scoffer3 does not listen to rebuke.
13:3 The one who guards his words9 guards his life,
but the desire of the diligent will be abundantly satisfied.16
13:5 The righteous person hates anything false,17
but the wicked person acts in shameful disgrace.18
but wickedness21 overthrows the sinner.
13:7 There is one who pretends to be rich22 and yet has nothing;
but the poor person hears no threat.27
but wisdom is with the well-advised.34
13:16 Every shrewd60 person acts with knowledge,
but a fool displays61 his folly.
but the one who accepts reproof is honored.69
but fools abhor70 turning away from evil.
13:20 The one who associates71 with the wise grows wise,
but a companion of fools suffers harm.72
13:21 Calamity73 pursues sinners,
but prosperity rewards the righteous.74
but the wealth of a sinner is stored up for the righteous.78
13:23 There is abundant food in the field79 of the poor,
but it is swept away by injustice.80
13:25 The righteous has enough food to satisfy his appetite,87
but the belly of the wicked lacks food.88
but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.
14:2 The one who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,4
but the one who is perverted in his ways5 despises him.
but the words9 of the wise protect them.
but an abundant harvest is produced by strong oxen.10
14:5 A truthful witness11 does not lie,
but understanding is easy16 for a discerning person.
14:7 Leave the presence of a foolish person,17
but the folly of fools is deception.23
but among the upright there is favor.26
14:10 The heart knows its own bitterness,27
14:11 The household30 of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent31 of the upright will flourish.
14:12 There is a way that seems right to a person,32
but its end is the way that leads to death.33
14:13 Even in laughter the heart may ache,34
but a good person will be rewarded39 for his.
14:15 A naive person40 believes everything,
but the shrewd person discerns his steps.41
14:16 A wise person is cautious42 and turns from evil,
14:17 A person who has a quick temper45 does foolish things,
14:18 The naive inherit48 folly,
14:19 Those who are evil will bow51 before those who are good,
14:20 A poor person is disliked54 even by his neighbors,
but those who love the rich are many.
but whoever is kind to the needy is blessed.
14:22 Do not those who devise55 evil go astray?
14:23 In all hard work58 there is profit,
14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches,62
but the folly63 of fools is folly.
and it will be a refuge70 for his children.
14:28 A king’s glory is77 the abundance of people,
but whoever shows favor88 to the needy honors him.
14:32 The wicked will be thrown down in his trouble,89
14:34 Righteousness exalts94 a nation,
but sin is a disgrace95 to any people.
but his wrath falls98 on one who acts shamefully.
15:1 A gentle response1 turns away anger,
but the mouth of the fool spouts out6 folly.
15:3 The eyes of the Lord7 are in every place,
keeping watch8 on those who are evil and those who are good.
but a perverse tongue13 breaks the spirit.
but whoever heeds reproof shows good sense.14
but the income of the wicked brings trouble.17
15:7 The lips of the wise spread18 knowledge,
but not so the heart of fools.19
15:9 The Lord abhors25 the way of the wicked,
15:10 Severe discipline28 is for the one who abandons the way;
the one who hates reproof29 will die.
15:11 Death and Destruction30 are before the Lord—
he will not go to35 the wise.
but by a painful heart the spirit is broken.
but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.38
15:16 Better44 is little with the fear of the Lord
15:17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love47
than a fattened ox where there is hatred.48
15:18 A quick-tempered person49 stirs up dissension,
15:19 The way of the sluggard is like a hedge of thorns,53
15:20 A wise child56 brings joy to his father,
15:21 Folly is a joy to one who lacks sense,59
15:22 Plans fail62 when there is no counsel,
but with abundant advisers they are established.63
and a word at the right time66—how good it is!
15:25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,71
but he maintains the boundaries of the widow.72
but whoever hates bribes81 will live.
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.85
15:29 The Lord is far86 from the wicked,
15:30 A bright look89 brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the body.90
15:32 The one who refuses correction despises himself,95
15:33 The fear of the Lord provides wise instruction,98
and before honor comes humility.99
and your plans will be established.13
even the wicked for the day of disaster.16
16:8 Better to have a little with righteousness30
than to have abundant income without justice.31
16:11 Honest scales and balances40 are from the Lord;
all the weights41 in the bag are his handiwork.
16:12 Doing wickedness42 is an abomination to kings,
because a throne43 is established in righteousness.
but a wise person appeases it.51
16:15 In the light of the king’s face52 there is life,
16:16 How much better it is to acquire55 wisdom than gold;
to acquire understanding is more desirable56 than silver.
and a haughty spirit before a fall.63
16:19 It is better to be lowly in spirit64 with the afflicted
than to share the spoils65 with the proud.
but folly leads to the discipline of fools.78
sweet to the soul and healing85 to the bones.
16:25 There is a way that seems right to a person,86
but its end is the way that leads to death.87
16:28 A perverse person97 spreads dissension,
and a gossip separates the closest friends.98
and leads him down a path that is terrible.101
16:30 The one who winks his eyes102 devises perverse things,
16:32 Better to be slow to anger110 than to be a mighty warrior,
16:33 The dice are thrown into the lap,114
than a house full of feasting with strife.3
17:2 A servant who acts wisely4 will rule
and will share the inheritance along with the relatives.8
whoever rejoices over disaster will not go unpunished.
but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends.37
17:10 A rebuke makes a greater impression on38 a discerning person
than a hundred blows on a fool.39
17:11 An evil person seeks only rebellion,40
17:12 It is better for a person to meet43 a mother bear being robbed of her cubs,
17:13 As for the one who repays47 evil for good,
stop it before strife breaks out!52
17:15 The one who acquits the guilty and the one who condemns the innocent53—
both of them are an abomination to the Lord.54
17:17 A friend59 loves at all times,
17:19 The one who loves a quarrel loves transgression;66
whoever builds his gate high seeks destruction.67
and the one who is deceitful in speech70 falls into trouble.
and the father of a fool has no joy.74
17:23 A wicked person receives a bribe secretly79
to pervert80 the ways of justice.
17:24 Wisdom is directly in front of81 the discerning person,
17:25 A foolish child is a grief84 to his father,
and bitterness to the mother who bore him.85
and the one who stays calm92 is discerning.
17:28 Even a fool who remains silent is considered93 wise,
and the one who holds his tongue is deemed discerning.94
he rejects3 all sound judgment.
18:2 A fool takes no pleasure4 in understanding
and with shame comes9 a reproach.
by depriving19 a righteous man of justice.
and his lips are a snare for his life.24
they go down into the person’s innermost being.27
and it is like a high wall in his imagination.40
18:12 Before destruction the heart41 of a person is proud,
that is his folly and his shame.46
18:14 A person’s spirit47 sustains him through sickness—
18:15 The discerning person50 acquires knowledge,
18:16 A person’s gift53 makes room for him,
and leads him54 before important people.
with the product of his lips is he satisfied.
and those who love its use73 will eat its fruit.
18:23 A poor person makes supplications,78
but a rich man answers harshly.79
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
19:1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity1
19:5 A false witness14 will not go unpunished,
how much more do his friends avoid him—
the one who preserves understanding will prosper.27
how much less for a servant to rule over princes!32
but his favor is like dew on the grass.39
19:13 A foolish child40 is the ruin of his father,
19:14 A house and wealth are inherited from parents,44
but a prudent wife45 is from the Lord.
19:16 The one who obeys commandments guards50 his life;
19:18 Discipline your child, for58 there is hope,
19:19 A person with great anger bears the penalty,61
but if you deliver him from it once, you will have to do it again.62
19:20 Listen to advice63 and receive discipline,
and a poor person is better than a liar.73
19:24 The sluggard plunges79 his hand in the dish,
and he will not even bring it back to his mouth!80
correct a discerning person, and as a result he will understand knowledge.84
is a son87 who brings shame and disgrace.
19:27 If you stop listening to88 instruction, my child,
you will stray89 from the words of knowledge.
19:28 A crooked witness90 scorns justice,
and the mouth of the wicked devours91 iniquity.
19:29 Judgments92 are prepared for scorners,
and floggings for the backs of fools.
whoever goes astray by them is not wise.3
20:2 The king’s terrifying anger4 is like the roar of a lion;
but every fool quarrels.9
but an understanding person18 draws it out.
20:6 Many people profess their loyalty,19
blessed are his children after him.24
20:8 A king sitting on the throne to judge25
I am pure30 from my sin”?
20:10 Diverse weights and diverse measures31—
the Lord abhors32 both of them.
whether his activity is pure and whether it is right.35
20:12 The ear that hears and the eye that sees36—
the Lord has made them both.37
20:13 Do not love sleep,38 lest you become impoverished;
but when he goes on his way, he boasts.43
but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.54
20:18 Plans55 are established by counsel,
20:19 The one who goes about gossiping58 reveals secrets;
20:20 The one who curses61 his father and his mother,
20:21 An inheritance gained easily64 in the beginning
20:23 The Lord abhors71 differing weights,
and dishonest scales are wicked.72
20:26 A wise king separates out82 the wicked;
he turns the threshing wheel over them.83
searching all his innermost parts.87
20:28 Loyal love and truth88 preserve a king,
and his throne is upheld by loyal love.89
20:29 The glory90 of young men is their strength,
20:30 Beatings and wounds cleanse away93 evil,
he turns it wherever he wants.
21:2 All of a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion,4
the agricultural product9 of the wicked is sin.
but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.13
they seek death.17
but as for the pure,24 his way is upright.
21:9 It is better to live on a corner of the housetop25
his neighbor is shown no favor30 in his eyes.
21:11 When a scorner is punished, the naive31 becomes wise;
when a wise person is instructed,32 he gains knowledge.
he overthrows the wicked to their ruin.36
he too will cry out and will not be answered.39
and terror47 to those who do evil.
21:16 The one who wanders48 from the way of wisdom