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Book of Proverbs

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king Solomon, son of king David. A book of proverbs of great wisdom telling of the ways of the wise and righteous as in comparison to the ways of the foolish and wicked. Authored through King Solomon's life experiences. A major theme of the book is: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom".
thirty-one chapters
in the latter reign of king Solomon, 970-930BC.

Verse by verse, account of the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs: chapter 1

1The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; 2To know wisdom and instruction, that words of understanding may be discerned and comprehended. 3Receiving the instruction for wisdom, justice, judgment and knowing righteousness. 4To be able to teach the simple and give knowledge and judgment to the young man. 5That the wise would hear and increases their learning and the man of understanding attends to wise counsel. 6That the people may understand a proverb, (a figure of speech) and its meaning, the words of the wise and their disguised riddles.

7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8My son, hear the instruction of your father and forsake not the law of your mother. 9For this shall be an ornament of grace to your head and jewels adorning your neck.

10My son, if bad company entices you, do not consent to it. 11If they say to you; Come with us, let us lie in wait for the innocent and take advantage of them without cause. 12We will take them by surprise and leave them for dead. 13And we shall fill our homes with their precious goods. 14Pledge to join our group and we will have one common purse.

15My son, restrain yourself from walking with them in their destructive paths! 16They revel in evil, taking pleasure in their violent deeds. 17For in vain a trap is placed in plain sight. 18But when they secretly lay a trap, they ultimately are setting an ambush against their own lives. 19Also are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain, it takes away its owners' life.

20Wisdom cries outside, she utters her voice in the streets. 21She cries in the chief gathering places and utters her words, saying; 22How long will you be open to evil, loving your simplicity, while scorners delight in their sarcasm and fools despise knowledge? 23Heed my warning and turn back at my reproof, I will pour out my Spirit to you and make my words known to you.

24But, I, wisdom have called out to you and you refused to answer, I have stretched out my hand, but no one paid attention. 25For you have despised all my advice and would heed none of my warning. 26Therefore, I also will laugh at your calamities and mock you as you face your fears. 27As your fear consumes you and ruin comes upon you as a tempest storm. 28Then they shall call upon me, but I will not answer, even as they seek me, they shall not find me.

29Instead they chose to hate knowledge, rather than choosing the fear of the LORD. 30They would not listen to any of my counsel and they despised my corrections. 31They shall reap the fruits of their own way, filled with their own desires. 32For the backsliding of the simple repays them and the ease of fools destroys them. 33But whoever heeds my words shall dwell in safely and shall have no fear of evil.

Proverbs: chapter 2

1My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you. 2So that you attend to wisdom, you shall apply your heart to understanding. 3Yes, if you seek after knowledge and speak having understanding. 4Seeking and searching for wisdom as the silver of hidden treasures, 5Then you shall understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6For the LORD gives wisdom and from His words come knowledge and understanding. 7The LORD lays up sound wisdom for the righteous and is a shield to those who walk uprightly. 8He sets the ways of judgment and guards the paths of His saints. 9Then you shall understand righteousness, judgment, honesty and every good path.

10When wisdom comes into your heart and knowledge becomes pleasing to you. 11Common sense will then watch over you and understanding shall keep you. 12Keeping you from the way of the evil man, those who speak wicked things. 13They who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness. 14Rejoicing in evil deeds, delighting in the perversities of the wicked. 15Their ways are crooked, for they are perverted in their paths.

16Wisdom and understanding will deliver you from the loose woman, the outsider who flatters you with her words. 17Who forsakes the guide and husband of her youth, forgetting the covenant of her God. 18Even her house leads her to death, and her paths to the spiritually dead. 19Those who join with her do not return, nor do they take hold of the path of life.

20So, walk in the way of good and keep the paths of the righteous. 21For the upright shall dwell in the land and the blameless in the sight of God, shall remain in it. 22But the wicked and transgressors shall be destroyed from the earth.

Proverbs: chapter 3

1My son, do not forget my law and let your heart keep my commandments. 2They shall give you length of days and long life and fullness of life. 3Do not lose hold on mercy and truth, bind them to you and write them upon your heart. 4And you shall find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.

7Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the LORD and turn from evil. 8It shall be health to your flesh and vitality to your bones. 9Honor the LORD with your substance and with the firstfruits of all your increase. 10And your barns shall be filled with plenty and your vats shall overflow with new wine. 11My son, do not despise the discipline of the LORD, nor be faint hearted with His reproof. 12For whom the LORD loves, He corrects, just as a father corrects the son in whom he delights in.

13Blessed is the man who finds wisdom and receives understanding. 14For the increase from wisdom is far better than the gain you get from silver, for its yield is better than fine gold. 15Wisdom is more precious than rubies and all the things you can desire are not to be compared with her. 16Length of days are in her right hand and riches and honor are in her left hand. 17Pleasant are her ways and all her paths are peaceful. 18She is a tree of life to those who embrace her and those who do are happy. 19For the LORD founded the earth by wisdom and through understanding the heavens were made. 20By His knowledge the depths were separated and the clouds distilled the dew.

21My son, keep sound wisdom and judgment, do not lose sight of them. 22For they shall quicken your soul and be assurance to your flesh. 23Your way shall then be sure and your feet shall not stumble. 24When you lie down, you shall not be afraid, your sleep shall be sweet. 25Do not be afraid of sudden panic, or of the destruction of the wicked. 26For the LORD shall be your hope, He shall keep you steadfast.

27Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is within your ability to do so. 28If the substance is within your hand, do not say to your neighbor; Come back tomorrow and I will give it to you. 29Do not scheme evil against your neighbor, as he dwells without fear by you. 30Do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm. 31Do not envy a cruel man, neither choose any of his ways. 32For the perverted man is an abomination to the LORD, but He confides with the righteous. 33For the LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the righteous. 34He scoffs at the proud and godless, but He gives grace to the humble. 35The wise will inherit glory, but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

Proverbs: chapter 4

1Sons, listen to the advice of a father, hear my words that they may give you understanding. 2For what you receive of my counsel is good, do not forsake my teachings. 3For when I was young, being my father's son. 4He also taught me, telling me to; keep his words in my heart, to keep his commandments and live. 5Get wisdom and understanding, once you have them do not forget them, nor turn away from my teachings. 6Do not forsake wisdom, rather love her and she will keep you. 7First and foremost get godly wisdom, it is the principal thing and will produce in you understanding. 8Prize wisdom and she shall exalt you, embrace her and she shall bring you honor. 9She shall adorn your life with grace, giving you a crown of glory. 10My son, hear me and receive my sayings and the days of your life shall be many. 11For I have taught you in the way of godly wisdom, leading you in upright paths. 12As you walk your steps shall not be restricted and when you run you shall not stumble. 13Hold fast to instruction, do not let go of her, for she is your life.

14Do not enter the path of the wicked, following the path of evil. 15Avoid it, stay your distance, turn from it and pass on! 16For the evil person does not rest unless they have done wickedly causing someone to fall, otherwise their sleep is taken from them. 17For their whole existence is wickedness and violence. 18But the path of the just is as a shining light, coming closer and closer to the perfect day. 19The way of the wicked is as deep darkness, they know not what they stumble over.

20My son, listen to my words and submit to my sayings. 21Let them not depart from your sight, keep them in the midst of your heart. 22For they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh. 23Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs forth the issues of life. 24Put away from you dishonest speech and put slanderous talk far from you. 25Let your eyes look rightfully having a fixed purpose, looking straight ahead of you. 26Consider well your path, letting your ways be rightly established. 27Do not turn to either side, but remove your foot from evil.

Proverbs: chapter 5

1My son, listen to my wisdom, submit yourself to my understanding. 2That you may acquire good discretion, that you may speak wisely. 3For the lips of a seductive woman are sweet and her words are smooth. 4But she will soon turn and become bitter, wounding you to the core. 5She is headed for death and the grave and will take you with her. 6She does not think about her path of life, but aimlessly wanders through life, her path cannot be known.

7Therefore sons, hear me; Do not stray from the words of my mouth. 8Let your way in life be far from hers, keep your distance, avoiding all temptations. 9Lest you throw away your honor, to spend your days with the cruel. 10Laboring in the house of a stranger, casting your pearls before swine. 11Only to moan when your end comes and your flesh and muscle are eaten away. 12Realizing then that you have hated instruction and truly despised correction. 13And say, I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor submitting to wise counsel. 14I was almost overtaken by all evil in everyone's sight.

15Drink waters out of your own cistern and pure waters out of your own well, (NOTE: Be satisfied with your own lawful marriage, for it was given to you to prevent uncleanness).. 16Should your overflowing passions be scattered in the streets? 17Rather, let them be for you alone and not for strangers with you. 18Then shall your life be blessed and you shall rejoice with the wife of your youth. 19As a loving deer and gentle doe, Let her love satisfy you at all times, always dwelling in her love continually.

20But tell me, my son, why should you be ravished with a loose woman, embracing the bosom of a stranger? 21Remember, the ways of a man are always before the LORD. 22The wicked are ensnared by their own iniquities and he is left holding his own sins. 23He dies for lack of discipline and instruction, for in the abundance of his folly, he was led astray.

Proverbs: chapter 6

1My son, if you have entered into a financial agreement with a friend, becoming his collateral, making a deal with a stranger. 2You become entrapped by your own speech. 3My son, deliver yourself now! Go to your friend and humble yourself, resolve the exchange and release yourself. 4Do not even take a rest until this matter is resolved. 5Deliver yourself from being surety in the controller's hand.

6Consider the ways of the ant, you sluggard and become wise. 7She does not have a guide, overseer or ruler. 8She provides food in the summer and gathers food in the harvest. 9Sluggard, how long will you rest? When will you become productive? 10A little sleep and slumber and yet you are looking for more rest. 11So shall also your poverty come, slow but sure.

12A worthless person, a wicked man who talks with a perverse mouth, 13winking with his eyes, shuffling his feet, speaking with his hand, to mislead and deceive. 14Perverseness is in his heart, (morally corrupt) always scheming and bringing up contentions. 15Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly, he will be quickly broken and his end shall be final. 16These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are hateful to his soul: 17(1)A proud look, (2)a lying tongue and (3)hands that shed innocent blood. 18(4)A heart that schemes wickedness, (5)feet that quickly desire to cause evil, 19(6)those who give false witness and (7)he who causes strife among brothers.

20My son, keep your father's commandments and do not forsake the law of your mother. 21Bind them upon your heart forever and tie them around your neck. 22They shall guide you as you go and keep you as you sleep, giving you counsel. 23For the commandment is a lamp, the teaching of the law is the light and reproofs of instruction are the way of life. 24To keep you away from the evil woman, from the flattery of the seductress woman. 25Do not lust after her beauty, nor let her capture you with her eyelids. 26Through an adulterous woman, a man's very life is reduced to crumbs. 27For can a man take fire in his lap and not burn his clothing? 28Can a man walk on hot coals and not burn his feet? 29So is the man who goes into his neighbor's wife, he who touches her shall not be found innocent.

30Men do not despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy his physical hunger. 31Even so if he is found, he shall restore sevenfold to pay his fine. 32But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding, destroying his own soul. 33He shall be wounded and get a medal of dishonor and his shame will not depart from him. 34For jealousy makes the wronged man rage and he will not be spared in the day of vengeance. 35For in that day, no ransom, gifts or bribes shall be considered.

Proverbs: chapter 7

1My son, keep my words and store up my commandments within you. 2Keep my commandments for they bring life and keep my law before your eyes. 3May they be precious for you to look upon, as a ring on your finger, write them upon your heart. 4Consider wisdom to be your sister and understanding your closest relative. 5So that they may keep you from the seductress woman, whom flatters with her words.

6For at my house I looked out the window. 7And saw among the simple ones, a young man with no understanding. 8Arriving at the corner where she lived, then walking the path to her house. 9In the twilight and the dark of night. 10There a woman meets him, wearing the dress of a harlot having a cunning heart. 11She was loud and self-willed, allays roaming never at home. 12Being outside she lies in wait at every corner. 13And she caught him and kissed him and with a hardened face, she said to him. 14I have offerings with me, we shall feast well, for today, I have paid my vows. 15That is why I came out to meet you and see your face. 16My bed is all made up of fine linen, 17perfumed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. 18Let us take our fill of love until the morning, delighting ourselves with caresses. 19For my husband is not at home, he has gone on a long journey. 20He has taken several provisions with him and will be gone many days. 21By her sweet speech and her flattering lips she caused him to yield to her. 22The youth went after her immediately, as an ox goes to the slaughter. 23Until a dart of passion strikes through his vitals, as a bird quickly flies into the trap, not knowing that his soul is being hunted.

24Now listen to me, sons and attend to the words that I speak. 25Do not let your heart be turned aside to her ways, going astray in her paths. 26For she has brought down many strong men. 27Her house is the way to hell, going down to the rooms of death.

Proverbs: chapter 8

1Does not wisdom call out and understanding put forth her voice? 2Wisdom openly stands on the mountain tops. 3Crying out also in the gates of the city. 4I call to the sons of men. 5You simple ones, understand wisdom and you fools, be of an understanding heart. 6I will speak to you of right and excellent things. 7I will only speak the truth, for even speaking wickedness is detestable to me. 8The concepts I give you are righteous, nothing twisted or perverse, (morally corrupt) is in them. 9They are plain and right to those who have knowledge and understand. 10Receive my instruction and not silver and knowledge rather than choice gold. 11For wisdom is better than rubies and all whatever may be desired is not to be compared to it.

12I, wisdom, dwell with reason and discipline, seeking out knowledge. 13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil, prideful ways, arrogance and wicked speech. 14Counsel and sound wisdom are mine, for Christ is my understanding and my strength. 15By him king's reign and princes decree justice. 16Princes and nobles rule under me, the judges of the earth. 17Christ love those who love Him and those who seek Him early shall find Him. 18For enduring riches, honor and righteousness are with me. 19Through acquiring wisdom, my fruit is better than fine gold and my increase better than choice silver. 20I lead in the way of righteousness, walking the path of judgment. 21Causing those who love Me to inherit riches and I fill their treasuries.

22The LORD created wisdom at the very beginning, before His works of old. 23He anointed me, everlasting wisdom, before the earth ever was. 24-25Before the creation of the earth, I, wisdom was brought forth. 27-28Before the heavens were established, I, wisdom was there. 29Before He divided the sea, before the foundations of the earth. 30I was a workman at His side, I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him. 31Rejoicing in His earth and my delight was with the sons of men.

32Therefore now sons listen to me, for blessed are they who keep my ways. 33Hear instruction and become wise, do not refuse it. 34Blessed is the man who hears me and seeks out wisdom. 35For whoever finds me finds life and will obtain favor from the LORD. 36But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul and they who despise wisdom love death.

Proverbs: chapter 9

1Wisdom has built her house and carved out seven foundational pillars. 2She has set her table and prepared a splendid feast. 3She has sent out her maids, to call to the people from the high places. 4Let the simple one's and the one's lacking heart, turn in here. 5Eat of my bread and drink my wine. 6Forsake the ways of the foolish and live and receive the way of understanding. 7But, he who rebukes a sarcastic man brings shame on himself and he who rebukes a wicked man get for himself bruises. 8Therefore do not reprove a scorner, lest he hate you, but you can give correction to a wise man and he will love you. 9Correcting a wise man, will make him yet wiser and teaching a just one, will increase his learning. 10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One brings understanding. 11For through wisdom your days shall be full and the years of your life shall be increased. 12If you are wise, you are wise unto yourself, likewise, if you are sarcastic, you alone shall bear it.

13A foolish woman is troublesome, she is simple, open to all forms of evil and knows nothing. 14She sits at the door of her house, overlooking the high places of the city, 15Calling to those who pass by. 16To the simple one's and those who lack heart, saying to them; Turn in here. 17Forbidden pleasures are sweet and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. 18However, he does not know that shades of death and darkness are there, for her guests are in the depths of hell.

Proverbs: chapter 10

1The proverbs of Solomon, a wise son causes his father to rejoice, but a foolish son is the sorrow of his mother.

2Ill-gotten gain profits you nothing, but righteousness delivers one from death. 3The LORD will not allow the righteous to go hungry, but He casts away the desire of the wicked.

4He who is lethargic soon becomes poor, but the hand of the hard worker makes himself rich.

5He who gathers at harvest time is a wise son, but he who sleeps through it, is a son that causes shame.

6Blessings are on the just, but violence is in the mouth of the wicked.

7The memory of the just is blessed, but the name of the wicked shall rot.

8The wise in heart will follow and heed commandments, but a babbling fool will reject all instructions and fall.

9He who walks uprightly walks securely, but he who perverts his ways shall be found out.

10He who winks the eye with malice intent causes sorrow and a babbling fool shall fall.

11The words of a righteous person are a well of life, but violence fills the mouth of the wicked.

12Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.

13wisdom is found in the speech of him who has understanding, but a rod and disgrace is meant for them who are without understanding.

14The wise store up knowledge, but the speech of the foolish becomes their destruction.

15The rich man's wealth is his stronghold and the ruin of the poor is their poverty.

16The labors of the righteous leads to life, the profit of the wicked leads to yet further sin.

17He who listens to and follows instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses correction goes astray.

18He who covers up his hatred through speaking lies and he who speaks sarcasm, is a self-confident fool.

19Where words abound, sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his speech is wise.

20The speech of the just is as choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is worth little. 21The words of the righteous are food to many, but fools die for lack of wisdom.

22The blessing of the LORD alone makes one truly rich and there is no sorrow with it.

23A fool is entertained by carrying out wickedness, likewise, wisdom is pleasurable to a man of understanding.

24What the wicked fears shall come upon them, but the desires of the righteous shall be granted. 25Storm shall come upon the wicked and they shall perish, but the righteous have an everlasting foundation.

26Such as vinegar is to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who employ him.

27The fear of the LORD prolongs one's days, but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. 28The hope of the righteous is gladness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing.

29The way of the LORD is strength to the upright, but it is ruin to the workers of iniquity. 30The righteous throughout the age, shall not be moved, but the wicked shall not remain in the earth.

31The speech of the just brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue shall be cut off. 32The righteous speaks that which is pleasing, but the wicked speaks perverseness.

Proverbs: chapter 11

1Deceitful practices are an abomination to the LORD, but He delights in fair trade.

2Soon after one becomes proud, shame is soon to follow, but wisdom is with the humble.

3The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the perverseness of the treacherous men shall destroy them.

4In the day of wrath, riches profit nothing, but righteousness delivers oneself from death.

5The righteousness of the blameless shall keep his path straight, but the wicked shall fall due to their own wickedness. 6The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them, but deceivers shall be taken by their own lusts.

7When a wicked man dies his hopes perish with him, all the hopes of an evil person are lost.

8The righteous are delivered out of trouble and the wicked takes their place.

9A hypocrite corrupts his neighbor by his speech, but through knowledge the just shall be delivered.

10When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices and when the wicked are destroyed, there is singing. 11Through the blessing of the upright the city is lifted up, but its downfall comes by the words of the wicked.

12He who belittles his neighbor lacks sense, for a man of understanding remains silent. 13A gossip is a revealer of secrets, but a man of integrity will keep the matter confident.

14Where there is no counsel, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors, there is safety.

15He who becomes collateral for a stranger shall come to ruin, but he who does not practice this is security from its outcome.

16A gracious woman retains her honor and the strong retains his riches.

17The man who is merciful to others also does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel to others also troubles his own flesh.

18The wicked man earns a dishonest wage, but one sowing righteousness has a sure reward.

19Righteousness leads to life, but they whom pursue evil are led to their own death.

20The perverse in heart, (morally corrupt) are an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are His delight.

21You can be assured of this, the wicked shall not go unpunished and the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

22Like a jewel of gold in a pig's snout, so is a beautiful woman who virtue is spotted and lacks discretion.

23The desire of the righteous is only for good, but the hope of the wicked is for transgression.

24There are those who scatter, yet they increase more and those who holdback more than what is due, only to come to poverty.

25The soul that gives liberally shall be enriched and he who waters shall also be watered himself.

26He who withholds grain, the people shall curse, but blessings are on, he who sells.

27He who diligently seeks good finds God's favor, but he who seeks to do after evil, evil will come to him.

28He who trusts in his riches shall fall, but the righteous shall blossom like a branch.

29He who troubles his own house shall inherit nothing but the wind and the foolish shall be a servant to the wise in heart.

30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life and he who claims souls for God is wise.

31The righteous on the earth shall be rewarded, how much more severe the wicked and the sinner.

Proverbs: chapter 12

1Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is like a brute animal.

2Grace is given to the good from the LORD, but the LORD will condemn a man of wicked thoughts.

3A man shall not be established by wickedness and the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

4A woman of virtue is as a crown to her husband, but she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.

5The thoughts of the righteous are pure, but even the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

6The thoughts and words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, but the words of the upright shall deliver them.

7The wicked are overthrown and perish, but the house of the righteous stands.

8A man is praised according to his wisdom, but he who is of a perverse heart, (morally corrupt) shall be despised.

9Better is the lightly esteemed who has substance, than the self-honored who lacks bread.

10A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but even the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

11He who labors in his own field shall be satisfied with bread, but he who follows vain imaginations lacks sense and understanding.

12The desire of the wicked is every kind of evil, but the root of the righteous yield's fruit.

13The wicked are snared by the transgression of their own evil thoughts, but the wisdom of the just shall keep them from trouble.

14A man shall be satisfied through the good of his speech and the works of a man's hands shall come back to him as a reward.

15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to advice is wise.

16A fool's wrath is quickly known, but a prudent man ignores an insult.

17He who speaks the truth shows forth his righteousness, but a false witness brings forth deceit.

18A rash speaker cuts like the piercing of a sword, but the speech of the wise promotes healing.

19The words of truth shall be established forever, but lying speech is but for a moment.

20Treachery is in the heart of those who imagine evil, but counselors who speak of peace bring joy.

21No evil shall happen to the just, but the wicked shall be filled with misfortune and calamity.

22Lying lips are hateful to the LORD, but they who deal truly are His delight.

23A wise man conceals his knowledge, but the heart of fools speaks out their foolishness.

24The hand of the hard worker shall delegate rule, but the lazy shall be under forced labors.

25Worries in a man's heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.

26The righteous man acts as a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked causes them to go astray.

27The slothful man does not dress his game after he has killed it, (NOTE: he fails to complete the job), but a diligent man gets precious wealth.

28Within the way of righteousness is the pathway of life and in that pathway, there is no death.

Proverbs: chapter 13

1A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a scorner does not hear correction.

2A man shall eat well from the goodness of his speech, but the treacherous one's eat their own words filled with violence.

3He who guards his speech keeps his life, but he who freely speaks his mind, it becomes ruin to him.

4The desires of the sluggard shall come to nothing, but the diligent worker shall have plenty.

5The righteous man hates lying and deceit, but the wicked one is repugnant and acts shameful.

6Righteousness keeps the blameless in the path of life, but wickedness hurries into sin and overthrows the sinner.

7There are those who consider themselves to be rich, yet have little and those who act poor, yet they have great riches.

8The rich man can buy his way out of most troubles, but the poor man is not bothered by such concerns.

9The righteous rejoice with inner joy, but the lamp of the wicked shall soon be put out.

10Only through pride are debates and argument brought forth, but wisdom is with those who take advice.

11Wealth quickly gotten through ill-gotten means shall also quickly diminish, but he that labors, gathering riches slowly and shall increases them.

12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

13Whoever despises the Word shall be destroyed, but he who fears the commandment shall be rewarded.

14The principles and the teachings of the wise are their fountain of life, so to depart from the snares of death.

15Wise understanding gives favor, but the way of the transgressors is hard.

16Every wise man deals with knowledge, but a fool lays open his folly.

17A wicked messenger falls into evil, but a faithful ambassador brings healing.

18Poverty and shame shall come to him that refuses instruction, but he who listens to correction shall be honored.

19A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but it is hateful to fools who have set their eyes on evil.

20He who walks with the wise shall be wise, but a companion with fools shall become a fool themselves and shall suffer evil.

21Evil pursues sinners, but the righteous shall be repaid with good.

22A good man leaves an inheritance to his sons' sons and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just man.

23The poor and common work their fields diligently to produce much, but when there is no justice, their rewards are swept away.

24He who spares the rod of correction hates his son, but he who loves him chastens him early on in life.

25The righteous shall eat to their own satisfaction, but the belly of the wicked shall lack food.

Proverbs: chapter 14

1A wise woman builds up her home, but the foolish woman tears it down piece by piece.

2The man that walks upright fears the LORD, but the perverse man despises the LORD.

3The speech of the foolish shows a heart of pride, but the wise and humble man restrains his speech.

4Without putting forth hard labors the profits are minimal and all remains clean, nearly unused, but there is great increase by further labor.

5A faithful witness will not lie, but a false witness will speak lies.

6The sarcastic seeks wisdom, without finding it, but knowledge comes easy to him who understands.

7Go far from the presence of a foolish man when you do not hear wisdom in his speech.

8 The wisdom of the wise will allow him to understand his way, but the folly of fools is deceit.

9Fools laugh at sin, but among the righteous there is favor.

10The heart knows its own bitterness, yet a stranger does not share in this.

11The house of the wicked shall be overthrown, but the tent of the upright shall be blessed.

12There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end of it is the ways of death.

13Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful and the end of that joy is heaviness.

14The heart of the backslider shall be filled with his own ways, also as the good man shall be satisfied with his own good ways.

15The simple believe every word they hear, but the wise man considers his ways.

16A wise man senses' danger and departs from evil, but the fool confidently walks into it.

17He who angers quickly acts foolishly and a man of wicked schemes is hated.

18The inherence of the simple is folly, but the wise are crowned with knowledge.

19Evil men will one day bow before the good men, as in the day when the wicked men bow before the gates of the righteous.

20The poor are hated even by their own neighbor, but the rich have many friends.

21He who despises his neighbor sins, but happy is he who has mercy on the poor.

22Those who think evil go astray, but they who meditate on good thoughts, mercy and truth shall be their reward.

23In all labor there is gain, but idle talk leads only to poverty.

24The crown of the wise is their riches of wisdom, but the foolishness of fools is folly.

25A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies.

26There is strong hope in the fear of the LORD and the LORD's sons shall always have a place of refuge in Him. 27The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to turn aside from the snares of death.

28A king's glory is in the multitude of his people, but in the lack of people is the downfall of the prince.

29He who is slow to wrath is of great understanding, but he who is short tempered shows his folly.

30A sound heart and mind, is life and health to the body, but negative emotions cause rottenness of the bones.

31He who oppresses the poor mocks and insults his Maker, but he who honors the LORD has mercy upon the poor.

32The wicked are driven away by their own wickedness, but the righteous have hope and confidence even in death.

33Wisdom resides in the heart of those who have understanding, but among fools their foolish heart is exposed.

34Righteousness lifts up a nation, but sin is shame to all of it people.

35The king's favor is toward a wise servant, but his wrath is against him who causes shame.

Proverbs: chapter 15

1A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.

2The speech of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but fools pour out words of foolishness.

3The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

4Wholesome speech is a tree of life, but perverse speech breaks down the spirit.

5A fool despises his father's instruction, but he who listens and heeds correction is wise.

6There is much treasure in the house of the righteous, but in the profit of the wicked there is trouble and confusion.

7The speech of the righteous teaches knowledge, but for the hearts of the foolish this is not so.

8Even the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.

9The way of the wicked is hateful to the LORD, but He loves him who pursues righteousness.

10Correction is grievous to him who forsakes the way of the LORD, for he who hates reproof shall die.

11Hell and destruction are before the LORD, even more so are the hearts of the sons of men.

12He who is sarcastic does not love one who corrects him and he will not go to the wise for counsel.

13A merry heart makes for a cheerful face, but sorrow of heart breaks the spirit.

14The hearts desire of him who has understanding seeks further knowledge, but fools feed on foolishness.

15All the days of the afflicted are of misery, but gladness of heart is continual joy.

16Better is little while acknowledging the fear of the LORD, than having great treasure and troubles with it.

17Better is a dinner of mere vegetables where love is, than an elaborate feast where hatred is.

18A wrathful man stirs up strife, but one slow to anger calms the situation.

19The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns, but the way of the righteous is made plain.

20A wise son is his father's joy, but a foolish man despises his mother.

21Folly is joyful to those without any wisdom, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.

22Without wise counsel plans do not stand, but through much wise counsel plans are established.

23A wise answer at the proper time, is a joy to the speaker!

24The path the wise follow leads to a higher life, turning aside from hell below.

25The LORD will destroy the house of the proud, but He sets up borders and makes secure the widow.

26The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but the words of the pure in heart are pleasant.

27He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, but he who hates bribes shall live.

28The righteous man thinks before they answer, but the wicked man is quick to speak out evil things.

29The LORD is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous.

30Light in the eyes makes the heart rejoice and a good report nourishes the bones.

31The person that hears a life giving reproof, shall remain among the wise.

32He who refuses instruction despises his own soul, but he who hears reproof gets understanding.

33The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom and before honor is humility.

Proverbs: chapter 16

1Man orders his plans, but the LORD sets things in motion.

2all the ways of a man are clean and pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the thoughts and intents of the heart.

3Commit your works to the LORD and your thoughts shall be established. 4For the LORD has made everything to accommodate His purpose, even the wicked are part of His plan in the day of evil and calamity.

5All who are proud in heart are an abomination to the LORD, be assured that they shall not go unpunished.

6Through mercy and truth, guilt from sin is purged and by the fear of the LORD men turn away from evil.

7When a man's ways are pleasing the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8Better is a little with righteousness and right standing with God, than great revenues without right standing.

9A man's mind plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.

10When the king divinely swears an oath, he should not waver in judgment.

11Just weights and balances are of the LORD, He has established them all.

12It is an abomination to the LORD for a king to commit wickedness, for a throne is established by righteousness.

13A king delights in those who speech is of righteousness and he who does is loved by the king.

14The fury of a king is as a messenger of death, but a wise man will quiet it. 15For in the light of the king's face is life and his favor flows abundantly.

16It is much better to get wisdom than gold and understanding rather than choice silver!

17The way of the upright is to turn away from evil and he who guards his way preserves his life.

18Pride goes before destruction and an arrogant spirit before a fall.

19It is better to have a humble spirit grouped with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20He who deals wisely in a matter shall find good, for whoever trusts in the LORD is happy, blessed and fortunate.

21The wise in heart shall be called prudent, understanding and knowledgeable, for their speech teaches wisdom.

22Understanding is as a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.

23The wise controls his speech and adds learning to his lips.

24Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.

25There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end of it is the ways of death.

26The laborer is driven to work, because to provide for his daily needs.

27An ungodly man schemes evil and his speech is uncontestable and quick. 28And a perverse man causes strife, separating even close friends.

29A wicked man lures his neighbor into a way that is not good. 30He even meditates on perverse things, to then speak them out, bringing evil to pass.

31The gray head is a crown of glory, if it is found in the way of righteousness.

32He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty and he who rules according to his spirit is better than one who takes a city by might.

33The entire portion is cast into the hands of men, but the distribution of the whole is of the LORD.

Proverbs: chapter 17

1Better is a dry morsel of bread with quietness, than a house filled with great feasting having strife in it.

2A wise servant shall rule over a son who causes shame and shall have part of the inheritance among the brothers.

3Just as silver and gold are refined in the furnace, likewise, the LORD tries the hearts of men.

4The wicked man heeds the actions of false speech and a liar entertains evil speech.

5Whoever mocks the poor reviles his Maker and he who is glad at calamities shall not go unpunished.

6Children and their descendants are the crown of old men, for the glory of the sons is also the fathers glory.

7Excellent of speech is not fitting for a fool, much less is lying speech fitting for a noble.

8A bribe is as a precious stone in the eyes of him who has it, whatever path he chooses he prospers.

9He who covers an offense seeks love, but he who harps on the matter separates even close friends.

10A reproof enters into a wise man, more so than a thousand stripes into a fool.

11An evil man seeks only rebellion, therefore, a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

12It is better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his rage.

13Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

14The beginning of strife is as a slow leak of water, therefore, mend your differences before they break out.

15He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the just, both are an abomination to the LORD.

16Of what use is money in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, since he has no heart or understanding for it?

17A friend loves at all times and is born as a brother for the times of trouble.

18A man lacking sense gives his pledges and becomes security for another in the presence of his friend.

19He who loves strife and arguments loves transgression and by the arrogant man exulting himself, he seeks his own ruin.

20A perverse person can never lead to good, also he with contrary speech falls into calamity himself.

21He who fathers a fool does it to his own sorrow, for the father of a fool has no joy.

22A merry heart is good medicine and works healing, but a broken spirit dries the bones.

23A wicked man receives a bribe so as to pervert the ways of justice.

24A man of understanding sets wisdom before him, but the mind of the fool is scattered throughout the entire earth.

25A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to his mother.

26It is not good to punish the just, or to strike a noble for their uprightness.

27He who has knowledge uses few words and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. 28Even a fool when he is silent, is counted wise and he who speaks not is counted as a man of understanding.

Proverbs: chapter 18

1He that willfully separates himself from God and man seeks only his own desire, breaking away from all sound wisdom.

2A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his heart so that he can expose all of himself.

3With wicked men, scorn and contempt is soon to follow and with shame comes reproach.

4Man's words are as deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is like a flowing stream, (NOTE: pure, fresh and life giving).

5It is not good to favor the person of the wicked, nor to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

6A fool's speech enters into an argument, silently calling for a beating. 7For his mouth is his own destruction to his soul.

8The words of a gossip are as wounds, going down into the innermost parts of the heart. 9Also the man who is slack in his work is a brother to a great destroyer.

10The name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous man runs into it and is safe. 11But the rich man's views his wealth as his strong city.

12Pride comes before the fall and before honor is humility.

13If one answers a matter before he fully hears it, it is folly and shame to him.

14The strong spirit of a man will nourish his sickness, but a wounded spirit who can bear?

15The heart of the prudent gets understanding, as wise men seek knowledge.

16A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.

17The first one to speak always seems convincing, until others cross examine him. 18But casting lots puts an end to the dispute, dividing between the parties.

19A brother who is offended is harder to win over then a fortified city, each of the differences between you are as the bars of the city.

20A man shall be filled with the words of his mouth and will reap the consequences, whether good or evil. 21Death and life are in the power of one's speech and everyone shall reap the results of their own speech.

22Whoever finds a Godly wife finds a good thing and gets favor from the LORD.

23The poor are humble when speaking their requests, but the rich answers roughly, (NOTE: as seen in the parable of the pharisee and the publican, Luke 18:9-14).

24A man having many friends, does so to his own demise, but there is a Friend, who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs: chapter 19

1Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, than a rich fool with perverse speech.

2Acting on desires without knowledge is not good, for he who quickly rushes into such matters, sins.

3Man's foolish desires pervert his own way and he takes up resentment against the LORD.

4Wealth attracts many friends, but the poor are avoided by their neighbor.

5A false witness and one who speaks lies shall not go unpunished, nor escape their destiny.

6Many people ask for the favor of a ruler and all are friends to a man who gives gifts. 7but even the friends and brothers of the poor man hate him, even though he pursues them with words, he still finds himself lacking.

8He who gets wisdom loves his own life, for he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good.

9A false witness and one who speaks lies shall not go unpunished, but shall perish.

10Luxury is not fitting for a fool, much less fitting is for a servant to have rule over a prince.

11By wisdom a man controls his anger and by his glory, he overlooks an offense.

12The king's wrath is as terrifying as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as refreshing as the dew on the grass.

13A foolish son is ruin, to his father and the quarreling of a wife is like a continual never ending dripping.

14Houses and riches are inherited from the fathers, but an understanding wife is from the LORD.

15Through laziness one enters into a deep sleep and an idle person shall suffer hunger.

16He who keeps the commandment of the LORD, preservers his own life, but he who despises His ways shall die.

17He who has pity upon the poor lends to the LORD and the LORD will reward him for his dealings.

18Discipline your children while they are young and there will be hope, for indulging them only leads to ruin for them.

19A man filled with much anger shall suffer much in the way of penalties and if you deliver him once, he will expect you to do it again.

20Hear advice and receive instruction, so that you may be wise in the time to come.

21In a man's heart are many plans and purposes, but the counsel of the LORD shall stand.

22That to be desired in a man is his kindness and a poor man is better than a liar.

23The fear of the LORD leads to life, he shall rest and be satisfied and shall not be visited with evil.

24The sluggard puts his hand in the dish, but is too lazy to bring it to his mouth.

25Strike a foolish person and they will learn from it, reprove one who has understanding and he will increase in knowledge.

26The son who assaults his father and chases away his mother, causes shame and brings reproach.

27My son, do not listen to discipline only to then ignore the words of knowledge.

28An ungodly witness scoffs at judgment and the wicked partake of their own iniquities.

29Judgments are prepared for scorners and stripes for the back of fools.

Proverbs: chapter 20

1Wine is a mocker, strong drink will cause one to rage and whoever goes astray by it is not wise.

2The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion, whoever stirs him to anger sins against his own soul.

3It is honorable for a man to cease from strife, but every fool expresses himself.

4A lazy farmer will not plant in the spring and in the fall he will beg for his harvest.

5Thoughts in the hearts of men are as deep waters, but a man of understanding can draw out the wisdom.

6Most men brag of their own goodness, but a faithful man who can find?

7The just man walks in his integrity and his sons are blessed after him.

8A king who keeps an eye on judgment, removes all evil from his sight.

9Can anyone say; I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? Romans 3:23, 5:12, 1st John 1:8

10Different weights and measures and dishonestly used to one's advantage, the LORD finds both of them to be an abomination.

11Even a child soon gains their own reputation and is known by their deeds, whether their work is pure and right.

12The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made both of them.

13Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty. Open your eyes and you shall be satisfied with bread.

14The buyer claims the merchandise is worthless! Only then to go his way and boast of his purchase.

15Within the earth, there is gold and a multitude of rubies, but even more precious is the person who speaks knowledge.

16Hold on securely to the collateral when making a loan to a stranger.

17Stolen bread is sweet to a man, but afterwards this becomes bitter and distasteful.

18Councils establish plans and purposes and only with good advice can one carry out war.

19A gossip is a revealer of secrets, do not mix or associate such who speaks sweet platitudes.

20Whoever curses his father or mother, his lamp shall be put out in complete darkness.

21An inheritance quickly and cunningly gotten, shall not be blessed in the end.

22Do not think to repay evil for evil, wait upon the LORD and He will vindicate you, (NOTE: vengeance is Mine, says the LORD, Romans 12:19).

23Different weights proving a false balance to gain the advantage are an abomination to the LORD.

24Man's steps are of the LORD, how then can a man understand his own way?

25It is a snare for a man to rashly make a vow to the LORD and then wonder how he might keep it.

26A wise king separates and sweeps out the wicked from the good.

27Man's spirit is the lamp of the LORD, searching the inner thoughts of man.

28Mercy, kindness and truth preserve the king, for his throne is upheld by the people's loyalty.

29The glory of young men is their strength and the beauty of old men is their gray hair.

30A good beating cleanses away evil, reaching to the inward parts of the flesh.

Proverbs: chapter 21

1The hearts of the leaders of the land are in the LORD's hand, He turns it, wherever He will.

2The ways of a man are right in his own eyes, but the LORD tries his heart.

3To do righteousness and judgment is more pleasing to the LORD than sacrifice.

4Arrogance and pride are the sinful marks of the wicked.

5The thoughts and plans of the steadfast and diligent always lead to plenty, but everone who is impatient and hasty lead only to poverty.

6Gains acquired by deception and lying, is as a vapor blown to and fro by those who seek death.

7The robbery and violence of the wicked will destroy them, because they refuse to invoke justice.

8Perverted is the way of a vile man, but the work of the pure is right.

9It is better to dwell alone in a corner of the housetop, than to share a house with a quarrelsome woman.

10The soul of the wicked desires evil and his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.

11When the simple are punished, he is made wise and when the wise are instructed, he receives yet more knowledge.

12The righteous wisely considers the house of the wicked, of how God has overthrown it because of their wickedness.

13Whoever refuses to hear the cries of the poor, shall also cry himself, but he shall not be heard.

14A gift in secret pacifies anger and a bribe in one's lap appeases strong wrath.

15It is joy to just men to enforce justice, but for workers of iniquity it is their ruin.

16The man that wanders from the path of understanding shall abide with the departed spirits of the dead.

17He who loves pleasure shall be a poor man, he who loves wine and oil shall not become rich.

18The wicked shall become ransom and wealth for the righteous and the treacherous for the upright.

19It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a quarrelsome and angry woman.

20Desirable treasures and oil are in the home of the wise, but foolish men do not see its treasure and swallow it up.

21He who follows after righteousness and mercy finds life and achieves honor.

22One wise man can scale the city of the mighty and bring down the strength of its hope.

23He who guards his mouth and controls his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.

24Proud and haughty is the name of the scorner and he deals in arrogant wrath.

25The desire of the lazy man is his downfall, for his hands refused to work. 26He greedily covets all the day long, while the righteous give to him, but even that does not satisfy him.

27The sacrificial offerings of the wicked are an abomination to God and much more when he brings it having a wicked mind.

28A false witness shall perish, but the man who listens and is true will speak on.

29A wicked man hardens his face becoming unchangeable, but the upright man establishes his way.

30There is no human wisdom, understanding or counsel that can prevail against the LORD. 31Even though man prepares the horse for the day of battle, deliverance and victory comes from the LORD.

Proverbs: chapter 22

1To have integrity behind your name is better than great riches and having a gracious spirit favor is better than silver or gold.

2Both the rich and the poor come together before the LORD, for the LORD is the maker of them all.

3The wise man foresees trouble and avoids it, but the simple person walks blindly into it and suffers.

4Only through humility and knowing the fear of the LORD, does one find riches and honor and life.

5The way of the perverse, (morally corrupt) is full of thorns and snares and he who guards his life shall be far from them.

6Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

7The rich rules over the poor and the borrower becomes a servant to the lender.

8He who sows iniquity shall reap only calamities and the weapons of his wrath shall come to nothing.

9He who has a charitable eye shall be blessed, for he gives of his substance to the poor.

10Remove the sarcastic one from your midst and fighting, quarrels and shame shall cease.

11The man that loves pureness of heart, speaks words of grace and the king is his friend.

12The LORD keeps and guards knowledge and the words of the transgressor are overturned.

13The sluggard says to himself; It is dangerous outside, I could be killed in the streets, if I go outside.

14The speech of loose women is very enticing and those despised by the LORD shall fall by it.

15The rod of correction shall drive out foolishness from the heart of a child.

16He that exploits the poor for his own gain and gives bribes to the rich shall surely come to poverty.

17Incline your ear and listen to the words of the wise, apply your heart to my knowledge. 18For if you understand and speak wisdom, it shall be pleasant for you. 19Keeping your trust in the LORD, that I have made known to you. 20For I have written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, 21To let you know the sureness of the words of truth, so you can take them back to those who sent you.

22Do not rob the poor, just because you can and do not oppress the afflicted when they are seeking justice. 23For the LORD will plead their case and He will strip the soul of those who take advantage of them.

24Do not make friends with an angry man or a man of fury, 25lest you learn his ways and it becomes a snare to your soul.

26Do not be one who gives his oath and becomes sureties for debts of others. 27If you cannot cover the debt, why should you be forced into poverty?

28Do not change the boundary lines that your fathers have originally set up.

29A man whose diligent in his business, shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before obscure men.

Proverbs: chapter 23

1When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider what is before you; 2If you are a man given to appetite, resist! 3Do not desire his delicacies, for it is food having hidden motives.

4Do not labor to be rich, cease from your own human understanding. 5Why set your eyes on wealth? It can be gone in an instant, for it flies away on wings like eagles.

6Do not eat the bread of him who has an evil eye, nor desire his dainty foods. 7For he is as he thinks in his heart, he tells you to eat and drink, for all the wrong reasons. 8Even the bit of food that you have eaten, you shall vomit up.

9Do not speak words of wisdom to a fool, for he will despise your words.

10Do not change land boundaries, entering into the fields of the fatherless. 11For their Redeemer is mighty and He shall plead their case against you.

12Apply your heart to instruction and listen to the words of knowledge. 13Do not withhold correction from a boy, it will not kill him. 14discipline him with the rod and you shall deliver his soul from hell. 15My son, if your heart is wise, my heart shall also rejoice. 16Yes, I shall rejoice as you speak righteous things.

17Do not envy sinners, rather, at all times continue in the fear of the LORD. 18For there is a hereafter and a reward, your hope shall not be cut off.

19My son, listen to my words and be wise, guiding your heart in the right way. 20Do not associate with wine-bibbers or gluttonous men eating meat. 21For the drunkard and the glutton lose everything, also the lazy who sleep shall be clothed with rags. 22Listen to your father, nor despise your mother when she is old. 23Purchase truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding and hold on to them. 24Then the father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice, for he shall get joy from his son. 25Both father and mother shall be glad and rejoice. 26My son, give Me your heart and observe My ways. 27For a harlot is a deep ditch and a loose woman is a narrow pit. 28She lies in wait for her prey, increasing her treachery among men.

29Who are the people with woes and sorrows? Filled with contentions and utter babblings, having wounds without a rightful cause and redness of eyes? 30Are they not those who indulge in wine and other enhancing subsistence. 31Judge it not by its sweet appearance, 32but by its end, as to how it will leave you. 33For your eyes will be tempted to look on loose women and your heart shall speak of perverse things. 34You will become as one who is senseless and unstable, not knowing where you are. 35Unable even to feel it when they beet you, denying your true condition and when you awaken. You will gladly seek it again.

Proverbs: chapter 24

1Do not be jealous of evil men, nor desire to associate with them. 2 For their heart meditates on sin that leads to ruin and this is all they speak about.

3One's life, home and family is founded through wisdom and by understanding it is established. 4By knowledge each is provided for. 5And the wise man filled with knowledge is strong, ever increasing in his strength. 6Through wise counsel he makes his plans, for in a multitude of wise men, there is safety.

7Wisdom is too high for a fool, he should not speak in the presence of the wise. 8He who schemes evil shall be called a master of wicked thoughts. 9Their thoughts of foolishness lead to sin and the sarcastic of them is hateful to all men.

10If you faint in a day of adversity, your strength is small.

11Rescue them who are perishing, do not hesitate to help. 12Excuses will not justify you, for He who searches every man's heart knows and will repay a man according to his works.

13My son, eat honey! For it is good and sweet to the taste. 14Just as the knowledge of wisdom is to your soul when you find it and afterwards shall be your reward.

15You wicked ones, do not lie in ambush at the dwelling of the righteous, to spoil his place of rest. 16For just men may fall seven times and rises up again, but the wicked are overthrown by their own evil.

17Do not rejoice and let your heart be glad when your enemy falls. 18Lest this displeases the LORD and He turn away His wrath from your enemy.

19Do not worry because of evil ones, nor be jealous of the wicked. 20For they have no future, the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

21My son, fear the LORD and the king. Do not even associate with the rebellious. 22For their calamity shall come upon them suddenly and who can say what judgments both, the king and the LORD shall place upon them.

23These are the sayings for the wise: To show favoritism to people in judgment is not good. 24For the false judge that says to the wicked, you are righteous. The people will curse him and nations shall abhor him. 25But if the judge should rebuke him, it shall be right in the sight of the people and a blessing shall come upon them. 26And a truthful outcome shall be a pleasure for all.

27Prioritize your work. First prepare your work in the fields, then build your house.

28Do not witness against your neighbor without a cause, nor speak lies about him. 29Do not repay his evil deed with evil, according to his work.

30I walked by the field of the lazy man and the vineyard of the man without understanding. 31It was all grown over with weeds and its stone wall was broken down. 32As I pondered this, I received this insight. 33A little sleep and slumber, a little folding of the hands to lie down. 34And their poverty and want, comes unrepentantly as a thief.

Proverbs: chapter 25

1The proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied, 1st Kings 4:32.

2The glory of God is to conceal a matter, but the king's honor is to search out a matter. 3As high as the heavens are, the king's heart is also unsearchable.

4Remove the impurities from the silver and the silversmith can craft a worthy vessel. 5Likewise remove the wicked from before the king and his throne shall be founded in righteousness.

6Do not rush in before the presence of the king, or stand before the great. 7It is far better to be asked, so that you are not lowered in the presence of a noble. (NOTE: Corresponds to Jesus's teaching of the 'places of honor', Luke 14:7-14).

8Do not quickly take up an argument, lest you be put to shame when you discover all the facts. 9Plead your case with your neighbor, without disclosing secrets of others, 10Lest he who hears it puts you to shame and your evil report stays with you always.

11A word rightly spoken at the right time, is as fine jewel. 12Also, so can be a reprimand wisely spoken at the proper time to a hearing ear.

13A faithful person is as a refreshing drink, for his word is reliable.

14A man boasting of gifts that he has not, is as clouds and wind without rain.

15Through long forbearing and a calm voice being slow to anger, is a ruler is won over.

16Have you found sweet pleasures? Take only what is sufficient for you, lest you over indulge and vomit it up.

17Do not over stay your welcome, least your neighbor becomes weary of you and starts to hate you.

18A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is as dangerous as a brute beast.

19Trusting in an unfaithful man in time of trouble, is truly misplaced trust.

20He who has no sympathy cannot sing songs and cheer up a heavy heart.

21If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat and drink. 22For by doing so you shall heap coals of fire upon his head and the LORD shall reward you, Romans 12:20.

23The north wind brings forth stormy weather, likewise, does an angry face and a backbiting tongue.

24It is better to dwell alone in the corner of the housetop, than to share a house with a quarreling woman.

25Like cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

26A righteous man who compromises before the wicked, is as a troubled fountain and a rotten spring, (NOTE: fountains and springs sustain life).

27It is not good to indulge in pleasures, such men pridefully seek out their own glory and this glory does not become a true glory to them.

28The man who cannot control his own spirit, is as a broken down city without walls and boundaries.

Proverbs: chapter 26

1As unfitting as snow is in summer and as rain is during the harvest time, so is honor for a fool.

2Just as random babblings, the curse without a cause shall not come.

3As a whip is used for the horse and a bit for the donkey's mouth, so also is a rod for the fool's back.

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Pro 26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

4Do not answer a fool according to his own foolishness, lest you also become like him. 5But answer him regarding his foolishness, so that he may not be wise in his own eyes.

6He who sends a message by the hand of a fool, puts the delivery at risk and creates his own damages. 7It is not fitting for a fool to speak a parable, if he does it shall be lame at best. 8The man who gives honor to a fool, is a useless man himself. 9To have a fool speak a parable, is as having a drunkard guide the wise.

10Great is the God of all, He rewards both fools and transgressors.

11As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.

12There is greater hope for a man wise in his own eyes, than for a fool.

13The sluggard says, There is a lion in the way, a lion is in the streets, (NOTE: making excuses and justifying his laziness).

14As the door naturally turns on its hinges, so the lazy man also turns on his bed.

15The lazy man places his hand in his lap, it grieves him even to raise it to his mouth.

16The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven wise men, (NOTE: seven is the number of competition).

17He who take on concerns and cares that are not his own is looking for trouble, as one who takes a dog by the ears.

18As a madman who carelessly throws caution to the wind and speaks of death. 19So is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, It is only a joke.

20Where there is no fuel, the fire goes out, likewise, where there is no gossip, the striving ceases. 21But just as coals burn hot, so does a quarrelsome man kindle strife. 22For the words of a gossip are as wounds, striking the innermost parts of the heart.

23Passionate speech coming from a wicked heart is like a broken piece of pottery, the pieces still look beautiful, but the vase is useless.

24Your enemy who hates you speaks kind platitudes, while he builds up and stores up deceit within him. 25When he speaks gracious words do not believe him, for his heart is completely set on hate. 26He whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness will eventually be made known in public.

27He who sets a trap for another man, shall fall into his own trap and he who is out to oppress his brother, he himself shall be oppressed.

28They who speak lies hate their own victims and they whose speech is flattering in the end come to ruin.

Proverbs: chapter 27

1Do not boast of where you will be tomorrow, for you do not know how a day may unfold, James 4:13-14.

2Let others praise you, rather than giving yourself praise.

3Stones are heavy, but a fool's wrath is even heavier. 4Wrath is cruel and anger is overwhelming, but who is able to stand before envy?

5A spoken reprimand is better than silent approval spoken in love. 6Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

7To the satisfied soul even delicates are not enticing, but to the hungry soul, that cannot discern, every bitter thing is sweet.

8As a bird wanders from her nest, so is a man who wanders from his place, left vulnerable and all is unprotected.

9Just as ointments and perfumes delight the heart, so does the sweetness of one's friendship. 10Do not forsake your friends or your father's friends, but neither go to your brother's house in the day of your trouble, better is a neighbor that is near than a brother who is far off.

11My son, be wise and make my heart glad, then shall nothing shame me.

12A sensible man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple man blindly walks into it and is punished.

13Hold on securely to the collateral when making a loan to a stranger.

14He who rises early in the morning and blesses his friend in a loud voice, it shall be accounted to him as a curse.

15A never-ending dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome woman are alike. 16concealing her is useless for she refuses instruction.

17Iron sharpens iron and so do friends sharpen friends.

18Whoever tends to the fig tree shall eat of its fruit and he who waits on his master shall be honored.

19As water reflects your face, so your face reflects your heart.

20The eyes of man are never satisfied. Therefore, destruction never ceases and hell never becomes full.

21As precious metals refined in the furnace, so is a man to his praise.

22Even though you try to bet the foolishness out of the fool, his foolishness will not depart from him.

23Be aware of your own dealings and keep your focus on your own things. 24For riches are not forever, neither is a crown guaranteed for all your generations. 25But when reaping time has come. 26You divided up and budget your profits. 27It shall be enough for the food of your household, providing for your young women.

Proverbs: chapter 28

1The wicked flee when no man pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

2Because of the transgression of a land, it has had many rulers, but by an intelligent leader a man of discernment, who knows right from wrong, the land is prolonged.

3A poor man who oppresses his fellow poor, is without mercy, for he will take their last morsel of food.

4Those who forsake the law, praise the wicked and those who keep the law plead against the wicked.

5Evil men do not understand judgment, but those who seek the LORD understand all things.

6Better is the poor who walks in his uprightness than he who is perverse, (morally corrupt) in his ways, even though he be rich.

7Whoever keeps the law is a wise son, but he who is a companion of gluttons and an evil crowd shames his father.

8The man that increases his wealth through extortion, he shall eventually gather it for him who will pity the poor.

9He who turns away from hearing the law, even his prayer is a hateful thing to the LORD.

10Whoever causes a righteous man to go astray, he himself shall fall into his own pit, but the upright shall inherit good.

11The rich man is wise in his own eyes, but the poor who has understanding studies him and finds him out.

12When the righteous rise to power, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise up, men hide themselves.

13He who covers his sins shall not be blessed, but he who confesses and leaves them shall have mercy, 1st John 1:8-10.

14Blessed is the man that continually fears God, but he who hardens his heart shall fall into evil.

15Just as a roaring lion and a ranging bear, so is a wicked ruler over the poor and helpless people.

16A ruler who is lacking understanding is as a wicked one and a great oppressor, but he who hates unjust gain shall prolong his days.

17A man guilt-ridden with the shedding of the blood of another man, flees to the grave and his destruction, let no man stop him!

18Those that walk uprightly shall be saved, but he who is perverse, (morally corrupt) in his ways shall quickly fall.

19He who works his land shall have plenty of bread, but he that follows the idle and pursues worthless vanities shall have more than enough poverty.

20A faithful man shall overflow with blessings, but he who runs after ill-gotten gain to get rich shall not be acquitted.

21Favoritism towards certain people is not good. Yes, even for a piece of bread a man will transgress.

22He who desires to quickly become rich has an evil eye and does not know that poverty will come upon him.

23He who reproves a man shall afterwards have a greater favor with that man, than he who uses flattering speech.

24Whoever robs his father or mother only to say, it is no sin, I have not done wrong. He shall be just as a lawless robber.

25The proud man will stir up strife, but he who puts his trust in the LORD shall prosper.

26He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but the man who walks wisely shall be delivered.

27The man that gives to the poor shall not lack, but he who refuses to see the needs of the poor shall have many curses befall him.

28When the wicked rise to power, men hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous are increase in number.

Proverbs: chapter 29

1A man who becomes stubborn after being corrected often, shall suddenly be ruined and there shall be no healing.

2When the righteous become in authority the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people mourn.

3The son that loves wisdom causes his father to rejoice, but he who runs with harlots wastes his substances.

4Through justice the king establishes the land, but by taking bribes, he tears it down.

5A man who flatters his neighbor, sets a trap for his neighbor and by doing so also sets a trap for his feet.

6Evil men are snared by their own traps and the righteous sing and rejoice.

7The righteous man knows of the want of the poor, the wicked man would rather not know it.

8Prideful cynics can turn a city upside down having bitter disputes, but wise men calm all situations.

9If a wise man contends with a foolish man, the foolish man will either dispute or laugh and no resolve will ever be reached.

10Men of blood hate the upright, for the just seek his life.

11A fool speaks exactly what is on his mind, but a wise man thinks it over and refrains his speech.

12If a ruler listens to falsehoods, all his servants will become wicked.

13The poor and the deceitful man come together, for the LORD has given light to the eyes of both of them.

14A king who truthfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established forever.

15The rod and correction give wisdom, but a child left undisciplined brings shame to his mother.

16When the wicked are in authority, transgressions increases, but the righteous shall see their fall.

17Discipline your son and he shall delight your soul and you shall find rest.

18Where there is no vision, the people perish, but he who keeps the law is blessed.

19You cannot correct a servant by words alone, for though he understands, he will not answer to his master.

20There is more hope for a fool, than for a man hasty with his words.

21He who pampers his servant from his youth, the servant in his latter days will expect the rights of a successor.

22An angry man stirs up strife and a furious man abounds in transgressions.

23A man's pride shall bring him low, but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

24Whoever is a partner with a thief despises his own life, for he falls under the same curse as the thief and does not reveal it.

25The fear of man brings much contention and confusion, but whoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

26Many men seek the ruler's favor, but each man's judgment comes from the LORD.

27An unjust man is seen as a hateful thing to the just man and the upright man is seen as a hateful thing to the wicked.

Proverbs: chapter 30

1The words, the prophecy of Agur, whose words were reported to Ithiel and Ucal, saying; 2Surely I am more like an animal than a man, for I do not have the understanding of a man. 3I have not learned Godly wisdom, nor do I have the knowledge of the Holy One. 4Who has gone up to heaven and has come down. Who dictates to the winds and the waters, for He has established the whole earth. What is His name and what is His Son's name? Surely, you know. 5Surely every Word of God is pure, He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. 6Do not add to His words, lest He reprove you and you be found a liar.

7I have asked two things of You, do not deny me of them before I die. 8That You would remove me far from vanities and lying words and that You would give me neither poverty nor riches, but provide for me my substance. 9Lest I become satisfied and deceived, saying; Who is this LORD? Or, lest I be poor and turn to crime, violating the name of my God.

10Do not accuse a servant to his master, lest the servant comes against you and you be found guilty. 11For there is a generation that curses their father, nor do they bless their mother. 12There is a generation that counts themselves pure in their own eyes, but are not washed from their own filth. 13There is a generation, that is arrogant beyond measure. 14There is a generation that is merciless and consumes the poor and the needy from off the earth.

15Life's drain has two principles, (cruelty and covetousness), ever pleading for more, for they are never satisfied. These four things never say, Enough! 16The grave, the barren womb, the earth not filled with water and fire.

17The eye of the disobedient that mocks his father and refuses to obey his mother, shall be plucked out and eaten by the birds of the air.

18Three things are too wonderful for me, these four things I do not understand: 19The flight of an eagle in the air, the way of a snake on a rock, a ship in the midst of the sea and the behavior of a man with a maiden. 20Such is the way of an adulterous woman, she eats and wipes her mouth, saying; I have done no evil.

21The earth quakes under three things, under these four things it is not able to bear itself up: 22A servant when he reigns, a fool when he is satisfied with food, 23a hateful woman when she is married and a servant girl that is heir to her mistress.

24These four things are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise: 25The ant, frail as they may be, yet they prepare their food in the summer. 26The rock-badgers are not strong, yet they make their houses in the rock. 27The locusts have no leader, yet they all go forth by regiments. 28You can rid the spider by use of your hands, yet it can also be found in king's palaces.

29There are three things, which are well ordered, yea, even these four. 30A lion who is mighty among beasts, does not retreat from any. 31A king all decorated in his dress, when his army is with him. 32One who has done foolishly, laying his hand over his mouth. 33Just as, the labor of churning of milk brings forth butter and the anguish of the wringing of the nose brings forth blood, so the forcing of the argument brings forth strife.

Proverbs: chapter 31

1The words and prophecy of King Lemuel, (NOTE: The name Lemuel could be another name for king Solomon, that his mother called him by), teachings that his mother taught him. 2My son how can I advise you, the son of my womb and the son of my vows. 3Do not give yourself over to loose women, for that destroys kings. 4Lemuel, these things are not for nobles, for kings to drink wine or for princes to lust after strong drink. 5Lest they drink and forget the law, perverting justice of the afflicted. 6But give strong drink to him who is ready to perish and wine to them who have heavy hearts. 7Let them drink to forget their poverty and their misery. 8Speak for the dumb and be an advocate for the cause of the sons who are passing away. 9Judge righteously and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

10Who can find a woman of virtue? For her value is far above rubies. 11The heart of her husband can trust safely in her and has no lack. 12And she does good for him, rather than evil all the days of her life. 13She finds linens and materials, working willingly with her hands. 14She is as one of the merchant ships, bringing treasures from afar. 15Rising up before dawn, preparing food for her household and assigning her maid-servants their tasks. 16She considers a field and purchases it and with the gains of her labors, she plants a vineyard. 17She prepares for her day, making her way productive and her arms strong. 18She knows that her merchandise is good, for she does not cease her work at night. 19For her work is the delight of her hands and her honor.

20She holds out her hand to the poor and needy. 21Knowing that her family is already provided for with warm clothing. 22She herself wears fine rich garments. 23Her husband is well known and sits among the elders of the land. 24She trades her fine linens with the other merchants.

25She is clothed in strength and honor and rejoices in the times to come. 26Speaking words of wisdom, showing kindness to others. 27Overseeing her entire household, keeping all her ways productive. 28Her sons and her husband both call her blessed and the husband praises her. 29Many daughters do well, but she has risen above them all.

30Charm can be deceptive and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, shall be praised. 31May her own labors of her hands praise her in the gates.