Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart
My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
The Way of Wisdom
Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man,
and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man,
and he will increase in learning.
The wise of heart will receive commandments,
but a babbling fool will come to ruin.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice.
A wise son hears his father’s instruction,
but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,
but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.
The ear that listens to life-giving reproof
will dwell among the wise.
A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding
than a hundred blows into a fool.
Whoever keeps the commandment keeps his life;
he who despises his ways will die.
Listen to advice and accept instruction,
that you may gain wisdom in the future.
Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence;
reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.
Cease to hear instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
for he will despise the good sense of your words.
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold
is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.
He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
Victory is won with Advisors
Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Without counsel plans fail,
but with many advisers they succeed.
Plans are established by counsel;
by wise guidance wage war.
A wise man is full of strength,
and a man of knowledge enhances his might,
for by wise guidance you can wage your war,
and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.
Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life,
but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates reproof is stupid.
Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is honored.
Whoever spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
A fool despises his father’s instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way;
whoever hates reproof will die.
A scoffer does not like to be reproved;
he will not go to the wise.
Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,
but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
Discipline your son, for there is hope;
do not set your heart on putting him to death.
Blows that wound cleanse away evil;
strokes make clean the innermost parts.
Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
If you strike him with the rod,
you will save his soul from Sheol.
The rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart.
By mere words a servant is not disciplined,
for though he understands, he will not respond.
Whoever pampers his servant from childhood
will in the end find him his heir.
Keeping the Law
Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
but those who keep the law strive against them.
The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,
but a companion of gluttons shames his father.
If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,
even his prayer is an abomination.
Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,
but blessed is he who keeps the law.
Fools mock at the guilt offering,
but the upright enjoy acceptance.
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Blessings are on the head of the righteous,
but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
The memory of the righteous is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
The wage of the righteous leads to life,
the gain of the wicked to sin.
The hope of the righteous brings joy,
but the expectation of the wicked will perish.
The way of the Lord is a stronghold to the blameless,
but destruction to evildoers.
The righteous will never be removed,
but the wicked will not dwell in the land.
The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight,
but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.
The righteousness of the upright delivers them,
but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.
When the wicked dies, his hope will perish,
and the expectation of wealth perishes too.
The righteous is delivered from trouble,
and the wicked walks into it instead.
With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor,
but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices,
and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
The wicked earns deceptive wages,
but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live,
but he who pursues evil will die.
Those of crooked heart are an abomination to the Lord,
but those of blameless ways are his delight.
The desire of the righteous ends only in good;
the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
A good man obtains favor from the Lord,
but a man of evil devices he condemns.
No one is established by wickedness,
but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
The thoughts of the righteous are just;
the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
but the mouth of the upright delivers them.
The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
but the house of the righteous will stand.
A man is commended according to his good sense,
but one of twisted mind is despised.
Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,
but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
No ill befalls the righteous,
but the wicked are filled with trouble.
In the path of righteousness is life,
and in its pathway there is no death.
The light of the righteous rejoices,
but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
Disaster pursues sinners,
but the righteous are rewarded with good.
The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.
The evil bow down before the good,
the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people.
In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
but he loves him who pursues righteousness.
The righteous who walks in his integrity—
blessed are his children after him!
The wicked is a ransom for the righteous,
and the traitor for the upright.
Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the righteous;
do no violence to his home;
for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,
but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
When the wicked rise, people hide themselves,
but when they perish, the righteous increase.
When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
When the wicked increase, transgression increases,
but the righteous will look upon their downfall.
An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless,
but sin overthrows the wicked.
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord,
but gracious words are pure.
The way of the guilty is crooked,
but the conduct of the pure is upright.
Whoever plans to do evil
will be called a schemer.
The devising of folly is sin,
and the scoffer is an abomination to mankind.
Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered,
but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless
and seek the life of the upright.
Repercussions for the Wicked
The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
Toward the scorners he is scornful,
but to the humble he gives favor.
The wise will inherit honor,
but fools get disgrace.
The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,
but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
The blessing of the Lord makes rich,
and he adds no sorrow with it.
What the wicked dreads will come upon him,
but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more,
but the righteous is established forever.
Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished,
but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor,
but evil comes to him who searches for it.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and whoever captures souls is wise.
If the righteous is repaid on earth,
how much more the wicked and the sinner!
The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways,
and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.
Do they not go astray who devise evil?
Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.
When a man’s ways please the Lord,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
If anyone returns evil for good,
evil will not depart from his house.
When wickedness comes, contempt comes also,
and with dishonor comes disgrace.
Condemnation is ready for scoffers,
and beating for the backs of fools.
The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked;
he throws the wicked down to ruin.
One who wanders from the way of good sense
will rest in the assembly of the dead.
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness
will find life, righteousness, and honor.
Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
and the rod of his fury will fail.
Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
so honor is not fitting for a fool.
A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
and a rod for the back of fools.
Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.
Holy Bible, English Standard Version,
as arranged in chronological order by F. Legard Smith