Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
1 He who separates himself seeks his
He quarrels against all sound wisdom.
2 A fool does not delight in understanding,
But only in revealing his own mind.
3 When a wicked man comes, contempt
And with dishonor comes scorn.
4 The words of a man's mouth are deep
The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 To show partiality to the wicked is not
Nor to thrust aside the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool's lips bring strife,
And his mouth calls for blows.
7 A fool's mouth is his ruin,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a whisperer are like dainty
And they go down into the innermost parts
of the body.
9 He also who is slack in his work
Is brother to him who destroys.
10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is safe.
11 A rich man's wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own imagination.
12 Before destruction the heart of man
But humility goes before honor.
13 He who gives an answer before he hears,
It is folly and shame to him.
14 The spirit of a man can endure his
But as for a broken spirit who can bear it?
15 The mind of the prudent acquires
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man's gift makes room for him
And brings him before great men.
17 The first to plead his case seems right,
Until another comes and examines him.
18 The cast lot puts an end to strife
And decides between the mighty ones.
19 A brother offended is harder to be
won than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of
20 With the fruit of a man's mouth his
stomach will be satisfied;
He will be satisfied with the product of
21 Death and life are in the power of
And those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing
And obtains favor from the LORD.
23 The poor man utters supplications,
But the rich man answers roughly.
24 A man of too many friends comes to ruin,
But there is a friend who sticks closer than
On Life and Conduct
1 Better is a poor man who walks in his
Than he who is perverse in speech and
is a fool.
2 Also it is not good for a person to be
And he who hurries his footsteps errs.
3 The foolishness of man ruins his way,
And his heart rages against the LORD.
4 Wealth adds many friends,
But a poor man is separated from his
5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who tells lies will not escape.
6 Many will seek the favor of a generous
And every man is a friend to him who
7 All the brothers of a poor man hate him;
How much more do his friends abandon
He pursues them with words, but they
8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
He who keeps understanding will find good.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who tells lies will perish.
10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool;
Much less for a slave to rule over princes.
11 A man's discretion makes him slow to
And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.
12 The king's wrath is like the roaring of
But his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish son is destruction to his father,
And the contentions of a wife are a constant
14 House and wealth are an inheritance from
But a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Laziness casts into a deep sleep,
And an idle man will suffer hunger.
16 He who keeps the commandment keeps
But he who is careless of conduct will die.
17 One who is gracious to a poor man lends
to the LORD,
And He will repay him for his good deed.
18 Discipline your son while there is hope,
And do not desire his death.
19 A man of great anger will bear the penalty,
For if you rescue him, you will only have to do
20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline,
That you may be wise the rest of your days.
21 Many plans are in a man's heart,
But the counsel of the LORD will stand.
22 What is desirable in a man is his kindness,
And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
23 The fear of the LORD leads to life,
So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched
24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish,
But will not even bring it back to his mouth.
25 Strike a scoffer and the naive may become
But reprove one who has understanding and
he will gain knowledge.
26 He who assaults his father and drives his
Is a shameful and disgraceful son.
27 Cease listening, my son, to discipline,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice,
And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
And blows for the back of fools.