Precepts and Warnings
1 Do not be envious of evil men,
Nor desire to be with them;
2 For their minds devise violence,
And their lips talk of trouble.
3 By wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
4 And by knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong,
And a man of knowledge increases power.
6 For by wise guidance you will wage war,
And in abundance of counselors there is
7 Wisdom is too exalted for a fool,
He does not open his mouth in the gate.
8 One who plans to do evil,
Men will call a schemer.
9 The devising of folly is sin,
And the scoffer is an abomination to men.
10 If you are slack in the day of distress,
Your strength is limited.
11 Deliver those who are being taken away
And those who are staggering to slaughter,
Oh hold them back.
12 If you say, "See, we did not know this,"
Does He not consider it who weighs the
And does He not know it who keeps your
And will He not render to man according
to his work?
13 My son, eat honey, for it is good,
Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to
14 Know that wisdom is thus for your soul;
If you find it, then there will be a future,
And your hope will not be cut off.
15 Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against
the dwelling of the righteous;
Do not destroy his resting place;
16 For a righteous man falls seven times, and
But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
And do not let your heart be glad when he
18 Or the LORD will see it and be displeased,
And turn His anger away from him.
19 Do not fret because of evildoers
Or be envious of the wicked;
20 For there will be no future for the evil man;
The lamp of the wicked will be put out.
21 My son, fear the LORD and the king;
Do not associate with those who are given
22 For their calamity will rise suddenly,
And who knows the ruin that comes from
both of them?
23 These also are sayings of the wise.
To show partiality in judgment is not good.
24 He who says to the wicked, "You are
Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor
25 But to those who rebuke the wicked will
And a good blessing will come upon them.
26 He kisses the lips
Who gives a right answer.
27 Prepare your work outside
And make it ready for yourself in the field;
Afterwards, then, build your house.
28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor
And do not deceive with your lips.
29 Do not say, "Thus I shall do to him as he
has done to me;
I will render to the man according to his work."
30 I passed by the field of the sluggard
And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense,
31 And behold, it was completely overgrown
Its surface was covered with nettles,
And its stone wall was broken down.
32 When I saw, I reflected upon it;
I looked, and received instruction.
33 "A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest,"
34 Then your poverty will come as a robber
And your want like an armed man.
1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which
the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a
But the glory of kings is to search out
3 As the heavens for height and the earth
So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver,
And there comes out a vessel for the smith;
5 Take away the wicked before the king,
And his throne will be established in
6 Do not claim honor in the presence of
And do not stand in the place of great men;
7 For it is better that it be said to you,
"Come up here,"
Than for you to be placed lower in the
presence of the prince,
Whom your eyes have seen.
8 Do not go out hastily to argue your case;
Otherwise, what will you do in the end,
When your neighbor humiliates you?
9 Argue your case with your neighbor,
And do not reveal the secret of another,
10 Or he who hears it will reproach you,
And the evil report about you will not pass
11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament
of fine gold
Is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of
Is a faithful messenger to those who
For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14 Like clouds and wind without rain
Is a man who boasts of his gifts falsely.
15 By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded,
And a soft tongue breaks the bone.
16 Have you found honey? Eat only what
That you not have it in excess and vomit it.
17 Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor's
Or he will become weary of you and hate you.
18 Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow
Is a man who bears false witness against his
19 Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot
Is confidence in a faithless man in time of
20 Like one who takes off a garment on a
cold day, or like vinegar on soda,
Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
22 For you will heap burning coals on his
And the LORD will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain,
And a backbiting tongue, an angry counte-
24 It is better to live in a corner of the roof
Than in a house shared with a contentious
25 Like cold water to a weary soul,
So is good news from a distant land.
26 Like a trampled spring and a polluted
Is a righteous man who gives way before
27 It is not good to eat much honey,
Nor is it glory to search out one's own glory.
28 Like a city that is broken into and without
Is a man who has no control over his spirit.