Proverbs 9-11 - Wisdom's Invitation; Contrast of the Righteous and the Wicked

Proverbs 9

Wisdom's Invitation

1 Wisdom has built her house,

She has hewn out her seven pillars;

2 She has prepared her food, she has

mixed her wine;

She has also set her table;

3 She has sent out her maidens, she calls

From the tops of the heights of the city:

4 "Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!"

To him who lacks understanding she says,

5 "Come, eat of my food

And drink of the wine I have mixed.

6 "Forsake your folly and live,

And proceed in the way of understanding."

7 He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor

for himself,

And he who reproves a wicked man gets

insults for himself.

8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,

Reprove a wise man and he will love you.

9 Give instruction to a wise man and he will

be still wiser,

Teach a righteous man and he will increase

his learning.

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning

of wisdom,

And the knowledge of the Holy One is


11 For by me your days will be multiplied,

And years of life will be added to you.

12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,

And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

13 The woman of folly is boisterous,

She is naive and knows nothing.

14 She sits at the doorway of her house,

On a seat by the high places of the city,

15 Calling to those who pass by,

Who are making their paths straight:

16 "Whoever is naive, let him turn in here,"

And to him who lacks understanding

she says,

17 "Stolen water is sweet;

And bread eaten in secret is pleasant."

18 But he does not know that the dead

are there,

That her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Proverbs 10

Contrast of the Righteous and the Wicked

1 The proverbs of Solomon.

A wise son makes a father glad,

But a foolish son is a grief to his mother.

2 Ill-gotten gains do not profit,

But righteousness delivers from death.

3 The LORD will not allow the righteous

to hunger,

But He will reject the craving of the wicked.

4 Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,

But the hand of the diligent makes rich.

5 He who gathers in summer is a son who

acts wisely,

But he who sleeps in harvest is a son who

acts shamefully.

6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous,

But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

7 The memory of the righteous is blessed,

But the name of the wicked will rot.

8 The wise of heart will receive commands,

But a babbling fool will be ruined.

9 He who walks in integrity walks securely,

But he who perverts his ways will be found out.

10 He who winks the eye causes trouble,

And a babbling fool will be ruined.

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain

of life,

But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

12 Hatred stirs up strife,

But love covers all transgressions.

13 On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is


But a rod is for the back of him who lacks


14 Wise men store up knowledge,

But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is

at hand.

15 The rich man's wealth is his fortress,

The ruin of the poor is their poverty.

16 The wages of the righteous is life,

The income of the wicked, punishment.

17 He is on the path of life who heeds


But he who ignores reproof goes astray.

18 He who conceals hatred has lying lips,

And he who spreads slander is a fool.

19 When there are many words, transgression

is unavoidable,

But he who restrains his lips is wise.

20 The tongue of the righteous is as choice


The heart of the wicked is worth little.

21 The lips of the righteous feed many,

But fools die for lack of understanding.

22 It is the blessing of the LORD that makes


And He adds no sorrow to it.

23 Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool,

And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.

24 What the wicked fears will come upon him,

But the desire of the righteous will be granted.

25 When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is

no more,

But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.

26 Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to

the eyes,

So is the lazy one to those who send him.

27 The fear of the LORD prolongs life,

But the years of the wicked will be shortened.

28 The hope of the righteous is gladness,

But the expectation of the wicked perishes.

29 The way of the LORD is a stronghold to

the upright,

But ruin to the workers of iniquity.

30 The righteous will never be shaken,

But the wicked will not dwell in the land.

31 The mouth of the righteous flows with


But the perverted tongue will be cut out.

32 The lips of the righteous bring forth

what is acceptable,

But the mouth of the wicked what is perverted.

Proverbs 11

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 A false balance is an abomination to the LORD,

But a just weight is His delight.

2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor,

But with the humble is wisdom.

3 The integrity of the upright will guide them,

But the crookedness of the treacherous will

destroy them.

4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,

But righteousness delivers from death.

5 The righteousness of the blameless will

smooth his way,

But the wicked will fall by his own


6 The righteousness of the upright will

deliver them,

But the treacherous will be caught by

their own greed.

7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation

will perish,

And the hope of strong men perishes.

8 The righteous is delivered from trouble,

But the wicked takes his place.

9 With his mouth the godless man destroys

his neighbor,

But through knowledge the righteous will

be delivered.

10 When it goes well with the righteous,

the city rejoices,

And when the wicked perish, there is joyful


11 By the blessing of the upright a city

is exalted,

But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.

12 He who despises his neighbor lacks sense,

But a man of understanding keeps silent.

13 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals


But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.

14 Where there is no guidance the people fall,

But in abundance of counselors there is victory.

15 He who is guarantor for a stranger will surely

suffer for it,

But he who hates being a guarantor is secure.

16 A gracious woman attains honor,

And ruthless men attain riches.

17 The merciful man does himself good,

But the cruel man does himself harm.

18 The wicked earns deceptive wages,

But he who sows righteousness gets a

true reward.

19 He who is steadfast in righteousness

will attain to life,

And he who pursues evil will bring about

his own death.

20 The perverse in heart are an abomination

to the LORD,

But the blameless in their walk are His


21 Assuredly, the evil man will not go


But the descendants of the righteous will

be delivered.

22 As a ring of gold in a swine's snout

So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.

23 The desire of the righteous is only good,

But the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

24 There is one who scatters, and yet

increases all the more,

And there is one who withholds what is

justly due, and yet it results only in want.

25 The generous man will be prosperous,

And he who waters will himself be watered.

26 He who withholds grain, the people will

curse him,

But blessing will be on the head of him who

sells it.

27 He who diligently seeks good seeks favor,

But he who seeks evil, evil will come to him.

28 He who trusts in his riches will fall,

But the righteous will flourish like the green


29 He who troubles his own house will

inherit wind,

And the foolish will be servant to the wise-


30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,

And he who is wise wins souls.

31 If the righteous will be rewarded in

the earth,

How much more the wicked and the sinner!

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