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The Proverbs of Solomon
The 1st Chapter
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David King of Israel: To learn wisdom, instruction, understanding, prudence, righteousness, judgment and equity. That the very babes might have wit, and that young men might have knowledge and understanding. By hearing, the wise man shall come by more wisdom: and by experience he shall be more apt to understand a parable, and the interpretation thereof, the words of the wise, and the dark speeches of the same. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
My son, hear your fathers doctrine, and forsake not the law of your mother: for that shall bring grace unto your head, and shall be a chain about your neck. My son, consent not unto sinners, if they entice you, and say: Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, and lurk privily for the innocent without a cause: Let us swallow them up like the hell, let us swallow them quick and whole, as those that go down into the pit. So we shall find all manner of costly riches, and fill our houses with spoils. Cast in your lot among us, we shall have all one purse.
My son, walk not you with them, refrain your foot from their ways. For their feet run to evil, and are hasty to shed blood. But in vain is the net laid forth before the birds eyes. Yes they themselves lay wait one for anothers blood and one of them would slay another. These are the ways as all such as be covetous, that one would ravish anothers life.
Wisdom crys without and puts forth her voice in the streets. She calls before the congregation in the open gates, and shows her words throw the city saying: O' you children how long will you live childishly? how long will the scorners delight in scorning, and the unwise be enemies unto knowledge? O' turn you unto my correction: lo, I will express my mind unto you, and make you understand my words. Seeing then that I have called, and you refused it, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded it, but all my counsels you have despised and set my corrections to naught. Therefore shall I also laugh in your destruction, and mock you, when the thing that you fear comes upon you: even when the thing that you be afraid of, falls in suddenly like a storm, and your misery like a tempest: yes when trouble and heaviness come upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not hear: they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: And that because they hated knowledge, and received not fear of the Lord, but abhorred my counsel, and despised my correction. Therefore shall they eat the fruits of their own way, and be filled with their own counsels: for the turning away of the unwise shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall be their own destruction. But who so hearkens unto me shall dwell safely, and have enough without any fear of evil.
The 2nd Chapter
My son, if you will receive my words, and keep (KJV =hide) my commandments by you, that your ear may hearken unto wisdom, apply your heart then to understanding. For if you cry after wisdom, and call after knowledge: If you seek her as after money, and dig for her as for treasures: then shall you understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For it is the Lord that gives wisdom, out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He preserves the welfare of the righteous, and defends them that walk innocently: He keeps them in the right path, and preserves the way of his saints. Then shall you understand righteousness, judgment and equity, yes and every good path. If wisdom enter into your heart, and your soul delight in knowledge: then shall counsel preserve you, and understanding shall keep you. That you may be delivered from the evil way, and from the man that speaks *froward things. (froward means: stubbornly contrary) From such as leave the high street, and walk in the ways of darkness: Which rejoice in doing evil, and delight in wicked things: Whose ways are crooked, and their paths *sclanderous .(appears that middle English had one word for scandal and slanderous.) That you may be delivered from the strange woman, and from her that is not your own: which gives sweet words, forsakes the husband of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God. For her house is inclined unto death, and her paths into hell. All they that go unto her, come not again, neither take they hold of the way of life. That you may walk in the good way, (KJV = of good men) and keep the paths of the righteous. For the just shall dwell in the land, and the *innocent (KJV =perfect) shall remain in it. but the ungodly shall be rooted out of the land, and the wicked doers shall be taken out of it.
The 3rd Chapter
O' my son, forget not my law, but see that your heart keep my commandments. For they shall prolong the days and years of your life, and bring you peace. Let mercy and faithfulness never go from you: bind them about your neck, and write them upon the tables of your heart. So shall you find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and men. Put your trust in the Lord with all your heart, and he shall order your goings. Be not wise in your own conceit, but fear the Lord, and depart from evil: so shall your navel be whole, and your bones strong.
Honor the Lord with your substance, and with the firstlings of all your increase: So shall your barns be filled with plenteousness, and your presses shall flow over with new wine. My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, neither faint when you are rebuked of him. For whom the Lord loves he chastens: and yet delights in him even as a father in his own son. Well is him that finds wisdom, and obtains understanding, for the getting of it is better than any merchandise of silver, and the profit is better than gold. Wisdom is more worth than precious stones, and all the things that you can desire, are not to be compared unto her. Upon her right hand is long life, and upon her left hand is riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and her paths are peaceable. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her, and blessed are they that keep her fast.
With wisdom has the Lord layed the foundation of the earth, and through understanding has he stablished the heavens. Through his wisdom the deeps break up, and the clouds drop down of the dew. My son, let not these things depart from your eyes, but keep my law and my counsel: So it be life unto your soul, and grace unto your mouth. Then shall you walk safely in your way, and your foot shall not stumble. If you sleep you shall not be afraid, but shall take your rest and sleep sweetly. You need not be afraid of any sudden fear, neither for the violent rushing of the ungodly, when it comes. For the Lord shall besiege you and keep your foot that you be not taken. Refuse not to do good unto him that should have it, so long as your hand is able to do it. Say not unto your neighbor: Go your way and come again, tomorrow I will give you: where as you have now to give him. Intend no hurt unto your neighbor, seeing he hopes to dwell in rest by you. Strive not lightly with any man, where as he has done you no harm. Follow not a wicked man, and choose none of his ways: for the Lord abhors the froward, but his secret is among the righteous. The curse of the Lord is in the house of the ungodly, but he blesses the dwellings of the righteous. As for the scornful, he shall laugh them to scorn, but he shall give grace unto the lowly. The wise shall have honor in possession, but shame is the promotion that fools shall have.
The 4th Chapter
Hear, O' you children, the fatherly exhortation, and take good heed, that you may learn wisdom. Yes I shall give you a good *reward, (KJV =doctrine) if you will not forsake my law. For when I my self was my fathers dear son, and tenderly beloved of my mother, he taught me also, saying: Let your heart receive my words, keep my commandments, and you shall live. Get you wisdom, get you understanding, forget not the words of my mouth, and shrink not from them. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve you: love her, and she shall keep you. The chief point of wisdom is, that you be willing to obtain wisdom, and before all your goods to get understanding. Make much of her and she shall promote you: Yes if you embrace her, she shall bring you unto honor.
She shall make you a gracious head, and garnish you with a crown of glory. Hear, my son, and receive my words, that the years of your life may be many. I will show you, the way of wisdom, and lead you in the right paths. So if you go therin, the way of wisdom, there shall no *straiteness hinder you: and when you run, you shall not fall. Take fast hold of doctrine, let her not go: keep her for she is your life. Come not in the path of the ungodly, and walk not in the way of the wicked. Eschue it, and go not therin: depart aside, and pass over by it. For they cannot sleep, except they have first done some mischief: neither take they any rest, except they have first done some harm. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of *robbery. (KJV =violence) The path of the righteous shines as the light, and is ever brighter and brighter unto the perfect day. But the way of the ungodly is as the darkness, wherein men fall, or they be a war. *straiteness: to be brought into "straits" is to be lorded over by the ungodly. Straight before the Lord is to not turn to the left or right, but to keep our eyes straight ahead to the promises of God, plain hearted to his love and his truth.
My son, *mark my words, and incline your ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes, keep them even in the midst of your heart. For they are life unto all those that find them, and health unto all their bodies. Keep your heart with all diligence, for there upon hangs life. KJV =out of it [are] the issues of life. Put away from you a *froward mouth, and let the lips of *sclander be far from you. (*See in Ch 2) Let your eyes behold the thing that is right, and let your eyelids look straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet, so shall all your ways be sure. Turn not aside, neither to the right hand nor to the left, but withhold your foot from evil. *mark my words. here is the "mark" as those marked in the heart are seen of God to love his truth. 2 Thess 2 RN
The 5th Chapter
My son, give heed unto my wisdom, and bow your ear to my *prudence: that you may regard good counsel, and that your lips may keep nurture. For the lips of a harlot are a dropping honeycomb, and her throat is softer than oil. But at the last she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two edged sword. Her feet go down unto death, and her steps pierce through unto hell. She regards not the path of life, so unsteadfast are her ways, that you can not know them. Hear me therefore, (O' my son) and depart not from the words of my mouth. Keep your way far from her, and come not near the doors of her house. That you give not your honor unto another, and your years to the cruel. That other men be not filled with your goods, and your labors come not in a strange house. Yes that you mourn not at the last, (when you have spent your body and goods) and then say: Alas, why hated I nurture? why did my heart despise correction? Wherefore was not I obedient unto the voice of my teachers, and hearken not unto them that informed me? I a come almost into all my misfortune, in the midst of the multitude and congregation. Drink of the water of your own well, and of the rivers that run out of your own springs. Let the wells flow out abroad, that there may be rivers of water in the streets: but let them be only your own, and not strangers with you. *prudence = caution and the ability to see out comes of actions.
Let your well be blessed, and be glad with the wife of your youth. Loving is the *hind and friendly is the Roo: let her breasts always satisfy you, and hold you ever content with her love. My son, will you have pleasure in an harlot, and embrace the bosom of another woman? For every mans ways are open in the sight of the Lord, and he ponders all their goings. The wickedness of the ungodly shall catch himself, and with the snares of his own sins shall he be trapped. Because he would not be reformed, he shall die: and for his great foolishness he shall be destroyed. *hind is from the Hebrew sacrificial ram
The 6th Chapter
My son, if you be surety for your neighbor, you have fastened your hand with another man: yes you are bound with your own words, and taken with your own speech. Therefore my son, do this: discharge yourself, for you are come into your neighbors danger. Go your way then soon, and entreat your neighbor: let not your eyes sleep nor your eyelids to slumber. Save yourself as a doe from the hand, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. Go to the *Emmet (ant) (you sluggard) consider her ways, and learn to be wise. She has no guide, no teacher, no leader: yet in the Summer she provides her increase, and gathers her food together in the harvest. How long will you sleep, you sluggish man? When will you arise out of your sleep? Yes sleep on still alittle, slumber alittle, fold your hands together yet alittle, that you may sleep: so shall poverty come unto you as one that travails by the way, and necessity like a weaponed man. A dissembling person, a wicked man goes with a froward mouth, he winks with his eyes, he tokens with his feet, he points with his fingers, he is ever imagining mischief and frowardness in his heart, and causes discord. Therefore shall his destruction come hastily upon him, suddenly shall he be all broken, and not healed.
There be six things which the Lord hates, and the seventh he utterly abhors: A proud look, a dissembling (KJV= lying) tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that goes about with wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to do mischief, a false witness that brings up lies, and such one as sows discord among brethren. My son, keep your fathers commandments, and forsake not the law of your mother. Put them up together in your heart, and bind them about your neck. That they may lead you where you go, preserve the when you are a sleep, and when you awake, you may talk of them. For the commandment is a lantern, and the law a light: yes chastening and nurture is the way of life: that we may keep you from the evil woman, and flattering tongue of the harlot: that you lust not after her beauty in your heart, and least you be taken with her fair looks. An Harlot will make a man to beg for his bread, but a married woman will hunt for that precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burnt? Or can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be hurt? Even so, whosoever goes in to his neighbors wife, and touches her shall not be unguilty. Men do not utterly despise a thief, that steals to satisfy his soul, when he is hungry: But if he may be gotten, he restores seven times as much, or else he makes recompense with all the goods of his house. But whoso commits *advoutry with a woman, he is a fool, and brings his life to destruction. He gets himself also shame and dishonor, such as shall never be put out. For the jealousy and wrath of the man will not be entreated, no though you would offer him great gifts to make amends, he will not receive them.
*advouterer: *advouterer: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion; plain hearted to God. mark the first sin of Adam. also see James 2 for adultery. kjv replaces this word throughout the text nearly 70 times with "adultery".
The 7th Chapter
My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments by you. Keep my commandments and my law even as the apple of your eye, and you shall live. Bind them upon your fingers, write them in the table of your heart. Say unto wisdom: You are my sister, and call understanding your kinswoman: That she may keep you from the strange woman, and from the harlot which gives sweet words. From the window of my house I looked through the trellis, and beheld the simple people: and among other young folks I spied one young fool going over the streets, by the corner in the way toward the harlots house in the twilight of the evening, when it began now to be night and dark. And behold, there met him a woman in an harlots apparel (a deceitful, wanton and an unsteadfast woman: whos feet could not abide in the house, now is she without, now in the streets, and lurks in every corner.) She caught the young man, kissed him, and was not ashamed, saying: I had a vow to pay, and this day I perform it. Therefore I came forth to meet you, that I might seek your face, and so I have found you. I have decked my bed with coverings and clothes of Egypt. My bed have I made with to smell of Myrrh, Aloes, and Cinnamon. Come, let us lie together, and take our pleasure till it be day light. For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a far off. He has taken the bag of money with him: who can tell when he comes home? Thus with many sweet words she over came him, and with her flattering lips she *wanne him. *wanne from wane meaning to gradually reduce and subdue. This is to say in the spirit, as she leads to hell. RN
Immediately he followed her, as it were an ox to the slaughter (like as it were to the stocks, where fools are punished) so long till he had wounded his liver with her dart: like as if a bird hasted to the snare, not knowing that the peril of his life lies thereupon. Hear me now therefore, O' my son, and mark the words of my mouth. Let not your heart wander in her ways, and be not you deceived in her paths. For many a strong man has she slain. Her houses is the way to hell, where men go down into the chambers of death.
The 8th Chapter
Doth not wisdom cry? does not understanding put forth her voice? Stands she not in the high places of the streets, and ways? Does she not cry before the whole city, and in the gates where men go out and in? Is it you, O' you men,(says she) whom I call? Unto you (O' you children of men) lift up I my voice. Take heed unto knowledge O' you ignorant, be wise in heart O' you fools. Give ear, for I will speak of great matters, and open my lips to tell things that be right. For my mouth shall be talking of the truth, and my lips abhor ungodliness. All the words of my mouth are righteousness, there is no froward nor fallacies therin. They are all plain to such as will understand, and right to them that find knowledge. Receive my doctrine therefore, and not silver: and my knowledge, more than fine gold. For wisdom is more worth than precious stones, yes all the things that you can desire, are not to be compared unto it.
I wisdom have my dwelling with knowledge, and prudent counsel is my own. With me is the fear of the Lord, and the eschewing of evil. As for pride, disdain, and evil way, and a mouth that speaks wicked things, I utterly abhor them. I can give counsel, and be a guide: I have understanding, I have strength. Through me, Kings reign: through me, princes make just laws. Through me, Lords bear rule, and all judges of the earth execute judgement. I a loving unto those that love me, and they that seek me early, shall find me. Riches and honor are with me, yes excellent goods and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, and precious stone, and mine increase more worth than silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, and in the street of judgment.
That I may send prosperity to those that love me, and to increase their treasure. The Lord himself had me in possession in the beginning of his ways, or ever he began his works before time. I have been ordained from everlasting, and from the beginning, or ever the earth was made. When I was born, there were neither depths nor springs of water. Before the foundations of the mountains were layed, yes before all hills was I born. The earth and all that is upon the earth was not yet made, no not the ground itself. Fro when he made the heavens, I was present: when he set up the depths in order: when he hanged the clouds above: when he fastened the springs of the deep: When he shut the sea within certain bounds, that the waters should not go over their marks. When he layed the foundations of the earth I was with him, ordering all things, delighting daily, and rejoicing all the way before him.
As for the round compass of his world, I make it joyful: for my delight is to be among the children of men. Therefore harken unto me, O' you children, for blessed are they that keep my ways. O' give ear unto nurture, be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, and giving attendance at the posts of my doors. For whoso finds me, finds life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord. But whoso offends against me, hurts his own soul. All they that hate me, are lovers of death.
The 9th Chapter
Wisdom has builded herself an house, and hewn out seven pillars: She has killed her vitailes, *poured out her wine, and prepared her table. (KJV =beasts; she has mingled her wine) She has sent forth her maidens to cry upon the highest place of the city: Whoso is ignorant, let him come hither. And to the unwise she said: O' come on your way, eat my bread, and drink my wine, which I have poured out for you. forsake ignorance, and you shall live: and see that you go in the way of understanding. Who so reproves a scornful person, gets himself dishonor: and he that rebukes the ungodly, stains himself. Reprove not a scorner, least he owe you evil will: but rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Give a discrete man but occasion, and he will be the wiser, teach a righteous man, and he will increase. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of holy things is understanding. For through me your days shall be prolonged, and the years of your life shall be many. If you be wise your wisdom shall do yourself good: but if you think scorn thereof, it shall be your own harm.
A foolish restless woman, full of words, and such one as has no knowledge, sits in the doors of her house upon a stool above in the city, to call such as go by, and walk straight in their ways. Who so is ignorant (says she) let him come hither, and to the unwise she says: stolen waters are sweet, and the bread that is privately eaten, has good taste. But they consider not that death is there, and that her guests go down to hell.
The Parables of Solomon
The 10th Chapter
A wise son makes a glad father, but an indiscreet son is the heaviness of his mother.
Treasures that are wickedly gotten, profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.
The Lord will not let the soul of the righteous suffer hunger, but he puts the ungodly from his desire.
An idle hand makes poor, but a quick laboring hand makes rich.
Who so gathers in summer is wise: but he that is sluggish in harvest, brings himself to confusion.
Loving and favorable is the face of the righteous, but the forehead of the ungodly is past shame, and presumptuous.
The memorial of the just shall have a good report, but the name of the ungodly shall stink.
A wise man will receive warning, but fool will sooner be smitten in the face.
He that leads an innocent life, walks surely: but who so goes a wrong way, shall be known.
He that winks with his eye, will do some harm: but he that has a foolish mouth shall be beaten.
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth of the ungodly is past shame, and presumptuous.
Evil will stirs up strife, but love covers the multitude of sins.
In the lips of him that has understanding a man shall find wisdom, but the rod belongs to the back of the foolish.
Wise men lay up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
The rich mans goods are his stronghold, but poverty oppresses the poor.
The righteous labors to do good, but the ungodly uses his increase unto sin.
To take heed unto the chastening of nurture, is the way of life: but he that refuses to be reformed, goes wrong.
Disassembling lips keep hatred secretly, and he that speaks any slander is a fool.
Where much babbling is, there must needs be offense: he that refrains his lips is wisest of all.
An innocent tongue is a noble treasure, but the heart of the ungodly is worth nothing.
The lips of the righteous feed a whole multitude, but fools shall die in their own folly.
The blessing of the Lord, makes rich men, as for careful travail, it does nothing thereto.
A fool does wickedly make sport of it: nevertheless it is wisdom for a man to beware of such.
The thing that the ungodly are afraid of, shall come upon them, but the righteous shall have their desire.
The ungodly is like a tempest that passes over, and is no more seen, but the righteous remains sure forever.
As vinegar is to the teeth, and as smoke is to the eyes, even so is the sluggish person to them that send him forth..
The fear of the Lord makes a long life, but the years of the ungodly shall be shortened.
The patient abiding of the righteous shall be turned to gladness, but the hope of the ungodly shall perish.
The way of the Lord gives a courage to the godly, but it is a fear for the wicked doers.
The righteous shall never be overthrown, but the ungodly shall not remain in the land.
The mouth of the just will be talking of wisdom, but the tongue of the froward shall perish.
The lips of the righteous are occupied in acceptable things, but the mouth of the ungodly takes them to the worst.
The 11th Chapter
A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a true weight pleases him.
Where pride is, there is shame also and confusion: but where as is lowliness, there is wisdom.
The innocent dealings of the just shall lead them, but the unfaithfulness of the despisers shall be their own destruction.
Riches help not in the day of vengeance, but righteousness delivers from death.
The righteousness of the innocent orders his way, but the ungodly shall fall by his own wickedness.
The righteousness of the just shall deliver them, but the dispisers shall be taken in their own ungodliness.
When an ungodly man dies, his hope is gone, the confidence of riches shall perish.
The righteous shall be delivered out of trouble, and the ungodly shall come in his stead.
Through the mouth of the disassembler is his neighbor destroyed, but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
When it goes well with the righteous, the city is merry: and when the ungodly perish, there is gladness.
When the just are in wealth, the city prospereth: but when the ungodly have the rule, it decays.
A fool brings up a sclander of his neighbor, but a wise man will keep it secret.
A disassembling person will discover privy things, but he that is of a faithful heart, will keep counsel.
Where no good counsel is there the people decay: but where as many are that can give counsel, there is wealth.
He that is surety for a stranger, hurts himself: but he that meddles not with suretyship, is sure.
A gracious woman maintains honesty, as for the mighty, they maintain riches.
He that has a gentle liberal stomach is merciful: but who so hurts his neighbor, is a tyrant.
The labor of the ungodly prospers not, but he that shows righteousness, shall receive a sure reward.
Like as righteousness brings forth life: even so to cleave to evil brings death.
The Lord abhors a *fained heart, but he has pleasure in them that are undefiled. *fained here is an obliged
It shall not help the wicked though they lay all their hands together, but the seed of the righteous shall be preserved.
A fair woman without discreet manners, is like a ring of gold in a swines snout.
The just labor for peace and tranquility, but the ungodly for disquietness.
Some man gives out his goods, and is richer, but the *nigard (having enough) will depart from nothing, and is yet ever in poverty. *nigard= cheap, miserly, petty.
He that is liberal in giving, shall have plenty: and he that waters, shall be watered also himself.
Who so hordes up his corn, shall be cursed among the people: but blessing shall light upon the head of him that sells it. corn from the Hebrew is "increase" as of the spirit even equity in our dealings with one another. RN
He that labors for honesty finds his desire: but who so seeks after mischief, it shall happen unto him.
He that trusts in his riches shall fall, but the righteous shall flourish as the green leaf.
Who so makes disquietness in his own house, he shall have wind for his heritage, and the fool shall be servant to the wise.
The fruit of the righteous is as the tree of life; a wise man also wins mens souls.
If the righteous be recompensed upon the earth, how much more then the ungodly and the sinner?
The 12th Chapter
Whoso loves wisdom, will be content to be reformed: but he that hates to be reproofed is a fool.
A good man is acceptable unto the Lord: but the wicked will he condemn.
A man cannot endure in ungodliness, but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
A steadfast woman is a crown unto her husband: but she that behaves herself unhonestly is a corruption in his bones.
The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the imagination of the ungodly are deceitful.
The talking of the ungodly is how they may lie wait for blood, but the mouth of the righteous shall deliver them.
Or ever you can turn you about, the ungodly shall be overthrown: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
A man shall be commended for his wisdom, but a fool shall be despised.
A simple man which labors and works, is better than one that is gorgeous and wants bread.
A righteous man regards the life of his cattle, but the ungodly have cruel hearts.
He that tills his land, shall have plenteous of bread: but he that follows idleness, is a very fool.
The desire of the ungodly hunts after mischief, but the root of the righteous brings forth fruit.
The wicked falls into the snare thrown, the malice of his own mouth, but the just shall escape out of peril.
Every man enjoys good according to the innocency of his mouth, and after the works of his hands shall he be rewarded.
Look what a fool takes in hand, he thinks it well done: but he that is wise, will be counseled.
A fool utters his wrath in all the hast, but a discreet man forgives wrong.
A just man will tell the truth, and show the thing that is right: but a false witness deceives.
A scanderlous person pricks like a sword, but a wise mans tongue is wholesome.
A true mouth is ever constant, but a disassembling tongue is soon changed.
They that imagine evil in their mind, will deceive: but the counselors of peace shall have joy following them.
There shall no misfortune happen to the just, but the ungodly shall be filled with misery.
The Lord abhors deceitful lips, but they that labor for truth please him.
He that has understanding can hide his wisdom: but an indiscreet heart tells out his foolishness.
A diligent hand shall bear rule, but the idle shall be under tribute.
Heaviness discourages the heart of man, but a good word makes it glad again.
The righteous is liberal unto his neighbor, but the way of the ungodly deceives themselves.
A deceitful man shall find no vantage, but he that is content with that he has is more worth than gold.
In the way of righteousness there is life, as for any other way it is the path unto death.
The 13th Chapter
A wise son will receive his fathers warning, but he that is scornful, will not hear when he is reproved.
A good man shall enjoy the fruit of his mouth, but he that has a froward mind shall be spoiled.
He that keeps his mouth, keeps his life: but who so speaks unadvised, finds harm.
The sluggard would faine have, and cannot get his desire: but the soul of the diligent shall have plenty. fained is an obliged, or required/ willing
A righteous man abhors lies, but the ungodly shames both other and himself.
Righteousness keeps the innocent in the way, but ungodliness shall overthrow the sinner.
Some men are rich, though they have nothing: again some men are poor having great riches.
With goods every man delivers his life, and the poor will not be reproved.
The light of the righteous makes joyful, but the candle of the ungodly shall be put out.
Among the proud there is ever strife, but among those that does all things with advisement, there is wisdom.
Hastily gotten goods are soon spent, but they that be gathered together with the hand, shall increase.
Long tarring for a thing that is deferred, grieves the heart: but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
Whoso despises the word, destroys himself: but he that fears the commandment shall have peace.
The law is a well of life unto the wise, that it may keep him from the snares of death.
Good understanding gives favor, but hard is the way of the despisers.
A wise man does all things with discretion, but a fool will declare his folly.
An ungodly messenger brings mischief, but a faithful ambassador is wholesome.
He that thinks scorn to be reformed, comes to poverty and shame: but who so receives correction, shall come to honor.
When a desire is brought to pass, it delights the soul: but fools abhor him that eschueth (eschew: avoid, shun, escape) evil.
He that goes in the company of wise men, shall be wise: but who so is a companion of fools shall be hurt.
Mischief follows upon sinners, but the righteous shall have a good reward.
Which their childrens children shall have in possession, for the riches of the sinner is layed up for the just.
There is plenteousness of food is in the fields of the poor, and shall be increased out of measure.
He that spares his rod, hates his son: but who so loves him, holds him ever in nurture.
The righteous eats, and is satisfied, but the belly of the ungodly has never enough.
The 14th Chapter
A wise woman upholds her house, but a foolish wife plucks it down.
Who so fears the Lord, walks in the right path: and regards not him that abhors the ways of the Lord.
In the mouth of the foolish is the boasting of lordship, but the lips of the wise will beware of such.
Where no oxen are, the crib is empty: but where the oxen labor there is much fruit.
A faithful witness will disassemble, but a false record will make a lie.
A scornful body seeks wisdom, and finds it not: but knowledge is easy to come by, unto him that will understand.
See that you meddle not with a fool, and do as though you had no knowledge.
The wisdom of him that has understanding is, to take heed unto his way, but the foolishness of the unwise deceives.
Fools make but of sport of sin, but there is favorable love among the righteous.
The heart of him that has understanding will neither despair for any sorrow, nor be too presumptuous for any sudden joy.
The houses of the ungodly shall be overthrown, but the tabernacles of the righteous shall flourish.
There is a way which some men think to be right, but the end thereof leads unto death.
The heart is sorrowful even in laughter, and the end of mirth is heaviness.
An unfaithful person shall be filled with his own ways, but a good man will beware of such.
An ignorant body believes all things, but who so has understanding, looks well to his goings.
A wise man fears, and departs from evil, but a fool goes on presumptuously.
An unpatient man deals foolishly, but he that is well advised, does other ways.
The ignorant have foolishness in possession, but the wise are crowned with knowledge.
The evil shall bow themselves before the good, and the ungodly shall wait at the doors of the righteous.
The poor is hated even of his own neighbors, but the rich has many friends.
Who so despises his neighbor, does amiss: but blessed is he that has pity of the poor.
They that imagine wickedness, shall be disappointed: but they that muse upon good things, unto such shall happen mercy and faithfulness.
Diligent labor brings riches, but where many vain words are, truly there is scarceness.
Riches are an ornament unto the wise, but the ignorance of fools is very foolishness.
A faithful witness delivers souls, but a liar deceives them.
The fear of the Lord is a stronghold, for unto his he will be a sure defense.
The fear of the Lord is a well of life, to avoid the snares of death.
The increase and prosperity of the commons is the Kings honor, but the decay of the people is the confusion of the Prince.
Patience is a token of wisdom, but wrath and hasty displeasure is a token of foolishness.
A merry heart is the life of the body, but rancor consumes away the bones.
He that does a poor man wrong, blasphemes his maker: but who so has pity of the poor, does honor unto God.
The ungodly is afraid of every peril, but the righteous has a good hope even in death.
Wisdom rests in the heart of him that has understanding, and he will teach them that are unlearned.
Righteousness sets up the people, but wickedness brings folk to destruction.
A discreet servant is a pleasure unto the King, but one that is not honest provokes him unto wrath.
The 15th Chapter
A soft answer puts down displeasure, but froward words provoke to anger.
A wise tongue commends knowledge, a foolish tongue babbles out nothing but foolishness.
The eyes of the Lord look on every place, both upon the good and the bad.
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but he that abuses it, has a broken mind.
A fool despises his fathers correction, but he that takes heed when he is reproved, shall have the more understanding.
In the house of the righteous are great riches, but in the increase of the ungodly there is misorder.
A wise mouth pours out knowledge, but the heart of the foolish does not so.
The Lord abhors the sacrifice of the ungodly, but the prayer of the righteous is acceptable to him.
The way of the ungodly is an abomination unto the Lord, but who so follows righteousness, him he loves.
He that forsakes the right street, shall be sore punished: and who so hates instruction shall fall to death.
The hell with her pain is known to the Lord, how much more then the hearts of men?
A scornful body loves not the one that rebukes him, neither will he come among the wise.
A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but an unquiet mind makes it heavy.
A wise heart will seek after knowledge, but the mouth of fools meddle with foolishness.
All the days of the poor are miserable, but a quiet heart is as a continual feast.
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure, for they are not without sorrow.
Better is a mess of potage with love, than a fat ox with evil will.
An angry man stirs up strife, but he that is patient stills discord.
The way of the slothful is full of thorns, but the street of the righteous is well cleansed.
A wise son makes a glad father, but an undiscreet body shames his mother.
A fool rejoices in foolish things, but a wise man looks well to his own goings.
Unadvised thoughts shall come to naught, but where as men are that can give counsel, there is steadfastness.
O' how joyful a thing it is, a man to give a convenient answer?
O' how pleasant is a word spoken in due season.
The way of life leads unto heaven, that a man should beware of hell beneath.
The Lord will break down the house of the proud, but he shall make fast the borders of wisdom.
The Lord abhors the imaginations of the wicked, but pure words are pleasant to him.
The covetous man roots up his own house, but who so hates rewards, shall live.
A righteous man muses (amuses) in his mind how to do good, but the mind of the ungodly imagines, how he may do harm.
The Lord is far from the ungodly, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
Like as the clearness of the eyes rejoices the heart, so does a good name feed the bones.
The ear that harkens unto wholesome warning, and enclines thereto, shall dwell among the wise.
He that refuses to be reformed, despises his own soul: but he that submits himself to correction, is wise.
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