The benefits of righteousness
1 ¶ The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
2 ¶ Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.
3 The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.
4 ¶ He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
5 ¶ He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
6 ¶ Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
7 ¶ The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
8 ¶ The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.
9 ¶ He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
10 ¶ He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.
11 ¶ The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
12 ¶ Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
13 ¶ In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
14 ¶ Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
15 ¶ The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
16 ¶ The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
17 ¶ He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
18 ¶ He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
19 ¶ In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
20 ¶ The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
22 ¶ The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
23 ¶ It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
24 ¶ The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
26 ¶ As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
27 ¶ The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
29 ¶ The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
31 ¶ The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.
1 ¶ A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
2 ¶ When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
3 ¶ The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
4 ¶ Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
5 ¶ The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.
7 ¶ When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perisheth.
8 ¶ The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.
9 ¶ An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
10 ¶ When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
12 ¶ He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
14 ¶ Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
15 ¶ He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
16 ¶ A gracious woman retaineth honour: and strong men retain riches.
17 ¶ The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
18 ¶ The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.
19 ¶ As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.
20 ¶ They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD: but such as are upright in their way are his delight.
21 ¶ Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
22 ¶ As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
23 ¶ The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
24 ¶ There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
25 ¶ The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.
26 ¶ He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
27 ¶ He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
28 ¶ He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
29 ¶ He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
30 ¶ The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
31 ¶ Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.
1 ¶ Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
2 ¶ A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
3 ¶ A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
4 ¶ A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
5 ¶ The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
6 ¶ The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
7 ¶ The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
8 ¶ A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
9 ¶ He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
10 ¶ A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
11 ¶ He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
12 ¶ The wicked desireth the net of evil men: but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
13 ¶ The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
14 ¶ A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.
15 ¶ The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
16 ¶ A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.
17 ¶ He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
18 ¶ There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
19 ¶ The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 ¶ Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
21 ¶ There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
22 ¶ Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.
23 ¶ A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
24 ¶ The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
25 ¶ Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
26 ¶ The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
27 ¶ The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
28 ¶ In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
1 ¶ A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
2 ¶ A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
3 ¶ He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
4 ¶ The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
5 ¶ A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
6 ¶ Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
7 ¶ There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
8 ¶ The ransom of a man’s life are his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
9 ¶ The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10 ¶ Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
11 ¶ Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
12 ¶ Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
13 ¶ Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
14 ¶ The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
15 ¶ Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
16 ¶ Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
17 ¶ A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
18 ¶ Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
19 ¶ The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
20 ¶ He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
21 ¶ Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
22 ¶ A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
23 ¶ Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.
24 ¶ He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
25 ¶ The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
The contrast between the wise and foolish
1 ¶ Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
2 ¶ He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
3 ¶ In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
4 ¶ Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
5 ¶ A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
6 ¶ A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
7 ¶ Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
8 ¶ The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
9 ¶ Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
10 ¶ The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
11 ¶ The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
12 ¶ There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
13 ¶ Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
14 ¶ The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
15 ¶ The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.
16 ¶ A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
17 ¶ He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
18 ¶ The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 ¶ The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 ¶ The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.
21 ¶ He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.
22 ¶ Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.
23 ¶ In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
24 ¶ The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
25 ¶ A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.
26 ¶ In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
28 ¶ In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
29 ¶ He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
30 ¶ A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
31 ¶ He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
32 ¶ The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
33 ¶ Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
34 ¶ Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
35 ¶ The king’s favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.