Wisdom is the better course
1 ¶ A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
2 ¶ The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3 ¶ The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
4 ¶ A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
5 ¶ A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
6 ¶ In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7 ¶ The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
8 ¶ The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
9 ¶ The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
10 ¶ Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
11 ¶ Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
12 ¶ A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
13 ¶ A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14 ¶ The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
15 ¶ All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
16 ¶ Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
18 ¶ A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
19 ¶ The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
20 ¶ A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
21 ¶ Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
22 ¶ Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
23 ¶ A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
24 ¶ The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
25 ¶ The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
26 ¶ The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
27 ¶ He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
28 ¶ The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29 ¶ The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
30 ¶ The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
31 ¶ The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
32 ¶ He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33 ¶ The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
The better way of life described
1 ¶ The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
2 ¶ All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
3 ¶ Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
4 ¶ The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
5 ¶ Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
6 ¶ By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
7 ¶ When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 ¶ Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
9 ¶ A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
10 ¶ A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
11 ¶ A just weight and balance are the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag are his work.
12 ¶ It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
13 ¶ Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
14 ¶ The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
15 In the light of the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.
16 ¶ How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
17 ¶ The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
18 ¶ Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
19 ¶ Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 ¶ He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
21 ¶ The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
22 ¶ Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
23 ¶ The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
24 ¶ Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
25 ¶ There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
26 ¶ He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
27 ¶ An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
29 ¶ A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
31 ¶ The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
32 ¶ He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
33 ¶ The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.
The good conduct
1 ¶ Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.
2 ¶ A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
3 ¶ The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
4 ¶ A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.
5 ¶ Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
6 ¶ Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.
7 ¶ Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.
8 ¶ A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
9 ¶ He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
10 ¶ A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
11 ¶ An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
12 ¶ Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
13 ¶ Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14 ¶ The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
15 ¶ He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
16 ¶ Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
17 ¶ A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
18 ¶ A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
19 ¶ He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
20 ¶ He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
21 ¶ He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.
22 ¶ A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
23 ¶ A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
24 ¶ Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
25 ¶ A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
26 ¶ Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
27 ¶ He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
1 ¶ Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
2 ¶ A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
3 ¶ When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
4 ¶ The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5 ¶ It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 ¶ A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 ¶ The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
9 ¶ He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
10 ¶ The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
11 ¶ The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
12 ¶ Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
13 ¶ He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
14 ¶ The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
15 ¶ The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
16 ¶ A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
17 ¶ He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
18 ¶ The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
19 ¶ A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 ¶ A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 ¶ Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 ¶ Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
23 ¶ The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
24 ¶ A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.