May 29c


Wisdom is the better course

Proverbs 15

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

Proverbs 16

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

Proverbs 17

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.

Proverbs 18

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.

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