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Solomon’s Proverbs on Life and Conduct

1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answere of the tongue, is from the Lord.

2 All the wayes of a man are cleane in his owne eyes: but the Lord weigheth the spirits.

3 Commit thy workes vnto the Lord, and thy thoughts shalbe established.

4 The Lord hath made all things for himselfe: yea, euen the wicked for the day of euill.

5 Euery one that is proud in heart, is an abomination to the Lord: though hand ioyne in hand, he shall not be vnpunished.

6 By mercy and trueth iniquitie is purged: and by the feare of the Lord, men depart from euill.

7 When a mans wayes please the Lord, he maketh euen his enemies to be at peace with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousnesse, then great reuenewes without right.

9 A mans heart deuiseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

10 A diuine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in iudgement.

11 A iust weight and ballance are the Lords: all the weights of the bagge are his worke.

12 It is an abomination to kings to commit wickednesse: for the throne is established by righteousnesse.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings: and they loue him that speaketh right.

14 The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacifie it.

15 In the light of the kings countenance is life, and his fauour is as a cloude of the latter raine.

16 How much better is it to get wisedome, then gold? and to get vnderstanding, rather to be chosen then siluer?

17 The high way of the vpright is to depart from euill: hee that keepeth his way, preserueth his soule.

18 Pride goeth before destruction: and an hautie spirit before a fall.

19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, then to diuide the spoile with the proud.

20 He that handleth a matter wisely, shall finde good: and who so trusteth in the Lord, happy is hee.

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent; and the sweetnesse of the lips increaseth learning.

22 Understanding is a well-spring of life vnto him that hath it: but the instruction of fooles is folly.

23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lippes.

24 Pleasant words are as an honycombe, sweete to the soule, and health to the bones.

25 There is a way that seemeth right vnto a man; but the end thereof are the wayes of death.

26 Hee that laboureth, laboureth for himselfe; for his mouth craueth it of him.

27 An vngodly man diggeth vp euill: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

28 A froward man soweth strife; & a whisperer separateth chiefe friends.

29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

30 He shutteth his eyes to deuise froward things: moouing his lips he bringeth euill to passe.

31 The hoary head is a crowne of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousnesse.

32 He that is slow to anger, is better then the mighty: and he that ruleth his spirit, then he that taketh a citie.

33 The lot is cast into the lap: but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

Chap 17

1 Better is a drie morsell, and quietnesse therewith; then an house full of sacrifices with strife.

2 A wise seruant shall haue rule ouer a son that causeth shame: and shall haue part of the inheritance among the brethren.

3 The fining pot is for siluer, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.

4 A wicked doer giueth heed to false lips: and a liar giueth eare to a naughtie tongue.

5 Whoso mocketh the poore, reproacheth his maker: and he that is glad at calamities, shall not be vnpunished.

6 Childrens children are the crowne of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers.

7 Excellent speech becommeth not a foole: much lesse doe lying lippes a prince.

8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoeuer it turneth, it prospereth.

9 He that couereth a transgression, seeketh loue; but he that repeateth a matter, separateth very friends.

10 A reproofe entreth more into a wise man, then an hundred stripes into a foole.

11 An euill man seeketh onely rebellion; therefore a cruell messenger shall be sent against him.

12 Let a beare robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather then a foole in his folly.

13 Whoso rewardeth euill for good, euill shall not depart from his house.

14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therfore leaue off contention, before it be medled with.

15 He that iustifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the iust: euen they both are abomination to the Lord.

16 Wherfore is there a price in the hand of a foole to get wisedome, seeing he hath no heart to it?

17 A friend loueth at all times, and a brother is borne for aduersitie.

18 A man void of vnderstanding striketh hands, and becommeth suretie in the presence of his friend.

19 He loueth transgression, that loueth strife: and he that exalteth his gate, seeketh destruction.

20 He that hath a froward heart, findeth no good, and he that hath a peruerse tongue, falleth into mischiefe.

21 He that begetteth a foole, doth it to his sorrow: and the father of a foole hath no ioy.

22 A merrie heart doth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosome, to peruert the wayes of iudgement.

24 Wisedome is before him that hath vnderstanding: but the eyes of a foole are in the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish sonne is a griefe to his father, & bitternes to her that bare him.

26 Also to punish the iust is not good, nor to strike princes for equitie.

27 He that hath knowledge, spareth his words: and a man of vnderstanding is of an excellent spirit.

28 Euen a foole, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips, is esteemed a man of vnderstanding.

Chap 18

1 Through desire a man hauing separated himselfe, seeketh and intermedleth with all wisedome.

2 A foole hath no delight in vnderstanding, but that his heart may discouer it selfe.

3 When the wicked commeth, then commeth also contempt, and with ignominie, reproch.

4 The words of a mans mouth, are as deepe waters, and the well-spring of wisedome as a flowing brooke.

5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to ouerthrowe the righteous in iudgement.

6 A fooles lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.

7 A fooles mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soule.

8 The words of a tale bearer are as wounds, and they goe downe into the innermost parts of the belly.

9 Hee also that is slouthful in his worke, is brother to him that is a great waster.

10 The name of the Lord is a a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

11 The rich mans wealth is his strong citie: and as an high wall in his owne conceit.

12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughtie, and before honour is humilitie.

13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame vnto him.

14 The spirit of a man will sustaine his infirmitie: but a wounded spirit who can beare?

15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the eare of the wise seeketh knowledge.

16 A mans gift maketh roome for him, & bringeth him before great men.

17 He that is first in his owne cause, seemeth iust; but his neighbour commeth and searcheth him.

18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth betweene the mighty.

19 A brother offended is harder to be wonne then a strong citie: and their contentions are like the barres of a castle.

20 A mans belly shall be satisfied with the fruite of his mouth; and with the increase of his lippes shall he be filled.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that loue it shall eate the fruite thereof.

22 Who so findeth a wife, findeth a good thing, and obtaineth fauour of the Lord.

23 The poore vseth intreaties, but the rich answereth roughly.

24 A man that hath friends must shewe himselfe friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer then a brother.

Chap 19

1 Better is the poore that walketh in his integrity, then he that is peruerse in his lippes, and is a foole.

2 Also, that the soule be without knowledge, it is not good, and hee that hasteth with his feete, sinneth.

3 The foolishnesse of man peruerteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.

4 Wealth maketh many friends: but the poore is separated from his neighbour.

5 A false witnesse shall not be vnpunished: and he that speaketh lyes, shal not escape.

6 Many will entreate the fauour of the Prince: and euery man is a friend to him that giueth gifts.

7 All the brethren of the poore doe hate him: howe much more doe his friends goe farre from him? Hee pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

8 He that getteth wisedome loueth his owne soule: he that keepeth vnderstanding shall find good.

9 A false witnesse shall not be vnpunished, and hee that speaketh lyes, shall perish.

10 Delight is not seemely for a foole: much lesse for a seruant to haue rule ouer princes.

11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger: and it is his glory to passe ouer a transgression.

12 The kings wrath is as the roaring of a lyon: but his fauour is as dewe vpon the grasse.

13 A foolish sonne is the calamity of his father; and the contentions of a wife are a continuall dropping.

14 House and riches, are the inheritance of fathers; and a prudent wife is from the Lord.

15 Slouthfulnesse casteth into a deep sleepe: and an idle soule shall suffer hunger.

16 He that keepeth the commandement, keepeth his owne soule: but hee that despiseth his wayes, shall die.

17 Hee that hath pity vpon the poore, lendeth vnto the Lord; and that which he hath giuen, will he pay him againe.

18 Chasten thy sonne while there is hope; and let not thy soule spare for his crying.

19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliuer him, yet thou must doe it againe.

20 Heare counsell, and receiue instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

21 There are many deuices in a mans heart: neuerthelesse the counsell of the Lord, that shall stand.

22 The desire of a man is his kindnesse: and a poore man is better then a lyar.

23 The feare of the Lord tendeth to life, and he that hath it shall abide satisfied: he shall not be visited with euill.

24 A slouthfull man hideth his hand in his bosome, and wil not so much as bring it to his mouth againe.

25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware; and reprooue one that hath vnderstanding, and he will vnderstand knowledge.

26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a sonne that causeth shame, and bringeth reproch.

27 Cease, my sonne, to heare the instruction, that causeth to erre from the words of knowledge.

28 An vngodly witnesse scorneth iudgement: and the mouth of the wicked deuoureth iniquitie.

29 Iudgements are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the backe of fooles.

Chap 20

1 Wine is a mocker, strong drinke is raging: and whosoeuer is deceiued thereby, is not wise.

2 The feare of a king, is as the roaring of a Lion: who so prouoketh him to anger, sinneth against his owne soule.

3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but euery foole will be medling.

4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he begge in haruest, and haue nothing.

5 Counsell in the heart of man is like deepe water: but a man of vnderstanding will draw it out.

6 Most men will proclaime euery one his owne goodnes: but a faithfull man who can finde?

7 The iust man walketh in his integritie: his children are blessed after him.

8 A king that sitteth in the throne of iudgement, scattereth away all euill with his eyes.

9 Who can say, I haue made my heart cleane, I am pure from my sinne?

10 Diuers weights, and diuers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.

11 Euen a childe is knowen by his doings, whether his worke be pure, and whether it be right.

12 The hearing eare, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made euen both of them.

13 Loue not sleepe, lest thou come to pouertie: open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

14 It is nought, it is nought (saith the buyer:) but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

15 There is gold, and a multitude of Rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious iewell.

16 Take his garment that is suerty for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man: but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with grauell.

18 Euery purpose is established by counsell: and with good aduice make warre.

19 He that goeth about as a tale-bearer, reueileth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lippes.

20 Who so curseth his father or his mother, his lampe shall be put out in obscure darkenesse.

21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning: but the ende thereof shall not be blessed.

22 Say not thou, I will recompence euil: but wait on the Lord, and he shall saue thee.

23 Diuers waights are an abomination vnto the Lord: and a false ballance is not good.

24 Mans goings are of the Lord; how can a man then vnderstand his owne way?

25 It is a snare to the man who deuoureth that which is holy: and after vowes, to make inquirie.

26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, & bringeth the wheele ouer them.

27 The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

28 Mercy and trueth preserue the king: and his throne is vpholden by mercy.

29 The glory of yong men is their strength: and the beautie of old men is the gray head.

30 The blewnes of a wound cleanseth away euill: so doe stripes the inward parts of the belly.

Chap 21

1 The kings heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the riuers of water: hee turneth it whithersoeuer he will.

2 Euery way of a man is right in his owne eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.

3 To doe iustice and iudgement, is more acceptable to the Lord, then sacrifice.

4 An high looke, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sinne.

5 The thoughts of the diligent tend onely to plenteousnes: but of euery one that is hastie, onely to want.

6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue, is a vanitie tossed to and fro of them that seeke death.

7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to doe iudgement.

8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure; his worke is right.

9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the house top; then with a brawling woman in a wide house.

10 The soule of the wicked desireth euill: his neighbour findeth no fauour in his eyes.

11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiueth knowledge.

12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God ouerthroweth the wicked for their wickednesse.

13 Whoso stoppeth his eares at the cry of the poore, hee also shall cry himselfe, but shall not be heard.

14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger; and a reward in the bosome, strong wrath.

15 It is ioy to the iust to doe iudgement: but destruction shalbe to the workers of iniquitie.

16 The man that wandreth out of the way of vnderstanding, shall remaine in the congregation of the dead.

17 He that loueth pleasure, shall be a poore man: hee that loueth wine and oyle, shall not be rich.

18 The wicked shalbe a ransome for the righteous; and the transgressour for the vpright.

19 It is better to dwell in the wildernesse, then with a contentious and an angry woman.

20 There is treasure to be desired, and oyle in the dwelling of the wise: but a foolish man spendeth it vp.

21 Hee that followeth after righteousnesse and mercy, findeth life, righteousnesse and honour.

22 A wise man scaleth the citie of the mightie, and casteth downe the strength of the confidence thereof.

23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue, keepeth his soule from troubles.

24 Proud and haughtie scorner, is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

25 The desire of the slouthfull killeth him: for his hands refuse to labour.

26 Hee coueteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giueth and spareth not.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked minde?

28 A false witnesse shall perish: but the man that heareth, speaketh constantly.

29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the vpright, he directeth his way.

30 There is no wisedome, nor vnderstanding, nor counsell against the Lord.

31 The horse is prepared against the day of battell: but safetie is of the Lord.

Chap 22

1 A Good name is rather to be chosen then great riches, and louing fauour rather then siluer & golde.

2 The rich and poore meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.

3 A prudent man foreseeth the euill, and hideth himselfe: but the simple passe on, and are punished.

4 By humilitie and the feare of the Lord, are riches, and honour, and life.

5 Thornes and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doeth keepe his soule, shalbe farre from them.

6 Traine vp a childe in the way he should goe: and when he is olde, hee will not depart from it.

7 The rich ruleth ouer the poore, and the borrower is seruant to the lender.

8 Hee that soweth iniquitie, shall reape vanitie: and the rodde of his anger shall faile.

9 Hee that hath a bountifull eye, shall bee blessed: for hee giueth of his bread to the poore.

10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall goe out; yea strife, and reproch shall cease.

11 He that loueth purenesse of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.

12 The eyes of the Lord preserue knowledge, and he ouerthroweth the words of the transgressour.

13 The slothfull man sayth, There is a lyon without, I shall be slaine in the streetes.

14 The mouth of strange women is a deepe pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.

15 Foolishnesse is bound in the heart of a child: but the rod of correction shal driue it farre from him.

16 Hee that oppresseth the poore to increase his riches, and he that giueth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

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