DIVINE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD
It Is Written
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of
David, king of Israel; 2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of
understanding; 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 5 A wise man
will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto
wise counsels: 6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise,
and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the LORD is the
beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 8 My son, hear
the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 9 For they shall
be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent
thou not. 11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for
the innocent without cause: 12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as
those that go down into the pit: 13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill
our houses with spoil: 14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: 15 My son,
walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: 16 For their feet
run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. 17 Surely in vain the net is spread in the
sight of any bird. 18 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for
their own lives. 19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which
taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her
voice in the streets: 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of
the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, 22 How long, ye simple ones,
will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate
knowledge? 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will
make known my words unto you. 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched
out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would
none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear
cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a
whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but
I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29 For that they
hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30 They would none of my
counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their
own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32 For the turning away of the simple shall
slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me
shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words,
and hide my commandments with thee; 2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply
thine heart to understanding; 3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up
thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for
hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the
knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge
and understanding. 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler
to them that walk uprightly. 8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of
his saints. 9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea,
every good path.
10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart,
and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; 11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding
shall keep thee: 12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that
speaketh froward things; 13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of
darkness; 14 Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15 Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: 16 To deliver
thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with
her words; 17 Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her
God. 18 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. 19 None that go
unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. 20 That thou mayest
walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous. 21 For the
upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. 22 But the wicked
shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine
heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add
to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon
the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight
of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the
LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. 9
Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So
shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. 11
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12 For
whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
13 Happy is the man that findeth
wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. 14 For the merchandise of it is better
than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. 15 She is more
precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto
her. 16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and
honour. 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that
retaineth her. 19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he
established the heavens. 20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop
down the dew.
21 My son, let not them depart from thine
eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: 22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace
to thy neck. 23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. 24
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep
shall be sweet. 25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked,
when it cometh. 26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from
27 Withhold not good from them to whom it
is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. 28 Say not unto thy
neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee. 29
Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee. 30 Strive not
with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm. 31 Envy thou not the oppressor,
and choose none of his ways. 32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his
secret is with the righteous. 33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of
the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. 34 Surely he scorneth the
scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame
shall be the promotion of fools.
1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a
father, and attend to know understanding. 2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not
my law. 3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my
mother. 4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my
commandments, and live. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither
decline from the words of my mouth. 6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love
her, and she shall keep thee. 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get
wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 8 Exalt her, and she shall promote
thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. 9 She shall give to
thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. 10 Hear, O my
son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. 11 I have taught
thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. 12 When thou goest, thy steps
shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. 13 Take fast hold
of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14 Enter not into the path of the wicked,
and go not in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and
pass away. 16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken
away, unless they cause some to fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and
drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the just is as the shining light,
that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. 19 The way of the wicked is as
darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 My son, attend to my words; incline
thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst
of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all
their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of
life. 24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. 25 Let
thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Ponder the
path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor
to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow
thine ear to my understanding: 2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy
lips may keep knowledge. 3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb,
and her mouth is smoother than oil: 4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a
twoedged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. 6 Lest thou
shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. 8
Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: 9 Lest thou give
thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: 10 Lest strangers be filled with
thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; 11 And thou mourn at the
last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, 12 And say, How have I hated instruction,
and my heart despised reproof; 13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor
inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! 14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of
the congregation and assembly.
15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern,
and running waters out of thine own well. 16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and
rivers of waters in the streets. 17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers'
with thee. 18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. 19 Let
her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times;
and be thou ravished always with her love. 20 And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with
a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? 21 For the ways of man are before
the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. 22 His own iniquities shall take
the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. 23 He shall die
without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
1 My son, if thou be surety for thy
friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger, 2 Thou art snared with the
words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. 3 Do this now, my son, and
deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and
make sure thy friend. 4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. 5
Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand
of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider
her ways, and be wise: 7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, 8 Provideth her meat
in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. 9 How long wilt thou sleep, O
sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 Yet a little sleep, a little
slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11 So shall thy poverty come as one that
travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh
with a froward mouth. 13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth
with his fingers; 14 Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually;
he soweth discord. 15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be
broken without remedy. 16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an
abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
20 My son, keep thy father's commandment,
and forsake not the law of thy mother: 21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie
them about thy neck. 22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall
keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. 23 For the commandment is
a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of
life: 24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange
woman. 25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her
eyelids. 26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread:
and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. 27 Can a man take fire in his bosom,
and his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be
innocent. 30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is
hungry; 31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the
substance of his house. 32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh
understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. 33 A wound and dishonour
shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away. 34 For jealousy is the rage
of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35 He will not regard any
ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my
commandments with thee. 2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine
eye. 3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. 4 Say unto
wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman: 5 That
they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with
6 For at the window of my house I looked
through my casement, 7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a
young man void of understanding, 8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went
the way to her house, 9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night: 10
And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of
heart. 11 (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: 12 Now is
she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.) 13 So she caught
him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him, 14 I have peace
offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows. 15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee,
diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee. 16 I have decked my bed with coverings
of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. 17 I have perfumed my bed
with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning:
let us solace ourselves with loves. 19 For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a
long journey: 20 He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the
day appointed. 21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering
of her lips she forced him. 22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the
slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; 23 Till a dart strike through his
liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
24 Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye
children, and attend to the words of my mouth. 25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways,
go not astray in her paths. 26 For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men
have been slain by her. 27 Her house is the way to hell, going down to the
chambers of death.
1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding
put forth her voice? 2 She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of
the paths. 3 She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the
doors. 4 Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. 5 O ye
simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. 6 Hear; for I
will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. 7
For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8 All
the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or
perverse in them. 9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them
that find knowledge. 10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than
choice gold. 11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be
desired are not to be compared to it.
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find
out knowledge of witty inventions. 13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride,
and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. 14 Counsel is mine,
and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. 15 By me kings reign, and
princes decree justice. 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of
the earth. 17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. 18
Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. 19 My
fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: 21 That I
may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning
of his way, before his works of old. 23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning,
or ever the earth was. 24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there
were no fountains abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains were settled, before
the hills was I brought forth: 26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields,
nor the highest part of the dust of the world. 27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there:
when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 28 When he established the clouds above:
when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 29 When he gave to the sea his decree,
that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the
earth: 30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his
delight, rejoicing always before him; 31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth;
and my delights were with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye
children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction, and be wise,
and refuse it not. 34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my
gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall
obtain favour of the LORD. 36 But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all
they that hate me love death.
1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath
hewn out her seven pillars: 2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she
hath also furnished her table. 3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the
highest places of the city, 4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him
that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the
wine which I have mingled. 6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of
understanding. 7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that
rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate
thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 9 Give instruction to a wise man,
and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is
understanding. 11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life
shall be increased. 12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou
scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
13 A foolish woman is clamorous: she
is simple, and knoweth nothing. 14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat
in the high places of the city, 15 To call passengers who go right on their ways: 16 Whoso
is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth
understanding, she saith to him, 17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in
secret is pleasant. 18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her
guests are in the depths of hell.
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
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
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.
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