The proverbs of Solomon the son
of David King of Israel: To learn wisdom, instruction,
understanding, prudence, righteousness, judgment and equity. That
the very babes might have wit, and that young men might have
knowledge and understanding. By hearing, the wise man shall come by
more wisdom: and by experience he shall be more apt to understand a
parable, and the interpretation thereof, the words of the wise, and
the dark speeches of the same. The fear of the Lord is the beginning
of wisdom. But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
My son, hear thy fathers doctrine, and forsake not the law of
thy mother: for that shall bring grace unto thy head, and shall be a
chain about thy neck. My son, consent not unto sinners, if they
entice thee, and say: Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, and
lurk privily for the innocent without a cause: Let us swallow them
up like the hell, let us swallow them quick and whole, as those that
go down into the pit. So we shall find all manner of costly riches,
and fill our houses with spoils. Cast in thy lot among us, we shall
have all one purse.
My son, walk not thou with them, refrain thy foot from their
ways. For their feet run to evil, and are hasty to shed blood. But
in vain is the net laid forth before the birds eyes. Yee they
themselves lay wait one for anothers blood and one of them would
slay another. These are the ways as all such as be covetous, that
one would ravish anothers life.
Wisdom crieth without and putteth forth her voice in the
streets. She calleth before the congregation in the open gates, and
showeth her words throw the city saying: O' ye children how long
will ye live childishly? how long will the scorners delight in
scorning, and the unwise be enemies unto knowledge? O' turn you unto
my correction: lo, I will express my mind unto you, and make you
understand my words. Seeing then that I have called, and ye refused
it, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded it, but all my
counsels ye have despised and set my corrections to naught.
Therefore shall I also laugh in your destruction, and mock you, when
the thing that you fear cometh upon you: even when the thing that ye
be afraid of, falleth in suddenly like a storm, and your misery like
a tempest: yee when trouble and heaviness come upon you. Then shall
they call upon me, but I will not hear: they shall seek me early,
but they shall not find me: And that because they hated knowledge,
and received not fear of the Lord, but abhorred my counsel, and
despised my correction. Therefore shall they eat the fruits of their
own way, and be filled with their own counsels: for the turning away
of the unwise shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall be
their own destruction. But who so hearkeneth unto me shall dwell
safely, and have enough without any fear of evil.
My son, if thou wilt receive my
words, and *keep my commandments by thee, that thine ear may hearken
unto wisdom, apply thine heart then to understanding. For if thou
criest after wisdom, and callest after knowledge: If thou seekest
her as after money, and diggest for her as for treasures: then shalt
thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
For it is the Lord that giveth wisdom, out of his mouth cometh
knowledge and understanding. He preserveth the welfare of the
righteous, and defendeth them that walk innocently: He keepeth them
in the right path, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt
thou understand righteousness, judgment and equity, yee and every
good path. If wisdom enter into thine heart, and thy soul delight in
knowledge: then shall counsel preserve thee, and understanding shall
keep thee. That thou mayest be delivered from the evil way, and from
the man that speaketh *froward things. From such as leave the high
street, and walk in the ways of darkness: Which rejoice in doing
evil, and delight in wicked things: Whose ways are crooked, and
their paths *sclanderous. That thou mayest be delivered from the
strange woman, and from her that is not thine own: which giveth
sweet words, forsaketh the husband of her youth, and fogeteth the
covenant of her God. For her house is inclineth unto death, and her
paths into hell. All they that go unto her, come not again, neither
take they hold of the way of life. That thou mayest walk in the
*good way, and keep the paths of the righteous. For the just shall
dwell in the land, and the *innocent shall remain in it. but the
ungodly shall be rooted out of the land, and the wicked doers shall
be taken out of it.
*keep (KJV and other bibles of man =hide) *froward means: stubbornly
*sclanderous .( appears that middle English had one word for scandal
and slanderous.) *good way, (KJV and other bibles of man = of good
*innocent (KJV and other bibles of man =perfect)
O' my son, forget not my law,
but see that thine heart keep my commandments. For they shall
prolong the days and years of thy life, and bring thee peace. Let
mercy and faithfulness never go from thee: bind them about thy neck,
and write them upon the tables of thine heart. So shalt thou find
favor and good understanding in the sight of God and men. Put thy
trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and he shall order thy
goings. Be not wise in thine own conceit, but fear the Lord, and
depart from evil: so shall thy navel be whole, and thy bones strong.
Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstlings of
all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenteousness,
and thy presses shall flow over with new wine. My son, despise not
the chastening of the Lord, neither faint when thou are rebuked of
him. For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth: and yet delighteth in
him even as a father in his own son. Well is him that findeth
wisdom, and obtaineth understanding, for the getting of it is better
than any merchandise of silver, and the profit is better than gold.
Wisdom is more worth than precious stones, and all the things that
thou canst desire, are not to be compared unto her. Upon her right
hand is long life, and upon her left hand is riches and honor. Her
ways are pleasant ways, and her paths are peaceable. She is a tree
of life to them that lay hold upon her, and blessed are they that
keep her fast.
With wisdom hath the Lord layed the foundation of the earth,
and through understanding hath he stablished the heavens. Through
his wisdom the deeps break up, and the clouds drop down of the dew.
My son, let not these things depart from thine eyes, but keep my law
and my counsel: So it be life unto thy soul, and grace unto thy
mouth. Then shalt thou walk safely in thy way, and thy foot shall
not stumble. If thou sleepest thou shalt not be afraid, but shall
take thy rest and sleep sweetly. Thou needest not be afraid of any
sudden fear, neither for the violent rushing of the ungodly, when it
cometh. For the Lord shall besiege thee and keep thy foot that thou
be not taken. Refuse not to do good unto him that should have it, so
long as thine hand is able to do it. Say not unto thy neighbor: Go
thy way and come again, tomorrow I will give thee: where as thou
hast now to give him. Intend no hurt unto thy neighbor, seeing he
hopeth to dwell in rest by thee. Strive not lightly with any man,
where as he hath done thee no harm. Follow not a wicked man, and
choose none of his ways: for the Lord abhoreth the froward, but his
secret is among the righteous. The curse of the Lord is in the house
of the ungodly, but he blesseth the dwellings of the righteous. As
for the scornful, he shall laugh them to scorn, but he shall give
grace unto the lowly. The wise shall have honor in possession, but
shame is the promotion that fools shall have.
Hear, O' ye children, the
fatherly exhortation, and take good heed, that ye may learn wisdom.
Yee I shall give you a good *reward, if ye will not forsake my law.
For when I my self was my fathers dear son, and tenderly beloved of
my mother, he taught me also, saying: Let thine heart receive my
words, keep my commandments, and thou shalt live. Get thee wisdom,
get thee understanding, forget not the words of my mouth, and shrink
not from them. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love
her, and she shall keep thee. The chief point of wisdom is, that
thou be willing to obtain wisdom, and before all thy goods to get
understanding. Make much of her and she shall promote thee: Yee if
thou embrace her, she shall bring thee unto honor.
She shall make thee a gracious head, and garnish thee with a
crown of glory. Hear, my son, and receive my words, that the years
of thy life may be many. I will show thee, the way of wisdom, and
lead thee in the right paths. So if thou goest therin, the way of
wisdom, there shall no *straiteness hinder thee: and when thou
runnest, thou shalt not fall. Take fast hold of doctrine, let her
not go: keep her for she is thy life. Come not in the path of the
ungodly, and walk not in the way of the wicked. Eschue it, and go
not therin: depart aside, and pass over by it. For they cannot
sleep, except they have first done some mischief: neither take they
any rest, except they have first done some harm. For they eat the
bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of *robbery. The path of the
righteous shineth as the light, and is ever brighter and brighter
unto the perfect day. But the way of the ungodly is as the darkness,
wherein men fall, or they be a war.
My son, *mark my words, and incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes, keep them even in the midst of
thine heart. For they are life unto all those that find them, and
health unto all their bodies. Keep thine heart with all diligence,
*for there upon hangeth life. Put away from thee a *froward mouth,
and let the lips of *sclander be far from thee. Let thine eyes
behold the thing that is right, and let thine eyelids look straight
before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, so shall all thy ways be
sure. Turn not aside, neither to the right hand nor to the left, but
withhold thy foot from evil.
*reward, (KJV and other bibles of man =doctrine) *robbery. (KJV and
other bibles of man =violence) *straiteness: to be brought into
"straits" is to be lorded over by the ungodly power rule and
spiritual wickedness. Straight before the Lord is to not turn to the
left or right, but to keep our eyes straight ahead to the promises
of God, plain hearted to his love and his truth.RN *mark my words.
here is the "mark" as those marked in the heart are seen of God to
love his truth. 2 Thess 2 RN *for there upon hangeth life. KJV and
other bibles of man =out of it [are] the issues of life. *froward
mouth and *sclander (*See in Ch 2)
My son, give heed unto my
wisdom, and bow thine ear to my *prudence: that thou mayest regard
good counsel, and that thy lips may keep nurture. For the lips of a
harlot are a dropping honeycomb, and her throat is softer than oil.
But at the last she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two
edged sword. Her feet go down unto death, and her steps pierce
through unto hell. She regardeth not the path of life, so
unsteadfast are her ways, that thou canst not know them. Hear me
therefore, ( O' my son ) and depart not from the words of my mouth.
Keep thy way far from her, and come not nigh the doors of her house.
That thou give not thine honor unto another, and thy years to the
cruel. That other men be not filled with thy goods, and thy labors
come not in a strange house. Yee that thou mourn not at the last, (
when thou hast spent thy body and goods ) and then say: Alas, why
hated I nurture? why did my heart despise correction? Wherefore was
not I obedient unto the voice of my teachers, and hearken not unto
them that informed me? I a come almost into all my misfortune, in
the midst of the multitude and congregation. Drink of the water of
thine own well, and of the rivers that run out of thine own springs.
Let the wells flow out abroad, that there may be rivers of water in
the streets: but let them be only thine own, and not strangers with
Let thy well be blessed, and be glad with the wife of thy
youth. Loving is the *hind and friendly is the Roo: let her breasts
always satisfy thee, and hold thee ever content with her love. My
son, wilt thou have pleasure in an harlot, and embrace the bosom of
another woman? For every mans ways are open in the sight of the
Lord, and he pondereth all their goings. The wickedness of the
ungodly shall catch himself, and with the snares of his own sins
shall he be trapped. Because he would not be reformed, he shall die:
and for his great foolishness he shall be destroyed.
*prudence = caution and the ability to see out comes of actions.
*hind is from the Hebrew sacrificial ram
My son, if thou be surety for
thy neighbor, thou hast fastened thy hand with another man: yee thou
art bound with thine own words, and taken with thine own speach.
Therefore my son, do this: discharge thyself, for thou art come into
thy neighbors danger. Go thy way then soon, and entreat thy
neighbor: let not thine eyes sleep ner thine eyelids to slumber.
Save thyself as a doe from the hand, and as a bird from the hand of
the fowler. Go to the *Emmet ( thou sluggard) consider her ways, and
learn to be wise. She hath no guide, no teacher, no leader: yet in
the Summer she provideth her increase, and gathereth her food
together in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, thou sluggish
man? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yee sleep on still
alittle, slumber alittle, fold thy hands together yet alittle, that
thou mayest sleep: so shall poverty come unto thee as one that
travaileth by the way, and necessity like a weaponed man. A
dissembling person, a wicked man goeth with a froward mouth, he
winketh with his eyes, he tokeneth with his feet, he pointeth with
his fingers, he is ever imagining mischief and frowardness in his
heart, and causeth discord. Therefore shall his destruction come
hastily upon him, suddenly shall he be all broken, and not healed.
There be six things which the Lord hateth, and the seventh he
utterly abhoreth: A proud look, a *dissembling tongue, hands that
shed innocent blood, an heart that goeth about with wicked
imaginations, feet that be swift in running to do mischief, a false
witness that bringeth up lies, and such one as soweth discord among
brethren. My son, keep thy fathers commandments, and forsake not the
law of thy mother. Put them up together in thine heart, and bind
them about thy neck. That they may lead thee where thou goest,
preserve the when thou art a sleep, and when thou awakest, thou
mayest talk of them. For the commandment is a lantern, and the law a
light: yee chastening and nurture is the way of life: that we may
keep thee from the evil woman, and flattering tongue of the harlot:
that thou lust not after her beauty in thine heart, and lest thou be
taken with her fair looks. An Harlot will make a man to beg for his
bread, but a married woman will hunt for that precious life. Can a
man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burnt? Or can one
go upon hot coals, and his feet not be hurt? Even so, whosoever
goeth in to his neighbors wife, and toucheth her shall not be
unguilty. Men do not utterly despise a thief, that stealeth to
satisfy his soul, when he is hungry: But if he may be gotten, he
restoreth seven times as much, or else he maketh recompense with all
the goods of his house. But whoso committeth *advoutry with a woman,
he is a fool, and bringeth his life to destruction. He getteth
himself also shame and dishonor, such as shall never be put out. For
the jealousy and wrath of the man will not be entreated, no though
thou wouldest offer him great gifts to make amends, he will not
*Emmet (ant) *a dissembling (KJV and
other bibles of man = lying) tongue.
*advouterer: *advouterer: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout:
devotion; plain hearted to God. mark the first sin of Adam. also see
James 2 for adultery. kjv replaces this word throughout the text
nearly 70 times with "adultery".
My son, keep my words, and lay
up my commandments by thee. Keep my commandments and my law even as
the apple of thine eye, and thou shalt live. Bind them upon thy
fingers, write them in the table of thine heart. Say unto wisdom:
Thou art my sister, and call understanding thy kinswoman: That she
may keep thee from the strange woman, and from the harlot which
giveth sweet words. From the window of my house I looked through the
trellis, and beheld the simple people: and among other young folks I
spied one young fool going over the streets, by the corner in the
way toward the harlots house in the twilight of the evening, when it
began now to be night and dark. And behold, there met him a woman in
an harlots apparel ( a deceitful, wanton and an unsteadfast woman:
whos feet could not abide in the house, now is she without, now in
the streets, and lurketh in every corner.) She caught the young man,
kissed him, and was not ashamed, saying: I had a vow to pay, and
this day I perform it. Therefore I came forth to meet thee, that I
might seek thy face, and so I have found thee. I have decked my bed
with coverings and clothes of Egypt. My bed have I made with to
smell of Myrrh, Aloes, and Cinnamon. Come, let us lie together, and
take our pleasure till it be day light. For the goodman is not at
home, he is gone a far off. He hath taken the bag of money with him:
who can tell when he cometh home? Thus with many sweet words she
over came him, and with her flattering lips she *wanne him.
Immediately he followed her, as it were an ox to the
slaughter ( like as it were to the stocks, where fools are punished
) so long till he had wounded his liver with her dart: like as if a
bird hasted to the snare, not knowing that the peril of his life
lieth thereupon. Hear me now therefore, O' my son, and mark the
words of my mouth. Let not thine heart wander in her ways, and be
not thou deceived in her paths. For many a strong man hath she
slain. Her houses is the way to hell, where men go down into the
chambers of death.
*wanne from wane meaning to gradually reduce and subdue. This is to
say in the spirit, as she leadeth to hell. RN
Doth not wisdom cry? doeth not
understanding put forth her voice? Standeth she not in the high
places of the streets, and ways? Doeth she not cry before the whole
city, and in the gates where men go out and in? Is it you, O' ye
men,( sayeth she) whom I call? Unto you ( O' ye children of men )
lift up I my voice. Take heed unto knowledge O' ye ignorant, be wise
in heart O' ye fools. Give ear, for I will speak of great matters,
and open my lips to tell things that be right. For my mouth shall be
talking of the truth, and my lips abhor ungodliness. All the words
of my mouth are righteousness, there is no froward nor fallacies
therin. They are all plain to such as will understand, and right to
them that find knowledge. Receive my doctrine therefore, and not
silver: and my knowledge, more than fine gold. For wisdom is more
worth than precious stones, yee all the things that thou canst
desire, are not to be compared unto it.
I wisdom have my dwelling with knowledge, and prudent counsel
is my own. With me is the fear of the Lord, and the eschewing of
evil. As for pride, disdain, and evil way, and a mouth that speaketh
wicked things, I utterly abhor them. I can give counsel, and be a
guide: I have understanding, I have strength. Through me, Kings
reign: through me, princes make just laws. Through me, Lords bear
rule, and all judges of the earth execute judgement. I am loving
unto those that love me, and they that seek me early, shall find me.
Riches and honor are with me, yee excellent goods and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, and precious stone, and mine increase
more worth than silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, and in
the street of judgment.
That I may send prosperity to those that love me, and to
increase their treasure. The Lord himself had me in possession in
the beginning of his ways, or ever he began his works afore time. I
have been ordained from everlasting, and from the beginning, or ever
the earth was made. When I was born, there were neither depths nor
springs of water. Before the foundations of the mountains were layed,
yee before all hills was I born. The earth and all that is upon the
earth was not yet made, no not the ground itself. For when he made
the heavens, I was present: when he set up the depths in order: when
he hanged the clouds above: when he fastened the springs of the
deep: When he shut the sea within certain bounds, that the waters
should not go over their marks. When he layed the foundations of the
earth I was with him, ordering all things, delighting daily, and
rejoicing all the way before him.
As for the round compass of his world, I make it joyful: for
my delight is to be among the children of men. Therefore harken unto
me, O' ye children, for blessed are they that keep my ways. O' give
ear unto nurture, be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man
that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, and giving attendance
at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me, findeth life, and
shall obtain favor of the Lord. But whoso offendeth against me,
hurteth his own soul. All they that hate me, are lovers of death.
Wisdom hath builded herself an
house, and hewn out seven pillars: She hath killed her vitailes,
*poured out her wine, and prepared her table. She hath sent forth
her maidens to cry upon the highest place of the city: Whoso is
ignorant, let him come hither. And to the unwise she said: O' come
on your way, eat my bread, and drink my wine, which I have poured
out for you. forsake ignorance, and ye shall live: and see that ye
go in the way of understanding. Who so reproveth a scornful person,
getteth himself dishonor: and he that rebuketh the ungodly, staineth
himself. Reprove not a scorner, lest he owe thee evil will: but
rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give a discrete man but
occasion, and he will be the wiser, teach a righteous man, and he
will increase. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and
the knowledge of holy things is understanding. For through me thy
days shall be prolonged, and the years of thy life shall be many. If
thou be wise thy wisdom shall do thyself good: but if thou thinkest
scorn thereof, it shall be thine own harm.
A foolish restless woman, full of words, and such one as hath
no knowledge, sitteth in the doors of her house upon a stool above
in the city, to call such as go by, and walk straight in their ways.
Who so is ignorant ( sayeth she ) let him come hither, and to the
unwise she sayeth: stolen waters are sweet, and the bread that is
privately eaten, hath good taste. But they consider not that death
is there, and that her guests go down to hell.
killed her vitailes, *poured out her wine, and prepared her table. (
KJV and other bibles of man =beasts; she hath mingled her wine )
A wise son makes a glad father,
but an indiscreet son is the heaviness of his mother.
Treasures that are wickedly gotten, profit nothing, but
righteousness delivers from death.
The Lord will not let the soul of the righteous suffer hunger,
but he puts the ungodly from his desire.
An idle hand makes poor, but a quick laboring hand makes rich.
Who so gathers in summer is wise: but he that is sluggish in
harvest, brings himself to confusion.
Loving and favorable is the face of the righteous, but the
forehead of the ungodly is past shame, and presumptuous.
The memorial of the just shall have a good report, but the
name of the ungodly shall stink.
A wise man will receive warning, but fool will sooner be
smitten in the face.
He that leads an innocent life, walks surely: but who so goes
a wrong way, shall be known.
He that winks with his eye, will do some harm: but he that has
a foolish mouth shall be beaten.
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth
of the ungodly is past shame, and presumptuous.
Evil will stirs up strife, but love covers the multitude of
In the lips of him that has understanding a man shall find
wisdom, but the rod belongs to the back of the foolish.
Wise men lay up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is
The rich mans goods are his stronghold, but poverty oppresseth
The righteous laboureth to do good, but the ungodly useth his
increase unto sin.
To take heed unto the chastening of nurture, is the way of
life: but he that refuseth to be reformed, goeth wrong.
Disassembling lips keep hatred secretly, and he that speaketh
any slander is a fool.
Where much babbling is, there must needs be offense: he that
refraineth his lips is wisest of all.
An innocent tongue is a noble treasure, but the heart of the
ungodly is worth nothing.
The lips of the righteous feed a whole multitude, but fools
shall die in their own folly.
The blessing of the Lord, maketh rich men, as for careful
travail, it doth nothing thereto.
A fool doth wickedly make sport of it: nevertheless it is
wisdom for a man to beware of such.
The thing that the ungodly are afraid of, shall come upon
them, but the righteous shall have their desire.
The ungodly is like a tempest that passeth over, and is no
more seen, but the righteous remaineth sure forever.
As vinegar is to the teeth, and as smoke is to the eyes, even
so is the sluggish person to them that send him forth..
The fear of the Lord maketh a long life, but the years of the
ungodly shall be shortened.
The patient abiding of the righteous shall be turned to
gladness, but the hope of the ungodly shall perish.
The way of the Lord giveth a courage to the godly, but it is a
fear for the wicked doers.
The righteous shall never be overthrown, but the ungodly shall
not remain in the land.
The mouth of the just will be talking of wisdom, but the
tongue of the froward shall perish.
The lips of the righteous are occupied in acceptable things,
but the mouth of the ungodly taketh them to the worst.
A false balance is an
abomination to the Lord, but a true weight pleaseth him.
Where pride is, there is shame also and confusion: but where
as is lowliness, there is wisdom.
The innocent dealings of the just shall lead them, but the
unfaithfulness of the despisers shall be their own destruction.
Riches help not in the day of vengeance, but righteousness
delivereth from death.
The righteousness of the innocent ordereth his way, but the
ungodly shall fall by his own wickedness.
The righteousness of the just shall deliver them, but the
dispisers shall be taken in their own ungodliness.
When an ungodly man dieth, his hope is gone, the confidence of
riches shall perish.
The righteous shall be delivered out of trouble, and the
ungodly shall come in his stead.
Through the mouth of the disassembler is his neighbor
destroyed, but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
When it goeth well with the righteous, the city is merry: and
when the ungodly perish, there is gladness.
When the just are in wealth, the city prospereth: but when the
ungodly have the rule, it decayeth.
A fool bringeth up a sclander of his neighbor, but a wise man
will keep it secret.
A disassembling person will discover privy things, but he that
is of a faithful heart, will keep counsel.
Where no good counsel is there the people decay: but where as
many are that can give counsel, there is wealth.
He that is surety for a stranger, hurteth himself: but he that
meddleth not with suretyship, is sure.
A gracious woman maintaineth honesty, as for the mighty, they
He that hath a gentle liberal stomach is merciful: but who so
hurteth his neighbor, is a tyrant.
The labor of the ungodly prospereth not, but he that showeth
righteousness, shall receive a sure reward.
Like as righteousness bringeth forth life: even so to cleave
to evil bringeth death.
The Lord abhorreth a *fained heart, but he hath pleasure in
them that are undefiled.
It shall not help the wicked though they lay all their hands
together, but the seed of the righteous shall be preserved.
A fair woman without discreet manners, is like a ring of gold
in a swines snout.
The just labor for peace and tranquility, but the ungodly for
Some man giveth out his goods, and is richer, but the *nigard
( having enough) will depart from nothing, and is yet ever in
He that is liberal in giving, shall have plenty: and he that
watereth, shall be watered also himself.
Who so hordeth up his *corn, shall be cursed among the people:
but blessing shall light upon the head of him that selleth it.
He that laboreth for honesty findeth his desire: but who so
seeketh after mischief, it shall happen unto him.
He that trusteth in his riches shall fall, but the righteous
shall flourish as the green leaf.
Who so maketh disquietness in his own house, he shall have
wind for his heritage, and the fool shall be servant to the wise.
The fruit of the righteous is as the tree of life; a wise man
also winneth mens souls.
If the righteous be recompensed upon the earth, how much more
then the ungodly and the sinner?
*fained here is an obliged/imagined RN *nigard= cheap, miserly,
petty. *corn from the Hebrew is "increase" as of the spirit even
equity in our dealings with one another. RN
Whoso loveth wisdom, will be
content to be reformed: but he that hateth to be reproofed is a
A good man is acceptable unto the Lord: but the wicked will he
A man cannot endure in ungodliness, but the root of the
righteous shall not be moved.
A steadfast woman is a crown unto her husband: but she that
behaveth herself unhonestly is a corruption in his bones.
The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the imagination
of the ungodly are deceitful.
The talking of the ungodly is how they may lie wait for blood,
but the mouth of the righteous shall deliver them.
Or ever thou canst turn thee about, the ungodly shall be
overthrown: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
A man shall be commended for his wisdom, but a fool shall be
A simple man which laboreth and worketh, is better than one
that is gorgeous and wanteth bread.
A righteous man regardeth the life of his cattle, but the
ungodly have cruel hearts.
He that tilleth his land, shall have plenteous of bread: but
he that followeth idleness, is a very fool.
The desire of the ungodly hunteth after mischief, but the root
of the righteous bringeth forth fruit.
The wicked falleth into the snare thrown, the malice of his
own mouth, but the just shall escape out of peril.
Every man enjoyeth good according to the innocency of his
mouth, and after the works of his hands shall he be rewarded.
Look what a fool taketh in hand, he thinketh it well done: but
he that is wise, will be counseled.
A fool uttereth his wrath in all the hast, but a discreet man
A just man will tell the truth, and show the thing that is
right: but a false witness deceiveth.
A scanderlous person pricketh like a sword, but a wise mans
tongue is wholesome.
A true mouth is ever constant, but a disassembling tongue is
They that imagine evil in their mind, will deceive: but the
counselors of peace shall have joy following them.
There shall no misfortune happen to the just, but the ungodly
shall be filled with misery.
The Lord abhoreth deceitful lips, but they that labor for
truth please him.
He that hath understanding can hide his wisdom: but an
indiscreet heart telleth out his foolishness.
A diligent hand shall bear rule, but the idle shall be under
Heaviness discourageth the heart of man, but a good word
maketh it glad again.
The righteous is liberal unto his neighbor, but the way of the
ungodly decieveth themselves.
A deceitful man shall find no vantage, but he that is content
with that he hath is more worth than gold.
In the way of righteousness there is life, as for any other
way it is the path unto death.
A wise son will receive his
fathers warning, but he that is scornful, will not hear when he is
A good man shall enjoy the fruit of his mouth, but he that
hath a froward mind shall be spoiled.
He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his life: but who so
speaketh unadvised, findeth harm.
The sluggard would faine have, and cannot get his desire: but
the soul of the diligent shall have plenty. fained is an
obliged, or required/ willing
A righteous man abhoreth lies, but the ungodly shameth both
other and himself.
Righteousness keepeth the innocent in the way, but ungodliness
shall overthrow the sinner.
Some men are rich, though they have nothing: again some men
are poor having great riches.
With goods every man delivereth his life, and the poor will
not be reproved.
The light of the righteous maketh joyful, but the candle of
the ungodly shall be put out.
Among the proud there is ever strife, but among those that
doeth all things with advisement, there is wisdom.
Hastily gotten goods are soon spent, but they that be gathered
together with the hand, shall increase.
Long tarring for a thing that is deferred, grieveth the heart:
but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Whoso despiseth the word, destroyeth himself: but he that
feareth the commandment shall have peace.
The law is a well of life unto the wise, that it may keep him
from the snares of death.
Good understanding giveth favor, but hard is the way of the
A wise man doeth all things with discretion, but a fool will
declare his folly.
An ungodly messenger bringeth mischief, but a faithful
ambassador is wholesome.
He that thinketh scorn to be reformed, cometh to poverty and
shame: but who so receiveth correction, shall come to honor.
When a desire is brought to pass, it delighteth the soul: but
fools abhor him that eschueth evil.
He that goeth in the company of wise men, shall be wise: but
who so is a companion of fools shall be hurt.
Mischief followeth upon sinners, but the righteous shall have
a good reward.
Which their childrens children shall have in possession, for
the riches of the sinner is layed up for the just.
There is plenteousness of food is in the fields of the poor,
and shall be increased out of measure.
He that spareth his rod, hateth his son: but who so loveth
him, holdeth him ever in nurture.
The righteous eateth, and is satisfied, but the belly of the
ungodly hath never enough.
A wise woman upholdeth her
house, but a foolish wife plucketh it down.
Who so feareth the Lord, walketh in the right path: and
regardeth not him that abhorreth the ways of the Lord.
In the mouth of the foolish is the boasting of lordship, but
the lips of the wise will beware of such.
Where no oxen are, the crib is empty: but where the oxen labor
there is much fruit.
A faithful witness will not disassemble, but a false record
will make a lie.
A scornful body seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but
knowledge is easy to come by, unto him that will understand.
See that thou meddle not with a fool, and do as though thou
haddest no knowledge.
The wisdom of him that hath understanding is, to take heed
unto his way, but the foolishness of the unwise deceiveth.
Fools make but of sport of sin, but there is favorable love
among the righteous.
The heart of him that hath understanding will neither despair
for any sorrow, ner be too presumptuous for any sudden joy.
The houses of the ungodly shall be overthrown, but the
tabernacles of the righteous shall flourish.
There is a way which some men think to be right, but the end
thereof leadeth unto death.
The heart is sorrowful even in laughter, and the end of mirth
An unfaithful person shall be filled with his own ways, but a
good man will beware of such.
An ignorant body believeth all things, but who so hath
understanding, looketh well to his goings.
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil, but a fool goeth
An unpatient man dealeth foolishly, but he that is well
advised, doth other ways.
The ignorant have foolishness in possession, but the wise are
crowned with knowledge.
The evil shall bow themselves before the good, and the ungodly
shall wait at the doors of the righteous.
The poor is hated even of his own neighbors, but the rich hath
Who so despiseth his neighbor, doth amiss: but blessed is he
that hath pity of the poor.
They that imagine wickedness, shall be disappointed: but they
that muse upon good things, unto such shall happen mercy and
Diligent labor bringeth riches, but where many vain words
are, truly there is scarceness.
Riches are an ornament unto the wise, but the ignorance of
fools is very foolishness.
A faithful witness delivereth souls, but a liar deceiveth
The fear of the Lord is a stronghold, for unto his he will be
a sure defense.
The fear of the Lord is a well of life, to avoid the snares of
The increase and prosperity of the commons is the Kings honor,
but the decay of the people is the confusion of the Prince.
Patience is a token of wisdom, but wrath and hasty displeasure
is a token of foolishness.
A merry heart is the life of the body, but rancor consumeth
away the bones.
He that doeth a poor man wrong, blasphemeth his maker: but
who so hath pity of the poor, doth honor unto God.
The ungodly is afraid of every peril, but the righteous hath a
good hope even in death.
Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding,
and he will teach them that are unlearned.
Righteousness setteth up the people, but wickedness bringeth
folk to destruction.
A discreet servant is a pleasure unto the King, but one that
is not honest provoketh him unto wrath.
A soft answer putteth down
displeasure, but froward words provoke to anger.
A wise tongue commendeth knowledge, a foolish tongue babbleth
out nothing but foolishness.
The eyes of the Lord look on every place, both upon the good
and the bad.
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but he that abuseth it,
hath a broken mind.
A fool despiseth his fathers correction, but he that taketh
heed when he is reproved, shall have the more understanding.
In the house of the righteous are great riches, but in the
increase of the ungodly there is misorder.
A wise mouth poureth out knowledge, but the heart of the
foolish doeth not so.
The Lord abhorreth the sacrifice of the ungodly, but the
prayer of the righteous is acceptable to him.
The way of the ungodly is an abomination unto the Lord, but
who so followeth righteousness, him he loveth.
He that forsaketh the right street, shall be sore punished:
and who so hateth instruction shall fall to death.
The hell with her pain is known to the Lord, how much more
then the hearts of men?
A scornful body loveth not the one that rebuketh him, neither
will he come among the wise.
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance, but an unquiet
mind maketh it heavy.
A wise heart will seek after knowledge, but the mouth of fools
meddle with foolishness.
All the days of the poor are miserable, but a quiet heart is
as a continual feast.
Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great
treasure, for they are not without sorrow.
Better is a mess of potage with love, than a fat ox with evil
An angry man stirreth up strife, but he that is patient
The way of the slothful is full of thorns, but the street of
the righteous is well cleansed.
A wise son maketh a glad father, but an undiscreet body
shameth his mother.
A fool rejoiceth in foolish things, but a wise man looketh
well to his own goings.
Unadvised thoughts shall come to naught, but where as men are
that can give counsel, there is steadfastness.
O' how joyful a thing it is, a man to give a convenient
O' how pleasant is a word spoken in due season.
The way of life leadeth unto heaven, that a man should beware
of hell beneath.
The Lord will break down the house of the proud, but he shall
make fast the borders of wisdom.
The Lord abhorreth the imaginations of the wicked, but pure
words are pleasant to him.
The covetous man rooteth up his own house, but who so hateth
rewards, shall live.
A righteous man *museth in his mind how to do good, but the
mind of the ungodly imagineth, how he may do harm.
The Lord is far from the ungodly, but he heareth the prayer of
Like as the clearness of the eyes rejoiceth the heart, so doth
a good name feed the bones.
The ear that harkeneth unto wholesome warning, and enclineth
thereto, shall dwell among the wise.
He that refuseth to be reformed, despiseth his own soul: but
he that submitteth himself to correction, is wise.
*museth (amuses, thinks upon joyfully )