1 When thou sittest
to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches
certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward
6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither
desire thou his dainty meats:
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink,
saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and
lose thy sweet words.
9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom
of thy words.
10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields
of the fatherless:
11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause
12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the
words of knowledge.
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest
him with the rod, he shall not die.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul
15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even
16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear
of the LORD all the day long.
18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not
be cut off.
19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in
20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and
drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not
thy mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction,
24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he
that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare
thee shall rejoice.
26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my
27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow
28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the
transgressors among men.
29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who
hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness
30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed
31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth
his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an
33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall
utter perverse things.
34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of
the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick;
they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake?
I will seek it yet again.
1 Be not thou envious
against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk
3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it
4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious
and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude
of counsellers there is safety.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in
8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous
9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination
10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death,
and those that are ready to be slain;
12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that
pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul,
doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according
to his works?
13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb,
which is sweet to thy taste:
14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou
hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation
shall not be cut off.
15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous;
spoil not his resting place:
16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:
but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
17 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart
be glad when he stumbleth:
18 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away
his wrath from him.
19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious
at the wicked;
20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle
of the wicked shall be put out.
21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with
them that are given to change:
22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the
ruin of them both?
23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have
respect of persons in judgment.
24 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall
the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good
blessing shall come upon them.
26 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.
27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in
the field; and afterwards build thine house.
28 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and
deceive not with thy lips.
29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will
render to the man according to his work.
30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard
of the man void of understanding;
31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had
covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken
32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of
the hands to sleep:
34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy
want as an armed man.
1 These are also
proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour
of kings is to search out a matter.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart
of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come
forth a vessel for the finer.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne
shall be established in righteousness.
6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand
not in the place of great men:
7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither;
than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the
prince whom thine eyes have seen.
8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to
do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover
not a secret to another:
10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy
turn not away.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is
a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful
messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul
of his masters.
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and
wind without rain.
15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue
breaketh the bone.
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee,
lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be
weary of thee, and so hate thee.
18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is
a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like
a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as
vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy
21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he
be thirsty, give him water to drink:
22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the
LORD shall reward thee.
23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance
a backbiting tongue.
24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than
with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a
26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled
fountain, and a corrupt spring.
27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their
own glory is not glory.
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that
is broken down, and without walls.