1The Proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father; but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
2Treasures of wickedness profit nothing; but righteousness delivereth from death. 3Jehovah suffereth not the soul of the righteous man to famish; but he repelleth the craving of the wicked.
4He cometh to want that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
5He that gathereth in summer is a wise son; he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
6Blessings are upon the head of a righteous man; but the mouth of the wicked covereth violence.
7The memory of the righteous man shall be blessed; but the name of the wicked shall rot.
8The wise in heart receiveth commandments; but a prating fool shall fall.
9He that walketh in integrity walketh securely; but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
10He that winketh with the eye causeth grief, and a prating fool shall fall.
11The mouth of a righteous man is a fountain of life; but the mouth of the wicked covereth violence.
12Hatred stirreth up strifes; but love covereth all transgressions.
13In the lips of an intelligent man wisdom is found; but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
14The wise lay up knowledge; but the mouth of the fool is near destruction.
15The rich man's wealth is his strong city; the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
16The labour of a righteous man tendeth to life; the revenue of a wicked man, to sin.
17Keeping instruction is the path to life; but he that forsaketh reproof goeth astray.
18He that covereth hatred hath lying lips, and he that sendeth forth a slander is a fool.
19In the multitude of words there wanteth not transgression; but he that restraineth his lips doeth wisely.
20The tongue of the righteous man is as choice silver; the heart of the wicked is little worth. 21The lips of a righteous man feed many; but fools die for want of understanding.
22The blessing of Jehovah, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow to it.
23It is as sport to a foolish man to do wickedness; but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
24The fear of a wicked man, it shall come upon him; but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. 25As a whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more; but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
26As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
27The fear of Jehovah prolongeth days; but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. 28The hope of the righteous is joy; but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
29The way of Jehovah is strength to the perfect man, but destruction to the workers of iniquity. 30The righteous man shall never be moved; but the wicked shall not inhabit the land.
31The mouth of a righteous man putteth forth wisdom; but the froward tongue shall be cut out. 32The lips of a righteous man know what is acceptable; but the mouth of the wicked is frowardness.