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The Proverbs of Solomon, son of David, King of Israel. For learning what wisdom and discipline are. For understanding insightful sayings. For receiving wise instruction in righteousness, justice and integrity. For teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced and knowledge and discretion to a young man.
A wise man will listen and increase his learning and a discerning man will obtain guidance to understand a proverb or a parable, and the words of the wise with their dark sayings.
The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Hear the instruction of your father my son, and do not forsake the law of your mother, for instruction and law shall be a garland of grace on your head and a necklace around your neck.
DON’T BE PERSUADED Proverbs 1:10-19
My son, if sinners entice you don’t be persuaded.
If they say, “Come with us and we’ll set an ambush and kill someone. Let us attack some innocent person just for fun! Let us swallow them up alive as the grave and whole, as those that go down into the pit.”
“We will find all kinds of valuable property, we shall fill our houses with plunder. Cast in your lot with us and let us have all things in common.”
Don’t travel that road with them my son, or set your foot on their path, for their feet run to evil and they hurry to commit murder.
While it is foolish to spread a net where any bird can see it, they set an ambush to kill themselves, they attack their own lives. So are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly. It takes the lives of those who receive it.
WISDOM CRIES OUT Proverbs 1:20-33
Wisdom cries out in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares. She cries out over all the commotion, she speaks at the entrance of the city gates. In the city she utters her words saying: “You simple ones, you fools, how long will you enjoy mocking and hate knowledge? If you respond to my warning I will pour out my Spirit unto you and teach you My words.
Since I called out and you refused, since I stretched out my hand and no man paid attention, since you neglected all my counsel and did not accept my correction, I in turn will laugh at your calamity. I will mock when terror strikes you, when your fear comes as desolation and your destruction comes as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish comes upon you.
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer. They shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of Jehovah. They would have none of my counsel and they despised all of my reproof. Therefore they shall eat of the fruit of their own way and be filled with their own devices. The turning away of the simple shall slay them and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
But whoever hearkens unto Me shall dwell safely and shall be free from fear of evil.”
RIGHTEOUSNESS, JUSTICE and EQUITY Proverbs 2:1-9
My son, if you will receive my words and hide my commandments within you, listening to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding; If you cry after insight and lift up your voice for understanding; If you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasures: Then you will understand the fear of Jehovah and discover the knowledge of God.
For Jehovah gives wisdom. From His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous. He is a shield to them who live with integrity, so He may guard the paths of justice and protect the way of His loyal followers.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, yes and every good path.
WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, DISCRETION AND UNDERSTANDING Proverbs 2:10-22
Wisdom will enter your mind and knowledge will delight your heart. Discretion will watch over you and understanding will guard you and deliver you, rescuing you from the way of the evil man, the man that speaks perverse things:
Who abandon the paths of uprightness to walk in ways of darkness, Who rejoice to do evil and celebrate perversion, Whose ways are crooked and whose paths are devious.
They will rescue you from a forbidden woman, from the stranger with flattering talk, That forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God. For her house inclines unto death and her paths unto the dead. None that go in unto her return again, neither do they reach the paths of life.
So follow the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright shall dwell in the land and those of integrity will remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the land and transgressors shall be uprooted from it.
LAW, MERCY AND TRUST Proverbs 3:1-10
Don’t forget My law, my son, but let your heart keep My commandments. They will add length of days, long life and peace to you.
Do not let mercy and truth forsake you. Bind them about your neck, write them upon the table of your heart and you will find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Trust in Jehovah with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
Don’t be wise in your own eyes. Fear Jehovah and depart from evil. It will be health to your navel and marrow to your bones.
Honor Jehovah with your substance and with the first fruits of all your increase: So shall your barns be filled with plenty and your presses shall burst out with new wine.
CHASTENING AND CORRECTION Proverbs 3:1-12
My son, despise not the chastening of Jehovah, neither be weary of His correction:
For whom Jehovah loves, He corrects, as a father does the son in whom he delights.
WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING Proverbs 3:13-35
Happy is the man that finds wisdom and acquires understanding, for they are more valuable than silver and their revenue is better than fine gold. They are more precious than jewels. Nothing you desire compares with them.
Long life is in their right hand and in their left hand are riches and honor. Their ways are pleasant and all of their paths are peaceful. They are a tree of life to those who embrace them and those that retain them are happy.
Jehovah founded the earth by wisdom and established the heavens by understanding. By His knowledge the watery depths are broken up and the clouds dripped with dew.
Do not let them depart from your eyes my son, maintain your competence with discretion. wisdom and understanding will be life for you and and an adornment for your neck.
Then shall you walk safely in your way and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid. You will lie down and your sleep shall be pleasant.
Do not fear sudden danger, or the ruin of the wicked when it comes, for Jehovah will be your confidence and will keep your foot from a snare.
When it is in your power, don’t withhold good from the one it belongs to. When your neighbor is there with you, don’t say: “Go away and come back later. I’ll give tomorrow” when it is there with you.
Do not plan any harm against your neighbor, for he lives by you and trusts you. Do not accuse anyone without cause, when he has done you no harm. Do not envy a violent man, or follow any of his ways, for the devious are detestable to Jehovah, but He is a friend to the upright.
Jehovah’s curse is in the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the righteous.
He mocks those who mock, but gives grace to the humble. The wise shall inherit honor, but He holds up fools to dishonor.
INSTRUCTION IS LIFE Proverbs 4:1-13
Listen to the instruction of a father, my sons, and pay attention so you may have understanding, for I am giving you good instruction. Do not abandon my teaching.
When I was my father’s son, tender and precious to my mother, he taught me and said “Let your heart retain my words, keep my instruction and live. Get wisdom and get understanding. Don’t forget, or turn away from the words of my mouth. Don’t abandon wisdom and she will preserve you. Embrace her and she will honor you.”
Wisdom is the principal thing, so get wisdom and whatever else you get, get understanding. Cherish them, and they will exalt you. They will bring you to honor when you embrace them. They will place an garland of grace on your head and give you a crown of glory.
Hear my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life will be many. I am teaching you in the way of wisdom. I am guiding you in the right paths. When you follow, your steps will not be hindered and when you run, you will not stumble.
Hold on to instruction, do not let go. Guard it, for it is your life.
STAY ON THE RIGHT PATH Proverbs 4:14-19
Do not set a foot on the path of the wicked, nor proceed in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not travel on it. Turn away from it and pass it by, for the wicked can not sleep unless they have done what is evil and they are robbed of sleep unless they cause some to fall. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
The path of the righteous is as the light of dawn that shines brighter and brighter until mid day, but the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom. They do not know that they stumble.
LIFE AND HEALTH Proverbs 4:20-27
Attend to My words, my son, listen closely to my sayings. Don’t lose sight of them. Keep them within your heart, for they are life to those that find them and health to one’s whole body.
Guard your heart above all else, for it is the source of life. Don’t let your mouth speak dishonestly and don’t let your lips talk deviously. Let your eyes look forward, fix your gaze straight ahead. Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established. Don’t turn to the right or to the left. Keep your foot away from evil.
FORBIDDEN WOMAN Proverbs 5:1-14
Pay attention to my wisdom son, and listen closely to my understanding, so you may maintain discretion and your lips safeguard knowledge.
The lips of a forbidden woman drip with honey and her words are smoother than oil, but in the end she is as bitter as wormwood and as sharp as a double-edged sword.
Her feet go down to ruin, her steps head straight for the grave. Her ways are unstable, she doesn’t consider the path of life.
So, listen to me my sons and don’t depart from the words of my mouth.
Stay far away from her and don’t go near the door of her house, otherwise you will give your honor to others and your years to the cruel one. Strangers will drain your resources and your earnings will end up in the house of another.
At the end of your life, when your flesh and body are consumed, you will mourn and say, “How I hated instruction and despised correction and did not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those that instructed me! I was evil in the sight of the entire community.”
STUPIDITY Proverbs 5:15-23
Drink water out of your own cistern, or water flowing from your own well.
Should your water flow in the streets? Your streams of water in the public squares? No, they should be yours alone and not to share with strangers.
Let your fountain be blessed and take pleasure in the wife of your youth. As the loving doe and a graceful fawn, let her breasts always satisfy you and be lost in her love forever.
Why would you be infatuated with a forbidden woman, and embrace the breast of a stranger?
The ways of man are before the eyes of Jehovah and He considers all his doings. A wicked man’s iniquities entrap him; he is entangled in the ropes of his own sin. He will die because of a lack of discipline and be lost because of his great stupidity.
DON’T PUT UP SECURITY Proverbs 6:1-5
If you have put up security for your neighbor, my son, or if you have entered into an agreement with a stranger, you have been trapped with your words, you have become ensnared by the words you have spoken.
Do this and deliver yourself, for you have put yourself under the power of your neighbor. Go, humble yourself and plead with your neighbor. Don’t sleep on it, or allow yourself to slumber, my son.
Escape like a deer from a hunter, or as a bird from a fowlers trap.
SLACKNESS BRINGS POVERTY Proverbs 6:6-11
Consider the ant you slacker, observe her ways and become wise.
Without having a leader, guide, administrator, or ruler it prepares its provisions in the summer and gathers its food during harvest.
How long will you stay in bed, you slacker? When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest and your poverty will come like a robber, your need like a bandit.
CALAMITY OF THE WICKED Proverbs 6:12-15
A wicked and worthless man goes around speaking dishonestly, winking with his eyes, signaling with his feet and gesturing with his fingers.
He devises evil continually in his perverse heart. He stirs up trouble.
Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly. He will be shattered instantly and beyond recovery.
HATED THINGS Proverbs 6:16-19
Jehovah hates these six things. In fact, seven are detestable to Him: An arrogant look A lying tongue Hands that shed innocent blood A heart that plots wicked schemes Feet that eagerly run to evil A lying witness that gives false testimony One that stirs up trouble among Brothers.
COMMANDMENT IS A LAMP, TEACHING A LIGHT Proverbs 6:20-29
Keep your father’s commandment my son and do not reject your mother’s teaching. Always bind them to your heart. Tie them around your neck.
When you walk here and there they will guide you. When you lie down they will watch over you. When you wake up they will talk to you, for a command is a lamp and teaching is a light and corrective discipline is the way to life.
They will keep you from an evil woman, from the flattering tongue of a forbidden woman.
Don’t lust after her beauty in your heart, nor let her captivate you with her eyelashes, for a prostitute’s fee is only a loaf of bread, but the adulteress goes after the precious soul.
Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals and his feet not be burned? So is he that goes into his neighbor’s wife. Whoever touches her shall not go unpunished.
COST OF THEFT Proverbs 6:30-31
People, don’t despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry but, if he is caught, he must pay seven times as much, even if he has to give all the wealth of his house.
PUNISHMENT OF AN ADULTERER Proverbs 6:30-35
One who commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding. Whoever does so destroys his own soul.
He will get a beating and dishonor, and his disgrace will never be removed, for jealousy enrages a husband. He will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will not be appeased by anything. He will not rest content, even if you give him lavish gifts.
THE WAY TO SHEOL Proverbs 7:1-27
Obey my words and treasure my commandments, My son. Keep my commandments, and live. Protect my teachings as the pupil of your eye. Bind them to your fingers, write them upon the tablet of your heart.
Say unto wisdom, “You are my sister” and call understanding your relative. They will keep you from a forbidden woman, from a stranger with her flattering talk.
I looked through the lattice of my window. I looked among the inexperienced and saw among the youth a young man lacking sense. Crossing the street near the forbidden woman’s corner he strolled down the road toward her house at twilight, in the evening, in the dark of the night.
A woman came to meet him dressed like a prostitute, having a hidden agenda. She is loud and rebellious, she does not stay at home. Now in the street, now in the markets, she lurks at every corner.
She grabs him and kisses him and brazenly says to him, “I’ve made fellowship offerings today, I’ve fulfilled my vows, so I came out to meet you, to search for you and I have found you. I have spread coverings on my bed, richly colored linen from Egypt. I’ve perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning, let’s feast on each others love. My husband isn’t home, he went on a long journey. He took a money with him and will come home at the time of the full moon.”
She seduces him with her persistent pleading, she lures him with her flattering talk.
He follows her impulsively like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer bounding toward a trap until an arrow pierces its liver. Like a bird darting into a snare, he doesn’t know that it will cost him his life.
Now my sons, listen to me and pay attention to the words of my mouth. Don’t let your heart turn aside to her ways, don’t stray onto her paths, for she has brought many down to death, her victims are countless. Her house is the way to sheol, descending to the chambers of death.
WISDOM IS BETTER THAN JEWELS Proverbs 8:1-11
Doesn’t wisdom call out? Doesn’t understanding make her voice heard?
They take their stand. They cry out at the entry of the city, at the main entrance they call out:
“My cry is to all mankind, people. You who are inexperienced learn to be shrewd, you who are foolish develop common sense. Listen, for I will speak of noble things and what my lips say is right, for my mouth speaks the truth and wickedness is detestable to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are righteous, there is nothing deceptive or perverse. They are all clear to the perceptive, right to those that discover knowledge.
Receive my instruction rather than silver and knowledge rather than pure gold for wisdom is better than jewels and nothing can compare to it.”
INHERITANCE FROM WISDOM Proverbs 8:12-21
I wisdom dwell with prudence and have knowledge and discretion. To fear Jehovah is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, evil conduct and perverse speech.
My council is competent out of sound wisdom. I have understanding and strength. By me kings reign and rulers make just laws. By me princes rule, as do nobles and all judges. I love those that love me and they that search for me find me.
Riches and honor are with me, along with lasting wealth and righteousness. My fruit is better than solid gold, my harvest better than pure silver.
I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, giving wealth as an inheritance to those who love me and filling their treasuries.
THEY THAT HATE WISDOM LOVE DEATH Proverbs 8:22-36
Jehovah possessed me (Wisdom) at the beginning of His creation, before His works of old.
I was formed before ancient times, from the beginning, before the earth began. I was born when there were no watery depths and no springs filled with water. I was delivered before the mountains and hills were established, before He made the land, the fields, or the first soil on the earth.
I was there: When He established the heavens, When he set the horizon on the surface of the ocean, When He placed the sky above, When the fountains of the deep gushed out. When He set a limit for the sea, so the waters shouldn’t go beyond His command, When He laid out the foundations of the earth.
Then I was a skilled craftsman beside Him and I was His delight daily, always rejoicing before Him. Rejoicing in His inhabitable world, delighting in the human race.
Therefore listen to me, my sons, those that keep my ways are happy. Listen to instruction and be wise and don’t ignore it.
Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors, for whoever finds me finds life and shall obtain favor of Jehovah, but he that sins against me wrongs his own soul. All those who hate me love death.
PURSUE UNDERSTANDING Proverbs 9:1-6
Wisdom has built her house, she has carved out her seven pillars. She has prepared her meat, she has mixed her wine, she has also set her table.
She has sent forth her female servants, she calls out from the highest points of the city: “Whoever is immature enter here.” To the one that lacks understanding she says, “Come, eat my bread and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave immaturity behind and you will live. Pursue the way of understanding.”
DON’T CAST YOUR PEARL BEFORE SWINE Proverbs 9:7-9
He that reproves a scorner gets to himself shame and he that rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blot. Don’t Reprove a scorner for he will hate you. Rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man and he will be wiser still. Teach a righteous man and he will increase in learning.
BEGINNING OF WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING Proverbs 9:10-12
The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding, for by wisdom your days will be many and years will be added to your life.
If you are wise you shall be wise for to your own benefit, but if you mock, you alone shall bear the consequences.
FOOLISH WOMAN Proverbs 9:13-18
A foolish woman is rowdy, she is gullible and knows nothing. She sits by the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city calling to those who pass by, who go straight ahead on their paths: “Whoever is inexperienced, enter here.” To the one who lacks sense she says, “Stolen waters are sweet and bread eaten in secret is tasty.”
But he doesn’t know that the dead are there and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
A wise son makes his father glad, but a foolish son is heartache to his mother.
Ill gotten gains do not profit anyone, but righteousness rescues from death.
Jehovah will not let the righteous soul famish, but He denies what the wicked crave.
Idle hands makes one poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
He that gathers during summer is a wise son, but he that sleeps during harvest is a son that causes shame.
Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.
The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.
The wise take commandments to heart, but foolish lips will be destroyed.
He that walks uprightly walks surely, but he that perverts his ways shall be known.
He that winks with the eye causes sorrow, but a prating fool shall fall.
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.
In the lips of him that has understanding wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.
Wise men lay up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
The rich man’s wealth is his strong city. The destruction of the poor is their poverty.
The labor of the righteous tends to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
He that keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he that refuses reproof errs.
He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.
In the multitude of words there lacks not sin, but he that refrains his lips is wise.
The tongue of the just is as choice silver. The heart of the wicked is worth little.
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The blessing of Jehovah makes rich and He adds no sorrow with it.
It is as sport to a fool to do mischief, but a man of understanding has wisdom.
The fear of the wicked shall come upon him, but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
As the whirlwind passes, so is the wicked no more: But the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
As vinegar to the teeth and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.
The fear of Jehovah prolongs days, but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
The hope of the righteous shall be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
The way of Jehovah is strength to the upright, but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
The righteous shall never be removed, but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom, but the froward tongue shall be cut out.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked speaks forwardness.
Dishonest scales are an abomination to Jehovah, but an accurate weight is His delight.
When pride comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom.
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the perversity of the treacherous destroys them.
Wealth is not profitable on the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
The righteousness of the blameless shall direct his way, but the wicked person shall fall because of his wickedness.
The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them, but transgressors are trapped by their own desires.
When a wicked man dies, his expectation comes to nothing. Hope placed in wealth vanishes.
The righteous one is rescued from trouble: In his place the wicked goes in.
With his mouth the ungodly destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous are delivered.
When it goes well with the righteous the city rejoices and when the wicked perish there is shouting.
By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
He that is void of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace.
A talebearer reveals secrets, but he that is of a faithful spirit conceals the matter.
Where no counsel is the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
He that puts up security for a stranger will suffer for it, but the one that refuses such agreements is protected.
A gracious woman gains honor and the strong accumulates reward.
The merciful man does good to his own soul, but he that is cruel troubles his own flesh.
The wicked work a deceitful work, but a sure reward will be to him that sows righteousness.
As righteousness tends to life, so he that pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
Those with twisted minds are detestable to Jehovah, but those with blameless conduct are His delight.
The wicked shall not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will escape.
As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
The desire of the righteous is only good, but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.
There is that scatters and yet increases and there is that withholds more than is meet, but it tends to poverty.
The liberal soul shall be made fat and he that waters shall be watered also himself.
He that withholds corn, the people shall curse him, but blessing shall be upon the head of him that sells it.
He that diligently seeks good procures favor, but he that seeks mischief, it shall come unto him.
He that trusts in his riches shall fall, but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
He that troubles his own house shall inherit the wind and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life and he that wins souls is wise.
Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth, much more the wicked and the sinner.
Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he that hates correction is stupid.
A good man obtains favor of Jehovah, but He will condemn a man of wicked devices.
A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband, but a wife that causes shame is as rottenness in his bones.
The thoughts of the righteous are just, but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
The wicked are overthrown and are not, but the house of the righteous shall stand.
A man shall be commended according to his wisdom, but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
He that is despised and has a servant is better than he that honors himself and lacks bread.
A righteous man regards the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he that follows vain persons lacks understanding.
The wicked desires what evil men have, but the root of the righteous yields fruit.
The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips, but the just shall come out of trouble.
A man shall be satisfied with good by the words of his mouth and the work of a man’s hands will reward him.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he that listens to counsel is wise.
A fool’s wrath is presently known, but a prudent man covers shame.
Whoever speaks the truth declares what is right, but a false witness, deceit.
There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword, but the tongue of the wise brings health.
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Deceit is in the heart of those that plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.
No disaster overcomes the righteous, but the wicked are full of misery.
Lying lips are abomination to Jehovah, but they that deal truly are his delight.
A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule, but the slothful shall be under tribute.
Heaviness in the heart of man makes it stoop, but a good word makes it glad.
The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor, but the way of the wicked seduces them.
The slothful man doesn’t roast what he took in hunting, but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
In the way of righteousness is life and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scorner doesn’t hear rebuke.
A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth, but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.
He that keeps his mouth keeps his life, but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
The soul of the sluggard desires, and has nothing, but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
A righteous man hates lying, but a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.
Righteousness keeps him that is upright in the way, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing, another pretends to be poor, but has great riches.
Riches are a ransom of a man’s life, but a poor man hears no threat.
The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
Arrogance leads to nothing but strife, but wisdom is gained by those who take advice.
Wealth obtained by fraud shall be diminished, but that earned by labor shall increase.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but fulfilled desire is a tree of life.
Whoever despises the Word shall be destroyed, but he that fears the commandment shall be rewarded.
A wise man’s instruction is a fountain of life, turning people from the snares of death.
Good sense wins favor, but the way of transgressors is hard.
Every sensible person acts knowledgeably, but a fool displays his stupidity.
A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a trustworthy ambassador is health.
Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuses instruction, but he that regards reproof shall be honored.
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, but it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.
He that walks with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Evil pursues sinners, but to the righteous good shall be repaid.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
The uncultivated field of the poor yields abundant food, but without justice, it is swept away.
He that spares his rod hates his son, but he that loves him disciplines him diligently.
The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the belly of the wicked shall want.
Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one plucks it down with her hands.
He that walks in his uprightness fears Jehovah, but he that is perverse in his ways despises Him.
In the proud speech of a fool brings a rod of discipline, but the lips of the wise protect them.
Where there are no oxen the crib is clean, but there is much increase is by the strength of the ox.
A faithful witness will not lie, but a false witness will utter lies.
A scorner seeks wisdom and doesn’t find it, but knowledge is easy to him that understands.
Remove yourself from the presence of a foolish man when you perceive he doesn’t have lips of knowledge.
The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the stupidity of fools deceives them.
Fools mock at trespass offerings, but there is favor toward the righteous.
The heart knows its own bitterness and an outsider shares in its joy.
The house of the wicked shall be overthrown, but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Even in laughter a heart may be sad and joy may end in grief.
The disloyal one will get what his conduct deserves and a good man shall be satisfied from his fruits.
The simple believes every word: but the prudent man watches his steps.
A wise man is cautious and turns from evil, but the fool is easily angered and is careless.
A quick tempered man acts foolishly and a man who schemes is hated.
The inexperienced inherit foolishness, but the sensible are crowned with knowledge.
The evil bow before those who are good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
The poor man is hated even by his neighbor, but the rich have many friends.
Don’t those who plan evil go astray? But those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.
There is profit in all hard work, but endless talk leads only to poverty.
The crown of the wise is their wealth, but the foolishness of fools is folly.
A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful witness speaks lies.
In the fear of Jehovah is strong confidence and his children shall have a place of refuge.
The fear of Jehovah is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
A multitude of subjects is the king’s splendor, but a shortage of people is a ruler’s devastation.
He that is slow to anger is of great understanding, but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.
A tranquil heart is the life to the body, but jealousy is rottenness to the bones.
He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, but the one that who is kind to him honors God.
The wicked one is thrown down by his own sin, but the righteous have hope in death.
Wisdom rests in the heart of him that has understanding, but that which is in the fool is made known.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, but his wrath is against him that causes shame.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. Daily Inspirations @ S-S.org 10/1
The tongue of the wise uses knowledge properly, but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.
The eyes of Jehovah are in every place beholding the evil and the good.
A tongue that heals is a tree of life, but a devious tongue breaks the spirit.
A fool despises his father’s discipline, but a person that accepts correction is prudent.
The house of the righteous has great wealth, but trouble accompanies the income of the wicked.
The lips of the wise broadcast knowledge, but it is not so with the heart of fools.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Jehovah, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.
The way of the wicked is an abomination unto Jehovah, but He loves those that follow after righteousness.
Correction is harsh for the one that leaves the way, and he that hates correction will die.
Hell and destruction lie open before Jehovah, how much more human hearts?
A scorner doesn’t love the one that reproves him and won’t consult the wise.
A joyful heart makes a cheerful countenance, but a sad heart damages the soul.
A discerning mind seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feed on foolishness.
All the days of the oppressed are miserable, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Better a little with the fear of Jehovah than great treasure with turmoil.
A meal of herbs where there is love is better than a flattened ox and hatred.
A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.
The way of the slothful man is as a hedge of thorns, but the way of the righteous is made plain.
A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.
Foolishness is joy to him that has no wisdom, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.
Without counsel purposes are disappointed, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
A man takes joy in giving an answer and a timely word, how good it is.
For the discerning, the path of life leads upward so he may avoid going down to the grave.
Jehovah will destroy the house of the proud, but He will establish the border of the widow.
The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to Jehovah, but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
He that is greedy of gain troubles his own house, but he that hates gifts shall live.
The mind of the righteous thinks before answering, but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things.
Jehovah is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.
Bright eyes cheer the heart and good news strengthens the bones.
One that listens to reproof in life abides among the wise.
He that refuses instruction despises his own soul, but he that hears reproof gets understanding.
The fear of Jehovah is what wisdom teaches and humility comes before honor.
The reflections of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from Jehovah.
All the ways of a man seem right to him, but Jehovah evaluates the motives.
Commit your activities unto Jehovah and your plans will be achieved.
Jehovah has made all things for himself, yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Every one that is proud of heart is detestable to Jehovah. Be assured, he shall not go unpunished.
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged and by the fear of Jehovah men depart from evil.
When a man’s ways pleases Jehovah, He makes even his enemies be at peace with him.
Better is a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.
A man’s heart devises his way, but Jehovah directs his steps.
God’s verdict is on the lips of the king, his mouth should not give an unfair judgment.
Honest balances and scales are Jehovah’s, all the weights in the bag are His concern.
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness, for the throne is established by righteousness.
Righteous lips are the delight of kings and they love him that speaks honesty.
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death, but a wise man will pacify it.
In the light of the king’s countenance is life and his favor is as a cloud of the latter rain.
Get wisdom, for it is better than gold and get understanding, because it is preferable to silver!
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil. He that keeps his way preserves his soul.
Pride goes before destruction and an haughty spirit before a fall.
It is better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.
He that handles a matter wisely shall find good and whoever trusts in Jehovah is happy.
One with a wise in heart is called discerning and pleasant speech increases learning.
Understanding is a fountain of life to the one that has it, but the discipline of fools is folly.
A wise heart instructs its mouth and increases learning with its speech.
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
A worker’s appetite works for him, because his hunger urges him on.
An ungodly man digs up evil and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
A contrary man sows conflict and a gossip separates close friends.
A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him into the way that is not good. Proverbs 16:30
The one that narrows his eyes is planning deceptions The one who compresses his lips brings about evil.
Gray hair is a crown of glory. It is found in the way of righteousness.
He that is slow to anger is better than the powerful and he that controls his temper, better than one that captures a city.
The lot is cast into the lap; but its every decision is of Jehovah.
Better is a dry crust with peace than an house full of feasting with strife.
A wise servant shall have rule over a disgraceful son and have part of the inheritance along with the children.
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold: but Jehovah tries the hearts.
A wicked person listens to false words and a liar gives ear to a naughty tongue.
Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker and he that rejoices over calamities shall not go unpunished.
Children’s children are the crown of old men and the glory of children are their fathers.
Excellent speech doesn’t become a fool, nor lying lips a prince.
A gift is like a precious stone to its owner: wherever he turns, he prospers.
Whoever conceals an offense promotes promotes love, but whoever gossips about it separates friends.
A rebuke gets the attention of a wise man more than an hundred stripes does a fool.
An evil man seeks only rebellion; a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
Its better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her cubs, than a fool in his folly.
Evil shall not depart from the house of him that rewards evil for good.
To start a conflict is to release a flood. Stop contention before it breaks out.
Both justifying the wicked and condemning the just are an abomination to Jehovah.
What good does the price of wisdom in the hands of a fool? He has no sense.
A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.
One without sense enters an agreement and puts up security for his friend.
He that loves to offend loves to quarrel and he that exalts his gate seeks destruction.
He that has a perverse heart finds no good and he that has a perverse tongue falls into mischief.
He that begets a fool does it to his sorrow. The father of a fool has no joy. Proverbs 17:22
A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
A wicked man secretly takes a gift to pervert the ways of judgment.
Wisdom is before him that has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her that bare him.
It is not good to punish an innocent person, or to beat a noble for his honesty.
An intelligent person restrains his words and a man who keeps a cool head is a man of understanding.
Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace and he that keeps his mouth shut is esteemed a man of understanding.
One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires. He rebels against all sound judgment.
A fool has no delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions.
When a wicked man comes, contempt follows, along with dishonor and disgrace.
The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.
It is not good to show partiality to the guilty by perverting the justice due the innocent.
A fool’s lips lead to contention, and his mouth calls for blows.
A fool’s mouth is his destruction and his lips are the snare of his soul.
The words of a gossip are like choice food that goes down into one’s innermost being.
He that is lazy in his work is brother brother to the destroyer.
The name of Jehovah is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are safe.
The rich man’s wealth is his fortified city, and like a high wall in his imagination.
Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.
It’s foolishness and disgrace for a man to give an answer before he listens.
The man’s spirit can endure sickness, but who can survive a broken spirit?
The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge and the ear of the wise seeks it.
A gift opens doors for a man and brings him before the great.
The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.
(Casting of) the lot ends quarrels and separates the mighty.
An offended brother is harder to reach than a strong city and their quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.
A man’s stomach is satisfied with the fruit of his mouth. He is filled with the product of his lips. Proverbs 18:21
Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it will eat its fruit.
A man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from Jehovah.
The poor man pleads, but the rich one answers roughly.
A man with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Better a poor man who lives with integrity than he that has deceitful lips and is a fool.
Zeal without knowledge it is not good and one who acts hastily sins.
A man’s own foolishness leads him astray, yet his heart rages against Jehovah.
Wealth attracts many friends, but a poor man is separated from his neighbor.
A false witness shall not be unpunished and he that speaks lies shall not escape.
Many seek a ruler’s favor and everyone is a friend to one that gives gifts.
All the brothers of a poor hate him; how much more do his friends keep their distance from him? He may pursue them with words, but they are not there.
He that acquires wisdom loves himself and he that safeguards understanding shall find success.
A false witness will not go unpunished and one that utters lies perishes.
Luxury is not fitting for a fool, how much less for a slave to rule over princes.
A mans discretion gives him patience and his virtue is to overlook an offense.
The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as dew upon the grass.
A foolish son is the calamity of his father and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
House and riches are the inheritance of fathers and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
Laziness induces a deep sleep and a lazy person will go hungry.
He that keeps the commandment keeps his own soul; but he that disregards his ways shall die.
He that shows kindness to the poor lends unto Jehovah and He will give a reward to the lender.
Discipline your son while there is hope and don’t spare him for his crying.
A man of great anger will suffer punishment. If you rescue him, you’ll have to do it again.
Hear counsel and receive instruction, so you may be wise later in life.
There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the counsel of Jehovah will stand.
What is desirable in a man is fidelity. It is better to be a poor man than a liar.
The fear of Jehovah leads to life. One will sleep at night without danger.
A lazy man hides his hand in his bosom and will not even bring it to his mouth again.
Strike a scorner and the inexperienced will learn a lesson. Rebuke the discerning and he gains knowledge.
He that robs his father and chases away his mother, is a son that causes shame, and brings reproach.
If you stop listening to correction my son, you will stray from the words of knowledge.
An ungodly witness mocks justice and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity.
Judgments are prepared for scorners and beatings for the backs of fools.
Wine is a mocker and strong liquor is raging. Whoever is deceived by them is not wise.
A king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion. Anyone who provokes him endangers himself.
It is an honor for a man to resolve a dispute, but every fool can get himself into a quarrel.
The lazy man will not plow because of the cold. At harvest time he looks and there is nothing, so he must beg.
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Most men will proclaim his own goodness, but who can find a trustworthy man?
The just man walks in his integrity. His children are blessed after him.
A king sitting in a throne to judge sifts out all evil with his eyes.
Who can say, “I have made my heart pure, I am cleansed from my sin?”
Differing weights and varying measures are both detestable to Jehovah.
Even a young man is known by his actions, if his behavior is pure and upright.
The hearing ear and the seeing eye: Jehovah has made them both.
Don’t love sleep, or you will become poor. Open your eyes and you will have enough to eat.
It’s worthless, it’s worthless, says the buyer, but after he is on his way, he gloats.
There is gold, and a multitude of jewels, but knowledgeable lips are a precious treasure.
Proverbs 20:16 Take his garment, for he has put up security for a stranger. Get collateral if it is for foreigners.
Food gained by fraud is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth shall be full of gravel.
Every plan is finalized by counsel. Wage war with sound guidance.
A constant gossip reveals secrets, so avoid him that flatters with his mouth.
Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in deep darkness.
An inheritance gained hastily will not be blessed ultimately.
Don’t say, “I will avenge this evil!” Wait on Jehovah and He will rescue you.
Differing weights are detestable to Jehovah and dishonest scales are not good.
A man’s steps are determined by Jehovah, how can he understand his own way?
It is a trap for anyone to dedicate something rashly and to later reconsider his vows.
A wise king separates out the wicked, and drives the threshing wheel over them.
Jehovah’s light illuminates a person’s life, searching the innermost parts.
Mercy and truth delivers a King and His throne is maintained by loyalty.
The glory of young men is their strength and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
Stripes and wounds purge away evil and beatings cleanses the innermost parts.
A king’s heart is like streams of water in the hands of Jehovah, He directs it as He wills.
A mans way seems right to him, but Jehovah evaluates the motives.
Doing what is righteous and just is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice.
The lamp that guides the wicked, haughty eyes and an arrogant heart is sin.
The plans of the diligent lead to profit, but every one that is reckless becomes poor.
Making a fortune by lying is a vanishing mist, a pursuit of death.
The violence of the wicked shall destroy them, because they refuse to do do what is right.
A guilty man’s conduct is crooked, but the behavior of the innocent is upright.
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
The soul of the wicked desires evil. His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
The righteous man considers the house of the wicked, how God overthrows it the for their wickedness.
Whoever doesn’t listen to the cry of the poor will cry himself and not be heard.
A secret gift pacifies anger and a covert bribe, fierce rage.
Justice executed is a joy to the righteous, but a terror to those who practice iniquity.
The man that wanders from the way of wisdom will come to rest in the assembly of the dead.
He that loves pleasure shall be a poor man and he that loves wine and oil shall not be rich.
The wicked are a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
It is better to dwell in the wilderness than with a nagging and hot tempered wife.
Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man consumes them.
He that follows after righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness and honor.
A wise man scales the city of warriors and defeats its strength and security.
He who controls his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
The proud and arrogant person who acts with excessive pride is named “Mocker.”
The slackers craving kills him because his hands refuse to work. He is filled with craving all the day long, but the righteous gives and doesn’t hold back.
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable, how much more, when he brings it with ulterior motives?
A lying witness will perish, but the man that obeys will speak successfully.
A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright considers his way.
When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you and put a knife to your throat if you have a big appetite.
Don’t desire his choice food, for that food is deceptive.
Don’t wear yourself out to get rich and stop giving your attention to it.
As soon as you set your eyes on it, it disappears; for it makes wings for itself and flies like an eagle to the sky.
Don’t eat a stingy person’s bread and don’t desire his choice food, for it’s like someone calculating inwardly. “Eat and drink” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
The morsel that you eat you will vomit up and your compliments will be wasted.
Don’t speak to a fool, for he will despise your words of wisdom.
Don’t remove the old landmarks, or enter into the fields of the fatherless, for their Redeemer is mighty and he will take up their cause with you.
Discipline yourself and listen to words of knowledge.
Don’t withhold discipline from a child, for if you beat him with the rod he will not die. Strike him with the rod and you will deliver his soul from death.
My son, if your heart is wise my heart shall rejoice. Yes, my innermost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
Don’t let your heart envy sinners, but instead always fear Jehovah. You will be rewarded for this and your hope will not be disappointed.
Listen my son and be wise and keep your mind on the right course.
Don’t be with those who drink too much wine, or who gorge themselves on meat. For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty and grogginess will clothe them with rags.
Listen to your father that gave you life and don’t disrespect your mother in her old age.
Buy and do not sell truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding.
The father of the righteous son will rejoice greatly and the one that fathers a wise son will have delight in him.
Let your father and your mother have joy and let her that gave birth to you rejoice.
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways, for a whore is a deep ditch, a strange woman is a narrow pit.
She sets an ambush like a robber and and adds to those among men who are unfaithful.
Who has sorrow and woe? Who has conflicts? Who has complaints? Who has wounds for no reason? Who has red eyes?
Those who linger over wine, those that seek mixed drink.
Don’t gaze at wine when it is red, when it gleams in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder.
Your eyes will look at strange women and your heart will utter perverse things. When you lay down it will feel as you were in the midst of the sea, or upon the top of a mast.
You will say “They hit me and I didn’t feel it. I didn’t even know it when they beat me up.
When I wake up I’ll look for another drink.
Don’t envy evil men, or desire to be with them, for their hearts plan violence and their words stir up trouble. Daily Inspirations @ S-S.org 2/12
Last updated 9/22/17