Introduction to the Book 1 The Proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:2 To learn wisdom and moral instruction,and to discern wise counsel.3 To receive moral instruction in skilful living,in righteousness, justice, and equity.4 To impart shrewdness to the morally naive,and a discerning plan to the young person.5 (Let the wise also hear […]
The subject of this book may be thus stated by an enlargement on the opening verses.
1. The Proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel.
2. Which treat of the knowledge of wisdom, of piety towards God, of instruction and moral discipline, of the understanding wise and prudent counsels.
3. Which treat of the attainment of instruction in wisdom, which wisdom is to be shown in the conduct of life, and consists in righteousness with regard to our fellow-creatures.
4. Which treat of the giving to the simple sagacity to discover what is right, by supplying them with just principles, and correct views of virtue and vice; and to the young man knowledge, so that he need not err through ignorance; and discretion, so that by pondering well these precepts, he may not err through obstinacy.
Take the proverbs of other nations, and we shall find great numbers founded upon selfishness, cunning, pride, injustice, national contempt, and animosities. The principles of the Proverbs of Solomon are piety, charity, justice, benevolence, and true prudence. Their universal purity proves that they are the word of God.
Benefits of Seeking Wisdom 1 My child, if you receive my words,and store up my commands within you,2 by making your ear attentive to wisdom,and by turning your heart to understanding,3 indeed, if you call out for discernment –raise your voice for understanding –4 if you seek it like silver,and search for it like hidden […]
Exhortations to Seek Wisdom and Walk with the Lord 1 My child, do not forget my teaching,but let your heart keep my commandments,2 for they will provide a long and full life,and they will add well-being to you.3 Do not let truth and mercy leave you;bind them around your neck,write them on the tablet of […]
Admonition to Follow Righteousness and Avoid Wickedness 1 Listen, children, to a father’s instruction,and pay attention so that you may gain discernment.2 Because I give you good instruction,do not forsake my teaching.3 When I was a son to my father,a tender only child before my mother,4 he taught me, and he said to me:“Let your […]
Admonition to Avoid Seduction to Evil 1 My child, be attentive to my wisdom,pay close attention to my understanding,2 in order to safeguard discretion,and that your lips may guard knowledge.3 For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey,and her seductive words are smoother than olive oil,4 but in the end she is bitter as […]
Admonitions and Warnings against Dangerous and Destructive Acts 1 My child, if you have made a pledge for your neighbour,and have become a guarantor for a stranger,2 if you have been ensnared by the words you have uttered,and have been caught by the words you have spoken,3 then, my child, do this in order to […]
Admonition to Avoid the Wiles of the Adulteress 1 My child, keep my wordsand treasure up my commands in your own keeping.2 Keep my commands so that you may live,and obey my instruction as your most prized possession.3 Bind them on your forearm;write them on the tablet of your heart.4 Say to wisdom, “You are […]
The Appeal of Wisdom 1 Does not wisdom call out?Does not understanding raise her voice?2 At the top of the elevated places along the way,at the intersection of the paths she takes her stand;3 beside the gates opening into the city,at the entrance of the doorways she cries out:4 “To you, O people, I call […]
The Consequences of Accepting Wisdom or Folly 1 Wisdom has built her house;she has carved out its seven pillars.2 She has prepared her meat, she has mixed her wine;she also has arranged her table.3 She has sent out her female servants;she calls out on the highest places of the city.4 “Whoever is naive, let him […]
The First Collection of Solomonic Proverbs 1 The Proverbs of Solomon:A wise child makes a father rejoice,but a foolish child is a grief to his mother.2 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,but righteousness delivers from mortal danger.3 The Lord satisfies the appetite of the righteous,but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.4 The one […]
1 The Lord abhors dishonest scales,but an accurate weight is his delight.2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,but with humility comes wisdom.3 The integrity of the upright guides them,but the crookedness of the unfaithful destroys them.4 Wealth does not profit in the day of wrath,but righteousness delivers from mortal danger.5 The righteousness of the blameless […]
1 The one who loves discipline loves knowledge,but the one who hates reproof is stupid.2 A good person obtains favour from the Lord,but the Lord condemns a person with wicked schemes.3 No one can be established through wickedness,but a righteous root cannot be moved.4 A noble wife is the crown of her husband,but the wife […]
1 A wise son accepts his father’s discipline,but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.2 From the fruit of his speech a person eats good things,but the faithless desire the fruit of violence.3 The one who guards his words guards his life,but whoever is talkative will come to ruin.4 The appetite of the sluggard craves […]
1 Every wise woman builds her household,but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.2 The one who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord,but the one who is perverted in his ways despises him.3 In the speech of a fool is a rod for his back,but the words of the wise protect […]
1 A gentle response turns away anger,but a harsh word stirs up wrath.2 The tongue of the wise treats knowledge correctly,but the mouth of the fool spouts out folly.3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place,keeping watch on those who are evil and those who are good.4 Speech that heals is like a […]
1 The intentions of the heart belong to a man,but the answer of the tongue comes from the Lord.2 All a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion,but the Lord evaluates the motives.3 Commit your works to the Lord,and your plans will be established.4 The Lord works everything for its own ends –even the […]
1 Better is a dry crust of bread where there is quietnessthan a house full of feasting with strife.2 A servant who acts wisely will ruleover an heir who behaves shamefully,and will share the inheritance along with the relatives.3 The crucible is for refining silver and the furnace is for gold,likewise the Lord tests hearts.4 […]
1 One who has isolated himself seeks his own desires;he rejects all sound judgment.2 A fool takes no pleasure in understandingbut only in disclosing what is on his mind.3 When a wicked person arrives, contempt shows up with him,and with shame comes a reproach.4 The words of a person’s mouth are like deep waters,and the […]
1 Better is a poor person who walks in his integritythan one who is perverse in his speech and is a fool.2 It is dangerous to have zeal without knowledge,and the one who acts hastily makes poor choices.3 A person’s folly subverts his way,and his heart rages against the Lord.4 Wealth adds many friends,but a […]
1 Wine is a mocker and strong drink is a brawler;whoever goes astray by them is not wise.2 The king’s terrifying anger is like the roar of a lion;whoever provokes him sins against himself.3 It is an honour for a person to cease from strife,but every fool quarrels.4 The sluggard will not plow during the […]
1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord like channels of water;he turns it wherever he wants.2 All of a person’s ways seem right in his own opinion,but the Lord evaluates the motives.3 To do righteousness and justiceis more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart –the […]
1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth,good favour more than silver or gold.2 The rich and the poor meet together;the Lord is the creator of them both.3 A shrewd person sees danger and hides himself,but the naive keep right on going and suffer for it.4 The reward for humility and […]
1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,consider carefully what is before you,2 and put a knife to your throatif you possess a large appetite.3 Do not crave that ruler’s delicacies,for that food is deceptive.4 Do not wear yourself out to become rich;be wise enough to restrain yourself.5 When you gaze upon riches, […]
1 Do not envy evil people,do not desire to be with them;2 for their hearts contemplate violence,and their lips speak harm.3 By wisdom a house is built,and through understanding it is established;4 by knowledge its rooms are filledwith all kinds of precious and pleasing treasures.5 A wise warrior is strong,and a man of knowledge makes […]
Proverbs of Solomon Collected by Hezekiah 1 These also are proverbs of Solomon,which the men of King Hezekiah of Judah copied:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,and it is the glory of a king to search out a matter.3 As the heaven is high and the earth is deepso the hearts […]
1 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,so honour is not fitting for a fool.2 Like a fluttering bird or like a flying swallow,so a curse without cause does not come to rest.3 A whip for the horse and a bridle for the donkey,and a rod for the backs of fools!4 Do not answer […]
1 Do not boast about tomorrow;for you do not know what a day may bring forth.2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;someone else, and not your own lips.3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,but vexation by a fool is more burdensome than the two of them.4 Wrath is cruel and […]
1 The wicked person flees when there is no one pursuing,but the righteous person is as confident as a lion.2 When a country is rebellious it has many princes,but by someone who is discerning and knowledgeable order is maintained.3 A poor person who oppresses the weakis like a driving rain without food.4 Those who forsake […]
1 The one who stiffens his neck after numerous rebukeswill suddenly be destroyed without remedy.2 When the righteous become numerous, the people rejoice;when the wicked rule, the people groan.3 The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,but whoever associates with prostitutes wastes his wealth.4 A king brings stability to a land by justice,but […]
The Words of Agur 1 The words of Agur, the son of Jakeh; an oracle:This man says to Ithiel, to Ithiel and to Ukal:2 Surely I am more brutish than any other human being,and I do not have human understanding;3 I have not learned wisdom,nor do I have knowledge of the Holy One.4 Who has […]
The Words of Lemuel 1 The words of King Lemuel,an oracle that his mother taught him:2 O my son, O son of my womb,O son of my vows,3 Do not give your strength to women,nor your ways to that which ruins kings.4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel,it is not for kings to drink […]