Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Proverbs

Proverbs 1

1. The proverbs of Solomon ben-David, King of Israel.

2. To know wisdom and correction; to understand words of understanding;

3.to receive correction; to gain insight in righteousness, and judgment, and equity;

4.to give prudence to the simple-minded, to the young man, knowledge and discretion;

5.– a wise man will hear and will increase learning, and a man of understanding will acquire good counsels –

6.to understand a proverb and a riddle, sayings of wise men and their enigmas.

7.The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and correction.

¶8. Hear, my son, the correction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother,

9.for they will be a wreath of grace for your head and pendants for your neck.

10. My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

11. If they say, “Come with us! Let us lie in wait for blood. Let us wait in secret for the innocent man without cause.

12.Let us swallow them up alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down to the pit.

13.All precious substance will we find; we will fill our houses with spoil.

14.Cast in your lot among us! We will have one purse together.”

15. My son, do not walk in the way with them; withhold your foot from their pathway,

16.for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

17. (Surely, in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird.)

18. But they lie in wait for their own blood. They wait in secret for their own souls.

19. Thus are the paths of all who get gain by violence; it takes the soul of its owners.

¶20. True wisdom cries aloud outside, she gives forth her voice in the marketplaces.

21. She calls out at the head of bustling streets, at the openings of gates. In the city, she declares her words:

22.“How long, O you simple-minded, will you love simpleness, and scorners take pleasure in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?

23.Turn at my reproof. Behold, I will pour out my Spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

24.Because I called and you refused, because I stretched out my hand and no one regarded it,

25.because you disdained all my counsel and did not want my reproof,

26.I will also laugh at your calamity. I will mock when your terror comes,

27.when your terror comes like a devastating storm and your calamity strikes like a tornado, when distress and anguish come upon you.

28. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer. They will seek me early, but they will not find me,

29.forasmuch as they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord.

30. They would not receive my counsel; they spurned all my reproof.

31. Therefore, they will eat of the fruit of their own way, and they will be sated with their own devices,

32.for the apostasy of the simple-minded will kill them, and the prosperity of fools will destroy them.

33. But he who hears me will dwell safely and be at peace, without dread of evil.

Proverbs 2

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1. My son, if you will receive my words, and treasure up my commandments with you,

2.inclining your ear to wisdom, and applying your heart to understanding –

3.yes, if you cry out for discernment and lift your voice for understanding,

4.if you look for her as for silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures,

5.then you will understand the fear of Jehovah, and find the knowledge of God.

6. For Jehovah gives wisdom; out of his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

7. He treasures up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a buckler to those who walk blamelessly,

8.guarding the paths of judgment, and keeping the way of His saints.

9. Then you will understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity – every good pathway!

10. For wisdom will enter into your heart, and knowledge will be a delight to your soul.

11. Discretion will keep you, understanding will guard you,

12.delivering you from the evil way, from men who speak perverse things,

13.who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,

14.who are glad to do evil – they rejoice in perverse deeds of an evil man –

15.whose paths are twisted, and they are devious in their ways,

16.to deliver you from the strange woman, from the foreign woman who uses smooth words,

17.she who forsakes the husband of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.

18. Surely, her house goes down to death, and her ways, to the shades.

19. None who go in to her will return, and they will not attain to the paths of life.

20. So that you may walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

21. For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

22. But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, and the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.

Proverbs 3

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¶1. My son, do not forget my law, and let your heart keep my commandments,

2.for they will add to you length of days, and years of life, and peace.

3. Do not let mercy and truth forsake you. Bind them upon your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,

4.and find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.

5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

7. Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

8. It will be a healing for your flesh, and a refreshing for your bones.

9. Honor the Lord with your substance and with the firstfruits of all your increase,

10.and your storehouses will be filled with plenty, and your winepresses will burst forth with new wine.

11. My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of His correction,

12.for whom the Lord loves, He corrects, even as a father the son in whom he delights.

13. Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who obtains understanding.

14. Indeed, her merchandise is better than merchandise bought with silver, and her fruit is better than gold.

15. It is more precious than rubies, and anything you desire cannot be compared to her.

16. Length of days is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.

17. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her pathways are peace.

18. She is a tree of life for those who lay hold on her, and those who hold her tight will be happy.

¶19. The Lord, by wisdom, laid the foundation of the earth; He established the heavens by understanding;

20. By His knowledge, depths were broken open, and clouds drip dew.

21. My son, let them not leave your sight – keep sound wisdom and discretion,

22.and they will be life unto your soul and grace to your neck.

23. Then you will walk securely in your way, and your foot will not stumble.

24. When you lie down, you will not be in dread; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

25. Do not be afraid of sudden disaster or the ruin of wicked men when it comes,

26.for the Lord will be your confidence, and He will keep your foot from a snare.

27. Do not withhold good from its owners when it is in the power of your hands to do so.

28. Do not say to your neighbor, “Leave and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,” when it is there with you.

29. Do not devise evil against your friend or he who dwells securely beside you.

30. Do not strive with a man without cause, when he has done you no harm.

31. Do not envy a violent man, nor choose any of his ways.

32. For he who is devious is an abomination to the Lord, for His secret is with the upright.

33. The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked man, but He blesses the habitation of righteous men.

34. Though He will scorn the scorners, to those who are lowly, He will grant grace.

35. Wise men will inherit glory, but rebellious fools, dishonor.

Proverbs 4

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¶1. Yield, children, to a father’s discipline, and incline your ear that you may become acquainted with understanding,

2.for I give you good instruction. Do not forsake my law!

3. When I was a tender son to my father, and an only son before my mother,

4.he instructed me, and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast to my words; keep my commandments and live.

5. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.

6. Do not forsake it and it will protect you. Love it and it will watch over you.

7. Wisdom is the principal thing; get wisdom! Yea, in all your getting, get understanding!

8. Esteem it, and it will exalt you. It will bring you honor when you embrace it.

9. It will put a wreath of grace on your head; it will bestow on you a glorious crown.

10. Listen, my son, and receive my words and the years of your life will be many.

11. Along the road of wisdom, I have guided you. I have led you along the pathways of righteousness.

12. When you walk, your step will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.

13. Seize upon instruction! Do not let go. Guard it, for it is your life.

14. On the path of the wicked, do not start, and do not go in the way of evil men.

15. Leave it alone. Do not pass over it. Turn aside from it and pass it by.

16. Indeed, they cannot sleep unless they have done evil. Sleep is taken from them unless they cause (someone) to stumble,

17.for they eat bread of wickedness, and wine of violent men, they drink.

18. But the pathway of the righteous is like a bright light, it goes and it shines, leading toward the established day.

19. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know by what they are made to stumble.

20. My son, attend to my words. To my sayings, incline your ears.

21. Do not let them depart from your sight. Guard them in the midst of your heart,

22.for they are life to those who find them, and to all its flesh, healing.

23. Above all else, guard your heart, for out of it are the issues of life.

24. Put a froward mouth away from you , and perverse lips put far away from you.

25. Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids keep straight before you.

26. Smooth out the pathway for your foot, and let all your ways be established.

27. Do not turn to the right or left. Remove your foot from evil.

Proverbs 5

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¶1. My son, pay attention to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,

2.in order to preserve discretion, and that your lips may guard information.

3. For the lips of a strange woman drips sweet honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil,

4.but her end is bitter like wormwood, sharp like a two-edged sword.

5. Her feet are going down to death; her steps lay hold on Sheol.

6. Lest you weigh the path of life, her ways are moveable so that you will not realize.

7. So now, my sons, listen to me and do not turn from words of my mouth.

8. Make your path far from her, and do not go near the door of her house,

9.lest you give your majesty to others and your years to the cruel one,

10.lest strangers be filled with your produce, and your toils be in a foreigner’s home,

11.and you groan at your end, when your flesh and your body waste away,

12.and you say, “How I have hated correction, and how my heart has spurned reproof!

13. Also, I did not listen to the voice of my teachers, and I did not incline my ear to my instructors!

14. I am almost in all evil in the midst of the assembly and congregation.”

15. Drink water from your own cistern and running water from your own well.

16. Streams of water from your springs will flow outside into the open places.

17. They shall be for you, for you alone, and not for strangers with you.

18. Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth.

19. A loving hind and a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times. Be intoxicated with her love continually.

20. And why, my son, should you satisfy yourself with a strange woman, or embrace the bosom of a foreign woman?

21. For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He weighs out all his paths.

22. The wicked man’s own iniquities will capture him, and with the cords of his own sin will he be seized.

23. He will die for want of correction, and in his abundant foolishness, he will go astray.

Proverbs 6

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¶1. My son, if you have become guarantor for your friend, if you have shaken hands with a stranger,

2.if you have been ensnared by the words of your mouth, if you have been trapped by the words of your mouth,

3.do this then, my son, and deliver yourself. Because you have come into the hand of your friend, go humble yourself and importune your friend!

4. Do not give sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids!

5. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from his hand, even like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

6. Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider its ways and be wise.

7. Which, having no captain, officer, or ruler,

8. prepares its food in the summer and gathers its provision in the harvest.

9. How long, O sluggard, will you sleep? When will you wake up from your slumber?

10. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,

11.and your poverty will come in like a wanderer, and your deficit, like an armed man.

12. A man of Belial, a wicked man, walks in perversion of speech.

13. He winks with his eyes; he signals with his feet; he points with his fingers.

14. Perverse things are in his heart. He devises evil always; he sends out strife.

15. For this, his distress will come suddenly. He will be broken in an instant, and there will be no healing.

16. These six things does Jehovah hate. Yea, seven are abominations to His soul:

17.an exalted appearance; a deceptive tongue; and hands that shed innocent blood;

18.a heart that engraves wicked thoughts; feet that hurry to run to evil;

19.a false witness that breathes out lies; and he who sows discord among brothers.

20. My son, guard the commandment of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother.

21. Bind them upon your heart continually; bind them around your neck.

22. When you walk about, it will guide you. When you sleep, it will watch over you, and when you wake up, it will advise you.

23. For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light, and reproofs of discipline are the way of life,

24.to keep you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the foreign woman.

25. Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelids.

26. Indeed, by means of a whorish woman a man is reduced to a loaf of bread, and an adulteress hunts for the precious life.

27. Can a man take fire into his bosom and his clothes not be burned?

28. Can a man walks on the coals and his feet not be scorched?

29. So shall it be for the one who goes in to the wife of his neighbor. Whoever touches her will not go unpunished.

30. Men do not despise a thief when he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry,

31.but if he is found, he will restore sevenfold. He will give all the substance of his house.

32. He who commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding. He who does so is destroying his own soul.

33. He will find a mark and dishonor, and his reproach will not be blotted out,

34.for jealousy is the fury of man, and he will not have compassion in the day of vengeance.

35. He will not receive any ransom, nor will he yield though you multiply gifts.

Proverbs 7

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¶1. My son, keep my words, and treasure up my commandments with you.

2. Keep my commandments, and live, and my law as the apple of your eye!

3. Bind them on your fingers! Write them on the tablet of your heart!

4. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister”, and you will call understanding a kinsman,

5.in order to keep you from the strange woman, from the foreign woman who uses her smooth words. (fix Pr 2:16 to add “her”)

6. While at the window of my house, I was looking down through my lattice.

7. As I was looking at the simple people, I discerned among the boys a young man lacking understanding,

8.passing by in the street near her corner. And he walked the road toward her house

9.at the evening twilight of the day, in the night’s blackness and thick darkness.

10. And behold, a woman came up to him, in the clothes of a harlot and cunning of mind,

11.(she is boisterous and rebellious, her feet will not stay in her house,

12.sometimes in the street, sometimes in the squares, truly, near every corner, she lies in wait)

13.and she grabbed him and kissed him. Her face was shameless, and she said to him,

14.“With peace offerings on my behalf, I have fulfilled my vows today!

15.this is why I have come out, to come upon you, to diligently seek your face, and now I have found you!

16.I have spread my couch with coverings, colored Egyptian linens.

17.I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

18.Come, let us drink our fill of passions until the morning! Let us delight in love!

19.For my husband isn’t home; he has gone on a long journey.

20.He took a bag of money with him. He will come home on the day of the full moon.”

21. She has turned him by her great persuasiveness; with the seductiveness of her lips, she compels him

22. He walks after her at once; like an ox, he goes to the slaughter, or like an anklet he goes along to the punishment of a fool
22. He walks after her at once; like an ox, he goes to the slaughter, or like an anklet at the punishment of a fool

23.until an arrow cleaves open his liver, like a bird hurrying to a trap. And he, and it does not know it is for his life.
23. until an arrow cleaves open his liver, like a bird hurries to a trap. Just so, he does not know that it is at the cost of his soul.

24. So, my sons, listen now to me, and pay attention to the words of my mouth.

25. Do not let your heart turn aside towards her road! Do not stray onto her pathways!

26. She has caused many to fall down slain, and all those she killed were mighty men.

27. The roads of Sheol, even her house, descend to chambers of death.

Proverbs 8

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¶1.Does not wisdom call? And understanding give his[1] voice?

2.At the top of high places, along the road, at the crossroads, he stands.

3.Beside the gates, at the entrance of the cities, at the doors, he cries out,

4.“Unto you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the children of Adam.

5.Understand subtlety, you simpletons! And you fools, be of an understanding heart!

6.Listen! For I speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips come right things.

7.My mouth will speak truth, and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

8.All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

9.All of them are right to the one who understands, and upright to those who find knowledge.

10.Receive my reproof and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,

11.for wisdom is better than rubies, and all that is desirable cannot compare with her.

12.I, wisdom, dwell with prudence; I uncover knowledge of cunning ways.

13.The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. I hate pride, haughtiness, an evil manner, and a perverse mouth.

14.Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom. I am understanding. I have strength.

15.By me, kings rule, and rulers make righteous decrees.

16.By me, princes and nobles reign, and all who judge rightly.

17.I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.

18.Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.

19.My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, and my revenue better than choice silver.

20.I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice,

21.to cause those who love me to inherit substance; I will fill their storehouses.

22.The Lord created me the beginning of His way, the first of His works.

23.I was formed before eternity, before the beginning, before earth existed.

24.I was brought forth when there were no depths of the sea, when there were no springs abounding with water.

25.Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth.

26.When He had not made the earth, and the open fields, and the first elements of the world,

27.when He prepared the heavens, I was there. When He decreed a circle on the face of the deep,

28.when He established the thin clouds above, when He made strong the fountains of the sea,

29.when He made His decree for the sea, that the waters should not disobey His word, when He decreed the foundations of the earth,

30.I was at His side, like a master workman, daily His great delight, always laughing in His presence,

31.rejoicing in the world, His earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

¶32. So, my children, listen now to me, for those who keep my ways will be blessed.

33. Listen to correction! Be wise and do not let it go!

34. Blessed is the man who listens to me, keeping watch at my gates every day, waiting at the posts of my doors.

35. For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord.

36. He who fails to come to me damages his own soul; all they that hate me love death.

Proverbs 9

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¶1. Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out her seven pillars.

2. She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine; and she has set her table.

3. She has sent forth her maidens; she cries out from the highest places of the city,

4.Whoever is unwise, let him turn in here. To him lacking understanding, she says,

5.“Come! Eat of my bread, and drink of the wine I have mixed.

6.Forsake the foolish, and live! And walk in the way of understanding!”

7. He who corrects a scorner gets for himself dishonor, and he who rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blemish.

8. Do not rebuke a scorner lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man and he will love you.

9. Give correction to a wise man, and he will become still wiser; instruct a just man and he will increase in learning.

10. Fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the holy is understanding.

11. Truly, by me, your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.

12. If you become wise, you become wise for yourself, and if you scorn, you will bear it by yourself.

13. A foolish woman is boisterous, simple, and knows nothing.

14. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat near the city’s highest places,

15.calling out to passers-by on the road, those who are making their paths straight,

16. “Whoever is amenable, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,

17.“Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secrecy is pleasant!”

18. But he does not know that shades are there. Her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Proverbs 10

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Proverbs of Solomon

1. A wise son makes his father rejoice, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.

2. Storehouses of wickedness will not benefit, but righteousness will deliver from death.

3. Jehovah will not make a righteous soul go hungry, but He will refuse the desire of the wicked.

4. A negligent hand makes poor, but diligent people’s hands make rich.

5. He who gathers in the summer is a prudent son; he who is fast asleep at harvest is a son who causes shame.

6. Blessings are meant for the head of a righteous man, but violence will cover the mouth of the wicked.

7. The memory of a righteous man is a blessing, but the name of wicked men will rot.

8. The wise of heart will receive commandments, but he who is a fool with his lips will be cast down.

9. He who walks in integrity walks safely, and he who perverts his ways shall be known.

10. He who winks with the eye causes hurt, and he who is a fool with his lips will be cast down.

11. The mouth of a righteous man is a fountain of life, but the mouth of wicked men conceal violence.

12. Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers over all transgressions.

13. Wisdom is found in the lips of an understanding man, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense.

14. Wise men treasure up knowledge, but destruction is near the mouth of a fool.

15. A rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the destruction of poor people is their poverty.

16. The recompense of a righteous man is life; the produce of a wicked man is sin.

17. He who heeds correction is a path to life, but he who forsakes reproof leads others astray.

18. He who hides hatred with lying lips, and he who utters slander, is a fool. (was already done)

19. In a multitude of words, transgression is not lacking, so he who restrains his lips is prudent.

20. The tongue of a righteous man is like choice silver; the heart of wicked people is of little worth.

21. The lips of a righteous man feed multitudes, but fools die for lack of heart.

22. The blessing of Jehovah makes rich, and He will not cause sorrow to increase with it.

23. It is like a game for a fool to do wickedness, but wisdom belongs to a man of understanding.

24. The fear of the wicked man will come upon him, but He shall grant the desire of righteous men.

25. The wicked man will be gone like when the storm passes, but the righteous man has an eternal foundation.

26. Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, this is how the lazy man is to those who send him.

27. Fear of Jehovah prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be cut short.

28. The hope of the righteous will be joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.

29. The way of Jehovah is a fortress for the blameless man and destruction for those who work iniquity.

30. The righteous man will live forever, he will not be overthrown, but wicked men will not inhabit the earth.

31. The mouth of a righteous man produces wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.

32. A righteous man’s lips knows what is acceptable, but the mouth of wicked men is perverse.

Proverbs 11

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¶1. Deceitful scales are an abomination to Jehovah, but a full weight pleases Him.

2. Insolence comes, then comes dishonor, but with humble men is wisdom.

3. The integrity of upright men will guide them, but the perverseness of those who deal treacherously will destroy them.

4. Wealth does not help in the day of fury, but righteousness will deliver from death.

5. The righteousness of blameless men will direct their way, but by his own wickedness will the wicked man fall.

6. The righteousness of upright men will deliver them, but those who deal treacherously will be caught in destruction.

7. At the death of a wicked man, hope perishes (c. Job 8:13); yea, the expectation of unrighteous men perishes.

8. A righteous man is delivered from distress, and the wicked man goes into distress instead of him.

9. By his mouth will a profane man destroy his fellow, but by knowledge will righteous people be delivered.

10. When it goes well for righteous people, a city rejoices, and when wicked people perish, there is shouting.

11. The city is uplifted by the blessing of upright people, but it is torn down by the mouth of wicked men.

12. One who despises his fellow lacks understanding, but a man with understanding holds his peace.

13. A slanderer reveals a secret, but he who is faithful in spirit covers over the thing.

14. When there is no counsel, people fall, but in much counsel is safety.

15. An evil man will come to harm because he is surety for a stranger, but he who hates becoming surety is secure.

16. A woman of grace lays hold upon honor, but fierce men lay hold upon riches.

17. A merciful man treats his soul well, but a cruel man troubles his flesh.

18. A wicked man earns a deceptive wage, but he who sows righteousness will have a secure reward.

19. Just as righteousness leads to life, so, pursuing evil leads to one’s own death.

20. Those who are perverse of heart are an abomination to Jehovah, and His delight are those who are blameless in the way.

21. Though hand join in hand, the wicked man shall not be unpunished, but the seed of righteous men shall be delivered.

22. A beautiful woman who also eschews discernment is a gold ring in a pig’s nose.

23. The desire of righteous people is only what is good. The expectation of wicked people is fury.

24. There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more; but another keeps back what is right, only to want.

25. A generous soul will be made fat, and the one who waters will also be watered.

26. Concerning the one who withholds grain, people will curse him, but a blessing will be on the head of the one who sells it.

27. The one who earnestly searches for what is good, strives for favor, but the one who seeks what is evil, it will come to him.

28. The one who trusts in his riches will fall, but righteous men will flourish like a branch.

29. The one who troubles his household will inherit wind and servitude; he is a fool, belonging to the wise in heart.

30. The fruit of a righteous man is a tree of life, and a wise man wins over souls. (also possible: but a cunning man takes lives)

31. Behold, a righteous man in the earth will be repaid, but also the wicked man and sinner.

Proverbs 12

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1. He who loves correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is brutish. He who loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is brutish.

2. A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man with evil plans will He condemn. A good man elicits favor from the Lord, but not a man of wicked devices …?

3. Man will not be established by wickedness, but the root of righteous men will not be shaken.

4. An upright woman is a crown to her husband, but she who acts shamefully is like rottenness in his bones.

5. The plans of the righteous are right. The counsels of the wicked are deceptive.

6. The words of wicked men are to lie in wait for blood, and the mouth of upright men will deprive them.

7. The wicked are overthrown, and are not, but the house of righteous men shall stand.

8. For his prudence is a man worthy of praise, but the perverse of heart is worthy of contempt.

9. A despised man, but who has a slave, is better off than a man who honors himself, but is lacking bread.

10. A righteous man regards the life of his animal, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

11. He who works his ground will be satisfied with bread, but he who follows vain men lacks understanding.

12. A wicked man desires the net of evil men, but the root of righteous men yields food.

13. An evil man is snared by the transgression of lips, but a righteous man will get out of trouble.

14. By the fruit of a man’s mouth will he be well satisfied, and the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.

15. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

16. A fool is known in the day of his wrath, but a prudent man covers over an insult.

17. He who utters truth, confesses righteousness, but a false witness, deceit.

18. A rash talker is like the stabbings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is healing.

19. Lips of truth will be established forever, but a lying tongue until I wink.

20. Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but concerning those who advise peace, joy.

21. No wickedness will befall the righteous man, but wicked men are full of evil.

22. Lying lips are an abomination to Jehovah, but those who deal faithfully are His delight.

23. A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.

24. The hand of diligent men will have dominion, but a slacker will be under tribute.

25. Fear in the heart of a man makes it downcast, but a good word makes it rejoice.

26. A righteous man shows his fellow the way, but the way of wicked men misleads them.

27. A slacker does not cook his venison, but a diligent man’s substance is precious.

28. In the path of righteousness is life, and there is no death on that pathway.

Proverbs 13

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1.A wise son heeds correction from his father, but a scorner does not heed a rebuke.

2. By the fruit of a man’s mouth will he eat good, but the soul of those who deal treacherously will eat violence.

3. He who watches his mouth guards his soul, but he who opens wide his lips, it is his destruction.

4. The soul of the lazy man wants but has not, but the soul of diligent men will be made fat.

5. A righteous man hates something deceptive, but a wicked man is loathsome and will cause dishonor.

6. He who is blameless in the way, righteousness keeps, but wickedness causes a sinner to slip.

7. There is one who makes himself rich but has nothing, and one who makes himself poor but has great wealth.

8. The ransom for a man’s life are his riches, but a poor man will not heed reproof.

9. The light of righteous men will rejoice, but the lamp of wicked men will be put out.

10. Strife comes only through pride, and wisdom comes with much counsel.

11. Wealth gotten easily will decrease, but he who gathers by his own strength will increase.

12. Deferred hope makes the heart sick, but the desire that arrives is a tree of life.

13. He who despises counsel will be destroyed because of it, but he who respects the commandment, he will be rewarded.

14. The instruction of the wise is a living fountain, turning one away from death’s snares.

15. Good understanding grants favor, but the way of deceivers is unending.

16. Everyone who is prudent acts with knowledge, but a fool displays foolishness.

17. A wicked messenger will fall into harm, but a faithful envoy, health.

18. Poverty and ignominy are for the one who neglects reproof, but the one who treasures up correction will be honored.

19. The desire which comes to pass is sweet to the soul, but to turn from evil is an abomination to fools.

20. He who walks with wise men will also be wise, but a companion of fools will become wicked.

21. Evil pursues sinners, but He will reward righteous men with good.

22. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous man.

23. The untilled land of the poor could produce much food, but some are destroyed for lack of judgment.

24. He who spares his rod hates his son, but he loves him who diligently chastens him.

25. A righteous man eats until his soul is satisfied, but the belly of wicked men will lack.

Proverbs 14

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1. Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish woman tears it down with her hands.

2. He who walks in his uprightness fears Jehovah, and he who is crooked in his ways despises him.

3. In a fool’s mouth is a twig of pride, but as for the lips of wise men, you will watch over them.

4. When there are no cattle, the trough is clean, but great profits come by the strength of a bull.

5. A faithful witness will not tell a lie, but a false witness will breathe lies.

6. A scorner seeks wisdom but does not have it, but knowledge comes easily for one who understands.

7. Get away from a foolish man when you do not perceive in him lips of knowledge!

8. The wisdom of a prudent man is to teach his way, but deceit is the folly of fools.

9. Sin mocks fools, but favor is among upright men.

10. The heart knows the bitterness of its own soul, and in its joy, a stranger cannot share.

11. The house of wicked men will be given to destruction, but He will cause the tent of the upright to flourish.

12. There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the ways of death.

13. Even in laughter, a heart can be in pain, and after the gladness is grief.

14. A backslider in heart is weary of His ways, but a good man is weary of himself (or, “A backslider in heart is satisfied with his own ways, but a good man is satisfied with Him.)

15. He who is simple-minded believes everything, but a prudent man has discernment on his journey.

16. A wise man fears and turns from evil, but a fool is arrogant and confident.

17. He who is quick to anger does foolishly, and a man with wicked schemes is hated.

18. Simple-minded men inherit folly, but prudent men will be crowned with righteousness.

19. Evil men bow before good men, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20. A poor man is hated even by his neighbor, but there are many who love a rich man.

21. He who despises his neighbor sins, but he who shows favor to afflicted people, he will be happy.

22. Do those who devise evil not err? But mercy and truth will be for those who devise good.

23. There is profit in all toil, but talk from the lips leads only to poverty.

24. The crown of wise men is their wealth. The folly of fools is folly.

25. A true witness delivers souls, but a deceitful man breathes out lies.

26. In the fear of the Lord is powerful safety, and He is a shelter for His children.

27. The fear of the Lord is a living fountain, turning one away from death’s snares.

28. The adornment of a king is with a multitude of people, and at the end of a nation comes the destruction of the ruler.

29. The man who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is hasty exalts foolishness.

30. A healthy heart is life to the flesh, but envy is decay to the bones.

31. He who oppresses a poor man reproaches his Maker, but he who would honor Him takes pity on a needy man.

32. Because of his wickedness, a wicked man will be driven off, but a righteous man finds refuge at his death.

33. Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, and it will be revealed in the midst of fools.

34. Righteousness elevates a nation, but sin is a reproach to countries.

35. The king’s favor is for a prudent servant, and his fury will be for the one who is put to shame.

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¶1. A tender response turns away wrath, but a hurtful word stirs up anger.

2. The tongue of wise men does good with knowledge, but the mouth of fools pours out folly.

3. The eyes of Jehovah are in every place, observing the evil and the good.

4. A tongue that heals is a tree of life, but perverseness causes a spiritual wound.

5. A fool spurns his father’s correction, but he who treasures reproof is prudent.

6. The house of a righteous man contains great wealth, but with the profit of a wicked man comes trouble.

7. The lips of wise men disperse knowledge, but the heart of fools does not.

8. The sacrifice of wicked men is an abomination to Jehovah, but the prayer of the righteous is His delight.

9. The way of a wicked man is an abomination to Jehovah, but He loves him who diligently pursues after righteousness.

10. Correction seems malignant to him who leaves the path; he who hates reproof will die.

11. Sheol and Abaddon are open before Jehovah, how much more then are the hearts of the sons of Adam.

12. A scorner does not love the one who reproves him; he will not come to wise men.

13. A joyful heart brings about a happy countenance, but with a hurt heart comes a stricken spirit

14. The heart of him who understands seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools graze on foolishness.

15. All the days of an afflicted man are adversity, but a happy heart has a continuous feast.

16. Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth and its unrest.

17. Better is a meal of green herbs where there is love than an ox in the stall and hatred with it.

18. A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger causes strife to cease.

19. The way of a lazy man is like a briar hedge, but the path of upright men is lifted up like a highway.

20. A wise son makes his father rejoice, but a foolish man despises his mother.­­

21. Foolishness is joy to him who lacks wisdom, but a man with understanding walks uprightly.

22. Without counsel, plans are made ineffectual, but by an abundance of advisors you will be established.

23. A man’s joy comes by the response of his mouth, and a word in its season, how good it is!

24. The path of life leads upwards for the wise so that he will turn away from Sheol below.

25. Jehovah will tear down the house of proud men, but He will establish the territory of the widow.

26. The thoughts of a wicked man are an abomination to Jehovah, but the pure have pleasant thoughts.

27. He who gets gain by violence troubles his house, and he who hates gifts will live.

28. The heart of a righteous man ponders to answer, but the mouth of wicked men spews wicked things.

29. Jehovah is far from wicked men, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

30. The light of the eyes makes the heart rejoice; a good report makes the bones fat.

31. The ear that heeds the reproof of those who live will remain in the midst of wise men.

32. He who avoids instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds reproof gets wisdom.

33. The fear of Jehovah is the instruction of wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 16

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¶1. Plans in the mind belong to man, but the response of the tongue is from Jehovah.

2. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but Jehovah weighs spirits.

3. Commit your works to Jehovah and they will establish your thoughts.

4. Jehovah created everything by his response, yes, even the wicked one for the day of evil.

5. Every haughty heart is an abomination to Jehovah; though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

6. Iniquity will be covered over by mercy and truth, and by the fear of the Lord will a man turn from evil.

7. When a man’s ways please Jehovah, He will make even his enemies be at peace with him.

8. Better is little with righteousness than great profits with no judgment.

9. A man’s mind considers his way but Jehovah directs his step.

10. Divination is on the king’s lips; in judgment, his mouth does not act treacherously.

11. The weight and scales of judgment belong to Jehovah; all the weights of the bag are His handiwork.

12. It is an abomination for kings to do wickedness, for a throne is established by righteousness.

13. Righteous lips are a delight to kings, and he loves him who speaks right things.

14. The wrath of a king is like angels of death, and a wise man will pacify it.

15. In the light of a king’s countenance is life, and his favor is like a spring raincloud.

16. How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding should be chosen rather than silver!

17. The highway of upright men is to depart from evil; he who guards his soul protects his way.

18. Pride before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

19. It is better to have a humble spirit among afflicted men than to divide the spoil with proud men.

20. He who handles a matter prudently will come upon good, and he who trusts in Jehovah will come upon His blessings.

21. He who is prudent will be called wise of heart, and sweetness of the lips increases what is learned.

22. Understanding is a fountain of life for its master, but correction of fools is folly.

23. The heart of a wise man teaches his mouth and adds what is learned to his lips.

24. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the body.

25. There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the ways of death.

26. A person who works, works for himself, because his mouth demands it of him.

27. A man of Belial digs up evil, and it is like a burning fire on his lips.

28. A perverse man sows strife, and a slanderer divides close friends.

29. A violent man inveigles his neighbor, and he leads him on a way that is not good.

30. He shuts his eyes to devise perverse things; biting his lips, he accomplishes evil.

31. A hoary head is a crown of glory if it is found to be in the way of righteousness.

32. He who is slow to anger is better than a mighty man, and he who governs his spirit, than he who takes a city.

33. The lot is cast into the lap, but all its judgment is by Jehovah.

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1. Better is a bit of dry bread and peace with it than a house full of sacrifices with strife.

2. A wise servant has charge over a son who acts shamefully, and he has a share in the inheritance among the sons.

3. A crucible for silver, and a smelting-pot for gold, but Jehovah tries hearts.

4. One who does evil listens to troubling talk; a liar gives ear to a ruinous tongue.

5. He who mocks the poor man tempts his Maker; he who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.

6. Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their forefathers.

7. Excellence of speech is unbefitting a fool, how much less deceitful talk, a prince.

8. A gift is a precious stone in the eyes of its owner; every way it turns, it gives pause.

9. He who covers over a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a thing, separates close friends.

10. A rebuke goes deeper into a man with understanding than a hundred blows go into a fool.

11. An evil man only seeks rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

12. Let a man encounter a bear robbed of her cubs rather than a fool with his folly.

13. As for him who gives evil in exchange for good, evil will not depart from his house.

14. The beginning of contention is like when someone releases water, so before the strife breaks out, let it go!

15. He who justifies a wicked man and he who condemns a righteous man are both an abomination to Jehovah.

16. Why is there a payment in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, but no heart for it?

17. He who is a friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for distress.

18. A man who lacks understanding shakes hands, becoming surety in the presence of his friend.

19. He who loves transgression, loves strife. He who makes his entrance lofty seeks a breach.

20. He who is perverse of heart will not find what is good, and the one who is turned back by his tongue will fall into calamity.

21. He who begets a fool, it is to his grief, and the father of a fool is not glad.

22. A joyful heart makes for a complete healing, but a stricken spirit dries up the bones.

23. A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom, perverting the ways of justice.

24. In the presence of him who has understanding is wisdom, but the eyes of a fool look to the end of the earth.

25. A foolish son is a vexation to his father and bitterness to her who gave birth to him.

26. It is not good to scourge those who are virtuous or to punish the righteous man for the sake of fairness.

27. He who reserves his words has knowledge, and a man with understanding has a calm spirit.

28. Even a fool, when he keeps quiet, is considered wise, and he who closes his lips, a man with understanding.

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31. A horse is prepared for the day of battle, but salvation belongs to Jehovah.

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¶1. A good reputation should be chosen rather than great riches, and good favor rather than silver and gold.

2. The rich man and the poor man will end up together; Jehovah makes them all.

3. A prudent man sees evil ahead and hides himself, but simpletons pass on and are punished.

4. The result of humility and fear of the Lord is riches, and honor, and life.

5. Thorns and traps are in the path of a perverse man. He who guards his soul will stay far from them.

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Footnotes

[1] The Hebrew word for wisdom is feminine, and so, it is referred to as “she”. But since the Wisdom of God has now been revealed to be His pre-existent Son (1Cor. 1:24; see also in this chapter, vv. 22–36), it seems more appropriate to use a masculine pronoun.

[2] Or, weak.

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