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Chapter 1:33 Verses
20-1:1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
20-1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; To discern the words of understanding;
20-1:3 To receive instruction in wise dealing, In righteousness and justice and equity;
20-1:4 To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion:
20-1:5 That the wise man may hear, and increase in learning; And that the man of understanding may attain unto sound counsels:
20-1:6 To understand a proverb, and a figure, The words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
20-1:7 The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge; [But] the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.
20-1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother:
20-1:9 For they shall be a chaplet of grace unto thy head, And chains about thy neck.
20-1:10 My son, if sinners entice thee, Consent thou not.
20-1:11 If they say, Come with us, Let us lay wait for blood; Let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause;
20-1:12 Let us swallow them up alive as Sheol, And whole, as those that go down into the pit;
20-1:13 We shall find all precious substance; We shall fill our houses with spoil;
20-1:14 Thou shalt cast thy lot among us; We will all have one purse:
20-1:15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; Refrain thy foot from their path:
20-1:16 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood.
20-1:17 For in vain is the net spread In the sight of any bird:
20-1:18 And these lay wait for their own blood; They lurk privily for their own lives.
20-1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; It taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
20-1:20 Wisdom crieth aloud in the street; She uttereth her voice in the broad places;
20-1:21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse; At the entrance of the gates, In the city, she uttereth her words:
20-1:22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And scoffers delight them in scoffing, And fools hate knowledge?
20-1:23 Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit upon you; I will make known my words unto you.
20-1:24 Because I have called, and ye have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man hath regarded;
20-1:25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, And would none of my reproof:
20-1:26 I also will laugh in [the day of] your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
20-1:27 When your fear cometh as a storm, And your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind; When distress and anguish come upon you.
20-1:28 Then will they call upon me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me:
20-1:29 For that they hated knowledge, And did not choose the fear of Jehovah:
20-1:30 They would none of my counsel; They despised all my reproof.
20-1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, And be filled with their own devices.
20-1:32 For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, And the careless ease of fools shall destroy them.
20-1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell securely, And shall be quiet without fear of evil.
Chapter 2:22 Verses
20-2:1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, And lay up my commandments with thee;
20-2:2 So as to incline thine ear unto wisdom, And apply thy heart to understanding;
20-2:3 Yea, if thou cry after discernment, And lift up thy voice for understanding;
20-2:4 If thou seek her as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures:
20-2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of Jehovah, And find the knowledge of God.
20-2:6 For Jehovah giveth wisdom; Out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding:
20-2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright; [He is] a shield to them that walk in integrity;
20-2:8 That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his saints.
20-2:9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness and justice, And equity, [yea], every good path.
20-2:10 For wisdom shall enter into thy heart, And knowledge shall be pleasant unto thy soul;
20-2:11 Discretion shall watch over thee; Understanding shall keep thee:
20-2:12 To deliver thee from the way of evil, From the men that speak perverse things;
20-2:13 Who forsake the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness;
20-2:14 Who rejoice to do evil, And delight in the perverseness of evil;
20-2:15 Who are crooked in their ways, And wayward in their paths:
20-2:16 To deliver thee from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner that flattereth with her words;
20-2:17 That forsaketh the friend of her youth, And forgetteth the covenant of her God:
20-2:18 For her house inclineth unto death, And her paths unto the dead;
20-2:19 None that go unto her return again, Neither do they attain unto the paths of life:
20-2:20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous.
20-2:21 For the upright shall dwell in the land, And the perfect shall remain in it.
20-2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, And the treacherous shall be rooted out of it.
Chapter 3:35 Verses
20-3:1 My son, forget not my law; But let thy heart keep my commandments:
20-3:2 For length of days, and years of life, And peace, will they add to thee.
20-3:3 Let not kindness and truth forsake thee: Bind them about thy neck; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart:
20-3:4 So shalt thou find favor and good understanding In the sight of God and man.
20-3:5 Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding:
20-3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.
20-3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes; Fear Jehovah, and depart from evil:
20-3:8 It will be health to thy navel, And marrow to thy bones.
20-3:9 Honor Jehovah with thy substance, And with the first-fruits of all thine increase:
20-3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, And thy vats shall overflow with new wine.
20-3:11 My son, despise not the chastening of Jehovah; Neither be weary of his reproof:
20-3:12 For whom Jehovah loveth he reproveth; Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
20-3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, And the man that getteth understanding.
20-3:14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, And the profit thereof than fine gold.
20-3:15 She is more precious than rubies: And none of the things thou canst desire are to be compared unto her.
20-3:16 Length of days is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.
20-3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.
20-3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: And happy is every one that retaineth her.
20-3:19 Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding he established the heavens.
20-3:20 By his knowledge the depths were broken up, And the skies drop down the dew.
20-3:21 My son, let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep sound wisdom and discretion:
20-3:22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, And grace to thy neck.
20-3:23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way securely, And thy foot shall not stumble.
20-3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: Yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
20-3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, Neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh:
20-3:26 For Jehovah will be thy confidence, And will keep thy foot from being taken.
20-3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, When it is in the power of thy hand to do it.
20-3:28 Say not unto thy neighbor, Go, and come again, And to-morrow I will give; When thou hast it by thee.
20-3:29 Devise not evil against thy neighbor, Seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
20-3:30 Strive not with a man without cause, If he have done thee no harm.
20-3:31 Envy thou not the man of violence, And choose none of his ways.
20-3:32 For the perverse is an abomination to Jehovah; But his friendship is with the upright.
20-3:33 The curse of Jehovah is in the house of the wicked; But he blesseth the habitation of the righteous.
20-3:34 Surely he scoffeth at the scoffers; But he giveth grace unto the lowly.
20-3:35 The wise shall inherit glory; But shame shall be the promotion of fools.
Chapter 4:27 Verses
20-4:1 Hear, [my] sons, the instruction of a father, And attend to know understanding:
20-4:2 For I give you good doctrine; Forsake ye not my law.
20-4:3 For I was a son unto my father, Tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
20-4:4 And he taught me, and said unto me: Let thy heart retain my words; Keep my commandments, and live;
20-4:5 Get wisdom, get understanding; Forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth;
20-4:6 Forsake her not, and she will preserve thee; Love her, and she will keep thee.
20-4:7 Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom; Yea, with all thy getting get understanding.
20-4:8 Exalt her, and she will promote thee; She will bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.
20-4:9 She will give to thy head a chaplet of grace; A crown of beauty will she deliver to thee.
20-4:10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; And the years of thy life shall be many.
20-4:11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in paths of uprightness.
20-4:12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; And if thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
20-4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: Keep her; for she is thy life.
20-4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, And walk not in the way of evil men.
20-4:15 Avoid it, pass not by it; Turn from it, and pass on.
20-4:16 For they sleep not, except they do evil; And their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
20-4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence.
20-4:18 But the path of the righteous is as the dawning light, That shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
20-4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: They know not at what they stumble.
20-4:20 My son, attend to my words; Incline thine ear unto my sayings.
20-4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; Keep them in the midst of thy heart.
20-4:22 For they are life unto those that find them, And health to all their flesh.
20-4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life.
20-4:24 Put away from thee a wayward mouth, And perverse lips put far from thee.
20-4:25 Let thine eyes look right on, And let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
20-4:26 Make level the path of thy feet, And let all thy ways be established.
20-4:27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: Remove thy foot from evil.
Chapter 5:23 Verses
20-5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom; Incline thine ear to my understanding:
20-5:2 That thou mayest preserve discretion, And that thy lips may keep knowledge.
20-5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil:
20-5:4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.
20-5:5 Her feet go down to death; Her steps take hold on Sheol;
20-5:6 So that she findeth not the level path of life: Her ways are unstable, [and] she knoweth [it] not.
20-5:7 Now therefore, [my] sons, hearken unto me, And depart not from the words of my mouth.
20-5:8 Remove thy way far from her, And come not nigh the door of her house;
20-5:9 Lest thou give thine honor unto others, And thy years unto the cruel;
20-5:10 Lest strangers be filled with thy strength, And thy labors [be] in the house of an alien,
20-5:11 And thou mourn at thy latter end, When thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
20-5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, And my heart despised reproof;
20-5:13 Neither have I obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
20-5:14 I was well-nigh in all evil In the midst of the assembly and congregation.
20-5:15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, And running waters out of thine own well.
20-5:16 Should thy springs be dispersed abroad, And streams of water in the streets?
20-5:17 Let them be for thyself alone, And not for strangers with thee.
20-5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed; And rejoice in the wife of thy youth.
20-5:19 [As] a loving hind and a pleasant doe, Let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; And be thou ravished always with her love.
20-5:20 For why shouldest thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?
20-5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of Jehovah; And he maketh level all his paths.
20-5:22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked, And he shall be holden with the cords of his sin.
20-5:23 He shall die for lack of instruction; And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
Chapter 6:35 Verses
20-6:1 My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbor, If thou hast stricken thy hands for a stranger;
20-6:2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, Thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
20-6:3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, Seeing thou art come into the hand of thy neighbor: Go, humble thyself, and importune thy neighbor;
20-6:4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, Nor slumber to thine eyelids;
20-6:5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], And as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
20-6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; Consider her ways, and be wise:
20-6:7 Which having no chief, Overseer, or ruler,
20-6:8 Provideth her bread in the summer, And gathereth her food in the harvest.
20-6:9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
20-6:10 [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep:
20-6:11 So shall thy poverty come as a robber, And thy want as an armed man.
20-6:12 A worthless person, a man of iniquity, Is he that walketh with a perverse mouth;
20-6:13 That winketh with his eyes, that speaketh with his feet, That maketh signs with his fingers;
20-6:14 In whose heart is perverseness, Who deviseth evil continually, Who soweth discord.
20-6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; On a sudden shall he be broken, and that without remedy.
20-6:16 There are six things which Jehovah hateth; Yea, seven which are an abomination unto him:
20-6:17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood;
20-6:18 A heart that deviseth wicked purposes, Feet that are swift in running to mischief,
20-6:19 A false witness that uttereth lies, And he that soweth discord among brethren.
20-6:20 My son, keep the commandment of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother:
20-6:21 Bind them continually upon thy heart; Tie them about thy neck.
20-6:22 When thou walkest, it shall lead thee; When thou sleepest, it shall watch over thee; And when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
20-6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; And reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
20-6:24 To keep thee from the evil woman, From the flattery of the foreigner’s tongue.
20-6:25 Lust not after her beauty in thy heart; Neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
20-6:26 For on account of a harlot [a man is brought] to a piece of bread; And the adulteress hunteth for the precious life.
20-6:27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?
20-6:28 Or can one walk upon hot coals, And his feet not be scorched?
20-6:29 So he that goeth in to his neighbor’s wife; Whosoever toucheth her shall not be unpunished.
20-6:30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal To satisfy himself when he is hungry:
20-6:31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; He shall give all the substance of his house.
20-6:32 He that committeth adultery with a woman is void of understanding: He doeth it who would destroy his own soul.
20-6:33 Wounds and dishonor shall he get; And his reproach shall not be wiped away.
20-6:34 For jealousy is the rage of a man; And he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
20-6:35 He will not regard any ransom; Neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
Chapter 7:27 Verses
20-7:1 My son, keep my words, And lay up my commandments with thee.
20-7:2 Keep my commandments and live; And my law as the apple of thine eye.
20-7:3 Bind them upon thy fingers; Write them upon the tablet of thy heart.
20-7:4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; And call understanding [thy] kinswoman:
20-7:5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, From the foreigner that flattereth with her words.
20-7:6 For at the window of my house I looked forth through my lattice;
20-7:7 And I beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, A young man void of understanding,
20-7:8 Passing through the street near her corner; And he went the way to her house,
20-7:9 In the twilight, in the evening of the day, In the middle of the night and in the darkness.
20-7:10 And, behold, there met him a woman With the attire of a harlot, and wily of heart.
20-7:11 She is clamorous and wilful; Her feet abide not in her house:
20-7:12 Now she is in the streets, now in the broad places, And lieth in wait at every corner.
20-7:13 So she caught him, and kissed him, [And] with an impudent face she said unto him:
20-7:14 Sacrifices of peace-offerings are with me; This day have I paid my vows.
20-7:15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, Diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
20-7:16 I have spread my couch with carpets of tapestry, With striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt.
20-7:17 I have perfumed my bed With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
20-7:18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning; Let us solace ourselves with loves.
20-7:19 For the man is not at home; He is gone a long journey:
20-7:20 He hath taken a bag of money with him; He will come home at the full moon.
20-7:21 With her much fair speech she causeth him to yield; With the flattering of her lips she forceth him along.
20-7:22 He goeth after her straightway, As an ox goeth to the slaughter, Or as [one in] fetters to the correction of the fool;
20-7:23 Till an arrow strike through his liver; As a bird hasteth to the snare, And knoweth not that it is for his life.
20-7:24 Now therefore, [my] sons, hearken unto me, And attend to the words of my mouth.
20-7:25 Let not thy heart decline to her ways; Go not astray in her paths.
20-7:26 For she hath cast down many wounded: Yea, all her slain are a mighty host.
20-7:27 Her house is the way to Sheol, Going down to the chambers of death.
Chapter 8:36 Verses
20-8:1 Doth not wisdom cry, And understanding put forth her voice?
20-8:2 On the top of high places by the way, Where the paths meet, she standeth;
20-8:3 Beside the gates, at the entry of the city, At the coming in at the doors, she crieth aloud:
20-8:4 Unto you, O men, I call; And my voice is to the sons of men.
20-8:5 O ye simple, understand prudence; And, ye fools, be of an understanding heart.
20-8:6 Hear, for I will speak excellent things; And the opening of my lips shall be right things.
20-8:7 For my mouth shall utter truth; And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
20-8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing crooked or perverse in them.
20-8:9 They are all plain to him that understandeth, And right to them that find knowledge.
20-8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; And knowledge rather than choice gold.
20-8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; And all the things that may be desired are not to be compared unto it.
20-8:12 I wisdom have made prudence my dwelling, And find