Debate thy cause with thy neighbour [himself]; and discover not a secret to another:
If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom [is] profitable to direct.
Who [is] wise, and he shall understand these [things]? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD [are] right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it [is] an evil time.
Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]?
Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish [it], all that behold [it] begin to mock him,
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: [so doth] a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom [and] honour.
Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.
I [counsel thee] to keep the king's commandment, and [that] in regard of the oath of God.
Lest he that heareth [it] put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, [and] hideth himself; [but] the simple pass on, [and] are punished.
Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise [men] turn away wrath.
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise [man] keepeth it in till afterwards.
Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?
Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?
Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
1 Corinthians 10:27
If any of them that believe not bid you [to a feast], and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
1 Corinthians 10:28
But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth [is] the Lord's, and the fulness thereof:
1 Corinthians 10:29
Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another [man's] conscience?
1 Corinthians 10:30
For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:32
Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
1 Corinthians 10:33
Even as I please all [men] in all [things], not seeking mine own profit, but the [profit] of many, that they may be saved.
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
1 Corinthians 10:25
Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, [that] eat, asking no question for conscience sake:
1 Corinthians 10:23
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
1 Corinthians 6:12
All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1 Corinthians 8:8
But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
1 Corinthians 8:9
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
1 Corinthians 8:10
For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
1 Corinthians 8:11
And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?
1 Corinthians 8:12
But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.
1 Corinthians 8:13
Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Go not forth hastily to strive, lest [thou know not] what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
Every prudent [man] dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open [his] folly.
The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way: but the folly of fools [is] deceit.
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent [man] looketh well to his going.
A wise [man] feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame.
A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool [shall be] servant to the wise of heart.
Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what [is] good.
Psalms 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, [if] thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,
Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
He that is surety for a stranger shall smart [for it]: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.
He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy [is] he.
The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower [is] servant to the lender.
Be not thou [one] of them that strike hands, [or] of them that are sureties for debts.
If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee:
And put a knife to thy throat, if thou [be] a man given to appetite.
Be not desirous of his dainties: for they [are] deceitful meat.
Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.
A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
[There is] treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
A man void of understanding striketh hands, [and] becometh surety in the presence of his friend.
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
Also, [that] the soul [be] without knowledge, [it is] not good; and he that hasteth with [his] feet sinneth.
Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Take his garment that is surety [for] a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
[Every] purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
The thoughts of the diligent [tend] only to plenteousness; but of every one [that is] hasty only to want.
Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
Related Topics and Bible Verses
father (i.e., "leader") of the dance, or "of joy." (1.) The
sister of David, and wife of Jether an Ishmaelite (1 Chr.
2:16,17). She was the mother of Amasa (2 Sam. 17:25).
(2.) The wife of the churlish Nabal, who dwelt in the district
of Carmel (1 Sam. 25:3). She showed great prudence and delicate
management at a critical period of her husband's life. She was
"a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance."
After Nabal's death she became the wife of David (1 Sam.
25:14-42), and was his companion in all his future fortunes (1
Sam. 27:3; 30:5; 2 Sam. 2:2). By her David had a son called
Chileab (2 Sam. 3:3), elsewhere called Daniel (1 Chr. 3:1).
Proverbs, Book of
a collection of moral and philosophical maxims of a wide range
of subjects presented in a poetic form. This book sets forth the
"philosophy of practical life. It is the sign to us that the
Bible does not despise common sense and discretion. It impresses
upon us in the most forcible manner the value of intelligence
and prudence and of a good education. The whole strength of the
Hebrew language and of the sacred authority of the book is
thrown upon these homely truths. It deals, too, in that refined,
discriminating, careful view of the finer shades of human
character so often overlooked by theologians, but so necessary
to any true estimate of human life" (Stanley's Jewish Church).
As to the origin of this book, "it is probable that Solomon
gathered and recast many proverbs which sprang from human
experience in preceeding ages and were floating past him on the
tide of time, and that he also elaborated many new ones from the
material of his own experience. Towards the close of the book,
indeed, are preserved some of Solomon's own sayings that seem to
have fallen from his lips in later life and been gathered by
other hands' (Arnot's Laws from Heaven, etc.)
This book is usually divided into three parts: (1.) Consisting
of ch. 1-9, which contain an exhibition of wisdom as the highest
(2.) Consisting of ch. 10-24.
(3.) Containing proverbs of Solomon "which the men of
Hezekiah, the king of Judah, collected" (ch. 25-29).
These are followed by two supplements, (1) "The words of Agur"
(ch. 30); and (2) "The words of king Lemuel" (ch. 31).
Solomon is said to have written three thousand proverbs, and
those contained in this book may be a selection from these (1
Kings 4:32). In the New Testament there are thirty-five direct
quotations from this book or allusions to it.