For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong [men] have been slain by her.
My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
Let not thine heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.
Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
The glory of young men [is] their strength: and the beauty of old men [is] the gray head.
Cease, my son, to hear the instruction [that causeth] to err from the words of knowledge.
He that wasteth [his] father, [and] chaseth away [his] mother, [is] a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
Her house [is] the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son [is] the heaviness of his mother.
A wise son [heareth] his father's instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
A foolish son [is] a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife [are] a continual dropping.
Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise [child] shall have joy of him.
Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
A wise man [is] strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors [there is] safety.
Wisdom [is] too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
The thought of foolishness [is] sin: and the scorner [is] an abomination to men.
Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
They have stricken me, [shalt thou say, and] I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I felt [it] not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
For a whore [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit.
She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright.
At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
[If] thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
[Men] do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
But [if] he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
[But] whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he [that] doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
For jealousy [is] the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.
So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Bind them continually upon thine heart, [and] tie them about thy neck.
When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and [when] thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
For the commandment [is] a lamp; and the law [is] light; and reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life:
To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
For by means of a whorish woman [a man is brought] to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.
Say unto wisdom, Thou [art] my sister; and call understanding [thy] kinswoman:
That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words.
I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.
For the goodman [is] not at home, he is gone a long journey:
He hath taken a bag of money with him, [and] will come home at the day appointed.
With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;
Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it [is] for his life.
Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved [works], with fine linen of Egypt.
Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
[I have] peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.
For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,
And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,
In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:
And, behold, there met him a woman [with] the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.
(She [is] loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
Now [is she] without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)
So she caught him, and kissed him, [and] with an impudent face said unto him,
Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.
If thou forbear to deliver [them that are] drawn unto death, and [those that are] ready to be slain;
And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put [it] on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on [his] feet:
And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill [it]; and let us eat, and be merry:
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
And he said, A certain man had two sons:
And the younger of them said to [his] father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth [to me]. And he divided unto them [his] living.
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
And he answering said to [his] father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
1 John 2:13
I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him [that is] from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
1 John 2:14
I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him [that is] from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:16
For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
2 Timothy 2:23
But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.
2 Timothy 2:22
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none [is] good, save one, [that is], God.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.
Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.
1 John 2:17
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider [it]? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth [not] he know [it]? and shall [not] he render to [every] man according to his works?
He that saith unto the wicked, Thou [art] righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
But to them that rebuke [him] shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
[Every man] shall kiss [his] lips that giveth a right answer.
Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive [not] with thy lips.
Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, [and] nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
These [things] also [belong] to the wise. [It is] not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?
My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: [and] meddle not with them that are given to change:
My son, eat thou honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste:
So [shall] the knowledge of wisdom [be] unto thy soul: when thou hast found [it], then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
Lay not wait, O wicked [man], against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:
Lest the LORD see [it], and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.
Fret not thyself because of evil [men], neither be thou envious at the wicked;
For there shall be no reward to the evil [man]; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.
Then I saw, [and] considered [it] well: I looked upon [it, and] received instruction.
[Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
So shall thy poverty come [as] one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me.
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God.
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; [but] thou saidst, I will not hear. This [hath been] thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not my voice.
Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from the passages: for all thy lovers are destroyed.
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
Whoso keepeth the law [is] a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous [men] shameth his father.
Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth [his] substance.
The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah; They shall not lament for him, [saying], Ah my brother! or, Ah sister! they shall not lament for him, [saying], Ah lord! or, Ah his glory!
He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.
He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: [he is] a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; [yea], every good path.
When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
To deliver thee from the way of the evil [man], from the man that speaketh froward things;
Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures;
Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, [and] liftest up thy voice for understanding;
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;
So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, [and] apply thine heart to understanding;
Who rejoice to do evil, [and] delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
Whose ways [are] crooked, and [they] froward in their paths:
To deliver thee from the strange woman, [even] from the stranger [which] flattereth with her words;
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son [in whom] he delighteth.
Happy [is] the man [that] findeth wisdom, and the man [that] getteth understanding.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.
None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
That thou mayest walk in the way of good [men], and keep the paths of the righteous.
For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
For the merchandise of it [is] better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do.
1 Kings 12:15
Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
2 Chronicles 10:8
But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.
BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed [thereto] according to thy word.
Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory [is] above the earth and heaven.
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
1 Kings 12:14
And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father [also] chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
1 Kings 12:13
And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him;
1 Kings 12:12
So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.
And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD.
1 Kings 12:6
And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?
1 Kings 12:7
And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
1 Kings 12:8
But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, [and] which stood before him:
1 Kings 12:9
And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?
1 Kings 12:10
And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou [it] lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little [finger] shall be thicker than my father's loins.
1 Kings 12:11
And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
And they lay wait for their [own] blood; they lurk privily for their [own] lives.
So [are] the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; [which] taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:
She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, [saying],
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.
For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.
My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.
My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
For they [shall be] an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.
If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
She [is] more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours [be] in the house of a stranger;
And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!
I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.
Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, [and] rivers of waters in the streets.
Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, [that] thou canst not know [them].
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
My son, attend unto my wisdom, [and] bow thine ear to my understanding:
That thou mayest regard discretion, and [that] thy lips may keep knowledge.
For the lips of a strange woman drop [as] an honeycomb, and her mouth [is] smoother than oil:
But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.
Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
[Let her be as] the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
Provideth her meat in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest.
How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
[Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
Frowardness [is] in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?
For the ways of man [are] before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.
He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
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.
Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.
Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him:
Length of days [is] in her right hand; [and] in her left hand riches and honour.
Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
For the froward [is] abomination to the LORD: but his secret [is] with the righteous.
The curse of the LORD [is] in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do [it].
For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
Her ways [are] ways of pleasantness, and all her paths [are] peace.
She [is] a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy [is every one] that retaineth her.
The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.
My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:
So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
For I was my father's son, tender and only [beloved] in the sight of my mother.
Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause [some] to fall.
For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
The way of the wicked [is] as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil [men].
Take fast hold of instruction; let [her] not go: keep her; for she [is] thy life.
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget [it] not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
Wisdom [is] the principal thing; [therefore] get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.