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Wise Sayings of Solomon 1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise child makes a glad father, but a foolish child is a mother's grief.2Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death.3The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.4A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.5A child who gathers in summer is prudent, but a child who sleeps in harvest brings shame.6Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.7The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.8The wise of heart will heed commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin.9Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever follows perverse ways will be found out.10Whoever winks the eye causes trouble, but the one who rebukes boldly makes peace.11The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.12Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.13On the lips of one who has understanding wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of one who lacks sense.14The wise lay up knowledge, but the babbling of a fool brings ruin near.15The wealth of the rich is their fortress; the poverty of the poor is their ruin.16The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin.17Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but one who rejects a rebuke goes astray.18Lying lips conceal hatred, and whoever utters slander is a fool.19When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but the prudent are restrained in speech.20The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the mind of the wicked is of little worth.21The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.22The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.23Doing wrong is like sport to a fool, but wise conduct is pleasure to a person of understanding.24What the wicked dread will come upon them, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.25When the tempest passes, the wicked are no more, but the righteous are established forever.26Like vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so are the lazy to their employers.27The fear of the Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.28The hope of the righteous ends in gladness, but the expectation of the wicked comes to nothing.29The way of the Lord is a stronghold for the upright, but destruction for evildoers.30The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not remain in the land.31The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.32The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.Chapter 111A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but an accurate weight is his delight.2When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but wisdom is with the humble.3The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.4Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.5The righteousness of the blameless keeps their ways straight, but the wicked fall by their own wickedness.6The righteousness of the upright saves them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their schemes.7When the wicked die, their hope perishes, and the expectation of the godless comes to nothing.8The righteous are delivered from trouble, and the wicked get into it instead.9With their mouths the godless would destroy their neighbors, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.10When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.11By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.12Whoever belittles another lacks sense, but an intelligent person remains silent.13A gossip goes about telling secrets, but one who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a confidence.14Where there is no guidance, a nation falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.15To guarantee loans for a stranger brings trouble, but there is safety in refusing to do so.16A gracious woman gets honor, but she who hates virtue is covered with shame. The timid become destitute, but the aggressive gain riches.17Those who are kind reward themselves, but the cruel do themselves harm.18The wicked earn no real gain, but those who sow righteousness get a true reward.19Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but whoever pursues evil will die.20Crooked minds are an abomination to the Lord, but those of blameless ways are his delight.21Be assured, the wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will escape.22Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman without good sense.23The desire of the righteous ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked in wrath.24Some give freely, yet grow all the richer; others withhold what is due, and only suffer want.25A generous person will be enriched, and one who gives water will get water.26The people curse those who hold back grain, but a blessing is on the head of those who sell it.27Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to the one who searches for it.28Those who trust in their riches will wither, but the righteous will flourish like green leaves.29Those who trouble their households will inherit wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.30The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, but violence takes lives away.31If the righteous are repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and the sinner!Chapter 121Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but those who hate to be rebuked are stupid.2The good obtain favor from the Lord, but those who devise evil he condemns.3No one finds security by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved.4A good wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.5The thoughts of the righteous are just; the advice of the wicked is treacherous.6The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush, but the speech of the upright delivers them.7The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous will stand.8One is commended for good sense, but a perverse mind is despised.9Better to be despised and have a servant, than to be self-important and lack food.10The righteous know the needs of their animals, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.11Those who till their land will have plenty of food, but those who follow worthless pursuits have no sense.12The wicked covet the proceeds of wickedness, but the root of the righteous bears fruit.13The evil are ensnared by the transgression of their lips, but the righteous escape from trouble.14From the fruit of the mouth one is filled with good things, and manual labor has its reward.15Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to advice.16Fools show their anger at once, but the prudent ignore an insult.17Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness speaks deceitfully.18Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.19Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.20Deceit is in the mind of those who plan evil, but those who counsel peace have joy.21No harm happens to the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble.22Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight.23One who is clever conceals knowledge, but the mind of a fool broadcasts folly.24The hand of the diligent will rule, while the lazy will be put to forced labor.25Anxiety weighs down the human heart, but a good word cheers it up.26The righteous gives good advice to friends, but the way of the wicked leads astray.27The lazy do not roast their game, but the diligent obtain precious wealth.28In the path of righteousness there is life, in walking its path there is no death.Chapter 131A wise child loves discipline, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.2From the fruit of their words good persons eat good things, but the desire of the treacherous is for wrongdoing.3Those who guard their mouths preserve their lives; those who open wide their lips come to ruin.4The appetite of the lazy craves, and gets nothing, while the appetite of the diligent is richly supplied.5The righteous hate falsehood, but the wicked act shamefully and disgracefully.6Righteousness guards one whose way is upright, but sin overthrows the wicked.7Some pretend to be rich, yet have nothing; others pretend to be poor, yet have great wealth.8Wealth is a ransom for a person's life, but the poor get no threats.9The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked goes out.10By insolence the heedless make strife, but wisdom is with those who take advice.11Wealth hastily gotten will dwindle, but those who gather little by little will increase it.12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.13Those who despise the word bring destruction on themselves, but those who respect the commandment will be rewarded.14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, so that one may avoid the snares of death.15Good sense wins favor, but the way of the faithless is their ruin.16The clever do all things intelligently, but the fool displays folly.17A bad messenger brings trouble, but a faithful envoy, healing.18Poverty and disgrace are for the one who ignores instruction, but one who heeds reproof is honored.19A desire realized is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.20Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.21Misfortune pursues sinners, but prosperity rewards the righteous.22The good leave an inheritance to their children's children, but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous.23The field of the poor may yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice.24Those who spare the rod hate their children, but those who love them are diligent to discipline them.25The righteous have enough to satisfy their appetite, but the belly of the wicked is empty.Chapter 141The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands.2Those who walk uprightly fear the Lord, but one who is devious in conduct despises him.3The talk of fools is a rod for their backs, but the lips of the wise preserve them.4Where there are no oxen, there is no grain; abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.5A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.6A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for one who understands.7Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not find words of knowledge.8It is the wisdom of the clever to understand where they go, but the folly of fools misleads.9Fools mock at the guilt offering, but the upright enjoy God's favor.10The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy.11The house of the wicked is destroyed, but the tent of the upright flourishes.12There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.13Even in laughter the heart is sad, and the end of joy is grief.14The perverse get what their ways deserve, and the good, what their deeds deserve.15The simple believe everything, but the clever consider their steps.16The wise are cautious and turn away from evil, but the fool throws off restraint and is careless.17One who is quick-tempered acts foolishly, and the schemer is hated.18The simple are adorned with folly, but the clever are crowned with knowledge.19The evil bow down before the good, the wicked at the gates of the righteous.20The poor are disliked even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.21Those who despise their neighbors are sinners, but happy are those who are kind to the poor.22Do they not err that plan evil? Those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.23In all toil there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.24The crown of the wise is their wisdom, but folly is the garland of fools.25A truthful witness saves lives, but one who utters lies is a betrayer.26In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and one's children will have a refuge.27The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, so that one may avoid the snares of death.28The glory of a king is a multitude of people; without people a prince is ruined.29Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but one who has a hasty temper exalts folly.30A tranquil mind gives life to the flesh, but passion makes the bones rot.31Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honor him.32The wicked are overthrown by their evildoing, but the righteous find a refuge in their integrity.33Wisdom is at home in the mind of one who has understanding, but it is not known in the heart of fools.34Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.35A servant who deals wisely has the king's favor, but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully.Chapter 151A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.2The tongue of the wise dispenses knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.3The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.4A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.5A fool despises a parent's instruction, but the one who heeds admonition is prudent.6In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.7The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the minds of fools.8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but he loves the one who pursues righteousness.10There is severe discipline for one who forsakes the way, but one who hates a rebuke will die.11Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord, how much more human hearts!12Scoffers do not like to be rebuked; they will not go to the wise.13A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.14The mind of one who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.15All the days of the poor are hard, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.16Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it.17Better is a dinner of vegetables where love is than a fatted ox and hatred with it.18Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife, but those who are slow to anger calm contention.19The way of the lazy is overgrown with thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.20A wise child makes a glad father, but the foolish despise their mothers.21Folly is a joy to one who has no sense, but a person of understanding walks straight ahead.22Without counsel, plans go wrong, but with many advisers they succeed.23To make an apt answer is a joy to anyone, and a word in season, how good it is!24For the wise the path of life leads upward, in order to avoid Sheol below.25The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but maintains the widow's boundaries.26Evil plans are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure.27Those who are greedy for unjust gain make trouble for their households, but those who hate bribes will live.28The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.29The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.30The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the body.31The ear that heeds wholesome admonition will lodge among the wise.32Those who ignore instruction despise themselves, but those who heed admonition gain understanding.33The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility goes before honor. Chapter 161The plans of the mind belong to mortals, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.2All one's ways may be pure in one's own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.3Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.4The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.5All those who are arrogant are an abomination to the Lord; be assured, they will not go unpunished.6By loyalty and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one avoids evil.7When the ways of people please the Lord, he causes even their enemies to be at peace with them.8Better is a little with righteousness than large income with injustice.9The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.10Inspired decisions are on the lips of a king; his mouth does not sin in judgment.11Honest balances and scales are the Lord's; all the weights in the bag are his work.12It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness.13Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves those who speak what is right.14A king's wrath is a messenger of death, and whoever is wise will appease it.15In the light of a king's face there is life, and his favor is like the clouds that bring the spring rain.16How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.17The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their way preserve their lives.18Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.19It is better to be of a lowly spirit among the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.20Those who are attentive to a matter will prosper, and happy are those who trust in the Lord.21The wise of heart is called perceptive, and pleasant speech increases persuasiveness.22Wisdom is a fountain of life to one who has it, but folly is the punishment of fools.23The mind of the wise makes their speech judicious, and adds persuasiveness to their lips.24Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.25Sometimes there is a way that seems to be right, but in the end it is the way to death.26The appetite of workers works for them; their hunger urges them on.27Scoundrels concoct evil, and their speech is like a scorching fire.28A perverse person spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.29The violent entice their neighbors, and lead them in a way that is not good.30One who winks the eyes plans perverse things; one who compresses the lips brings evil to pass.31Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.32One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city.33The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is the Lord's alone.Chapter 171Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.2A slave who deals wisely will rule over a child who acts shamefully, and will share the inheritance as one of the family.3The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.4An evildoer listens to wicked lips; and a liar gives heed to a mischievous tongue.5Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who are glad at calamity will not go unpunished.6Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their parents.7Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a ruler.8A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of those who give it; wherever they turn they prosper.9One who forgives an affront fosters friendship, but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend.10A rebuke strikes deeper into a discerning person than a hundred blows into a fool.11Evil people seek only rebellion, but a cruel messenger will be sent against them.12Better to meet a she-bear robbed of its cubs than to confront a fool immersed in folly.13Evil will not depart from the house of one who returns evil for good.14The beginning of strife is like letting out water; so stop before the quarrel breaks out.15One who justifies the wicked and one who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord.16Why should fools have a price in hand to buy wisdom, when they have no mind to learn?17A friend loves at all times, and kinsfolk are born to share adversity.18It is senseless to give a pledge, to become surety for a neighbor.19One who loves transgression loves strife; one who builds a high threshold invites broken bones.20The crooked of mind do not prosper, and the perverse of tongue fall into calamity.21The one who begets a fool gets trouble; the parent of a fool has no joy.22A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.23The wicked accept a concealed bribe to pervert the ways of justice.24The discerning person looks to wisdom, but the eyes of a fool to the ends of the earth.25Foolish children are a grief to their father and bitterness to her who bore them.26To impose a fine on the innocent is not right, or to flog the noble for their integrity.27One who spares words is knowledgeable; one who is cool in spirit has understanding.28Even fools who keep silent are considered wise; when they close their lips, they are deemed intelligent.Chapter 181The one who lives alone is self-indulgent, showing contempt for all who have sound judgment.2A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion.3When wickedness comes, contempt comes also; and with dishonor comes disgrace.4The words of the mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a gushing stream.5It is not right to be partial to the guilty, or to subvert the innocent in judgment.6A fool's lips bring strife, and a fool's mouth invites a flogging.7The mouths of fools are their ruin, and their lips a snare to themselves.8The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.9One who is slack in work is close kin to a vandal.10The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.11The wealth of the rich is their strong city; in their imagination it is like a high wall.12Before destruction one's heart is haughty, but humility goes before honor.13If one gives answer before hearing, it is folly and shame.14The human spirit will endure sickness; but a broken spirit—who can bear?15An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.16A gift opens doors; it gives access to the great.17The one who first states a case seems right, until the other comes and cross-examines.18Casting the lot puts an end to disputes and decides between powerful contenders.19An ally offended is stronger than a city; such quarreling is like the bars of a castle.20From the fruit of the mouth one's stomach is satisfied; the yield of the lips brings satisfaction.21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.22He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.23The poor use entreaties, but the rich answer roughly.24Some friends play at friendship but a true friend sticks closer than one's nearest kin.Chapter 191Better the poor walking in integrity than one perverse of speech who is a fool.2Desire without knowledge is not good, and one who moves too hurriedly misses the way.3One's own folly leads to ruin, yet the heart rages against the Lord.4Wealth brings many friends, but the poor are left friendless.5A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will not escape.6Many seek the favor of the generous, and everyone is a friend to a giver of gifts.7If the poor are hated even by their kin, how much more are they shunned by their friends! When they call after them, they are not there.8To get wisdom is to love oneself; to keep understanding is to prosper.9A false witness will not go unpunished, and the liar will perish.10It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury, much less for a slave to rule over princes.11Those with good sense are slow to anger, and it is their glory to overlook an offense.12A king's anger is like the growling of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.13A stupid child is ruin to a father, and a wife's quarreling is a continual dripping of rain.14House and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.15Laziness brings on deep sleep; an idle person will suffer hunger.16Those who keep the commandment will live; those who are heedless of their ways will die.17Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full.18Discipline your children while there is hope; do not set your heart on their destruction.19A violent tempered person will pay the penalty; if you effect a rescue, you will only have to do it again.20Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future.21The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.22What is desirable in a person is loyalty, and it is better to be poor than a liar.23The fear of the Lord is life indeed; filled with it one rests secure and suffers no harm.24The lazy person buries a hand in the dish, and will not even bring it back to the mouth.25Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove the intelligent, and they will gain knowledge.26Those who do violence to their father and chase away their mother are children who cause shame and bring reproach.27Cease straying, my child, from the words of knowledge, in order that you may hear instruction.28A worthless witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.29Condemnation is ready for scoffers, and flogging for the backs of fools.Chapter 201Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.2The dread anger of a king is like the growling of a lion; anyone who provokes him to anger forfeits life itself.3It is honorable to refrain from strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.4The lazy person does not plow in season; harvest comes, and there is nothing to be found.5The purposes in the human mind are like deep water, but the intelligent will draw them out.6Many proclaim themselves loyal, but who can find one worthy of trust?7The righteous walk in integrity— happy are the children who follow them!8A king who sits on the throne of judgment winnows all evil with his eyes.9Who can say, “I have made my heart clean; I am pure from my sin”?10Diverse weights and diverse measures are both alike an abomination to the Lord.11Even children make themselves known by their acts, by whether what they do is pure and right.12The hearing ear and the seeing eye— the Lord has made them both.13Do not love sleep, or else you will come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.14“Bad, bad,” says the buyer, then goes away and boasts.15There is gold, and abundance of costly stones; but the lips informed by knowledge are a precious jewel.16Take the garment of one who has given surety for a stranger; seize the pledge given as surety for foreigners.17Bread gained by deceit is sweet, but afterward the mouth will be full of gravel.18Plans are established by taking advice; wage war by following wise guidance.19A gossip reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a babbler.20If you curse father or mother, your lamp will go out in utter darkness.21An estate quickly acquired in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.22Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will help you.23Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord, and false scales are not good.24All our steps are ordered by the Lord; how then can we understand our own ways?25It is a snare for one to say rashly, “It is holy,” and begin to reflect only after making a vow.26A wise king winnows the wicked, and drives the wheel over them.27The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord, searching every inmost part.28Loyalty and faithfulness preserve the king, and his throne is upheld by righteousness.29The glory of youths is their strength, but the beauty of the aged is their gray hair.30Blows that wound cleanse away evil; beatings make clean the innermost parts.Chapter 211The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.2All deeds are right in the sight of the doer, but the Lord weighs the heart.3To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.4Haughty eyes and a proud heart— the lamp of the wicked—are sin.5The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to want.6The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.7The violence of the wicked will sweep them away, because they refuse to do what is just.8The way of the guilty is crooked, but the conduct of the pure is right.9It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a contentious wife.10The souls of the wicked desire evil; their neighbors find no mercy in their eyes.11When a scoffer is punished, the simple become wiser; when the wise are instructed, they increase in knowledge.12The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked; he casts the wicked down to ruin.13If you close your ear to the cry of the poor, you will cry out and not be heard.14A gift in secret averts anger; and a concealed bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.15When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous, but dismay to evildoers.16Whoever wanders from the way of understanding will rest in the assembly of the dead.17Whoever loves pleasure will suffer want; whoever loves wine and oil will not be rich.18The wicked is a ransom for the righteous, and the faithless for the upright.19It is better to live in a desert land than with a contentious and fretful wife.20Precious treasure remains in the house of the wise, but the fool devours it.21Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor.22One wise person went up against a city of warriors and brought down the stronghold in which they trusted.23To watch over mouth and tongue is to keep out of trouble.24The proud, haughty person, named “Scoffer,” acts with arrogant pride.25The craving of the lazy person is fatal, for lazy hands refuse to labor.26All day long the wicked covet, but the righteous give and do not hold back.27The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; how much more when brought with evil intent.28A false witness will perish, but a good listener will testify successfully.29The wicked put on a bold face, but the upright give thought to their ways.30No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel, can avail against the Lord.31The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.Chapter 221A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.2The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord is the maker of them all.3The clever see danger and hide; but the simple go on, and suffer for it.4The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.5Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; the cautious will keep far from them.6Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.7The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.8Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of anger will fail.9Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor.10Drive out a scoffer, and strife goes out; quarreling and abuse will cease.11Those who love a pure heart and are gracious in speech will have the king as a friend.12The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the faithless.13The lazy person says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!”14The mouth of a loose woman is a deep pit; he with whom the Lord is angry falls into it.15Folly is bound up in the heart of a boy, but the rod of discipline drives it far away.16Oppressing the poor in order to enrich oneself, and giving to the rich, will lead only to loss.