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Proverbs 1:

Chapter 1:33 Verses

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20 Proverbs

20-1:1.†††† The proverbs of Solomon the son of David,

††††††††††† king of Israel;

20-1:2.†††† To know wisdom and instruction;

††††††††††† to perceive the words of understanding;

20-1:3.†††† To receive the instruction of wisdom,

††††††††††† justice,

††††††††††† and judgment,

††††††††††† and equity;

20-1:4.†††† To give subtilty to the simple,

††††††††††† to the young man knowledge and discretion.

20-1:5.†††† A wise man will hear,

††††††††††† and will increase learning;

††††††††††† and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

20-1:6.†††† To understand a proverb,

††††††††††† and the interpretation;

††††††††††† the words of the wise,

††††††††††† and their dark sayings.

20-1:7.†††† The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge:

††††††††††† but fools 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 an ornament 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 the grave;

††††††††††† 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.††† Cast in thy lot among us;

††††††††††† let us 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 make haste to shed blood.

20-1:17.††† Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

20-1:18.††† And they 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;

††††††††††† which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.

20-1:20.††† Wisdom crieth without;

††††††††††† she uttereth her voice in the streets:

20-1:21.††† She crieth in the chief place of concourse,

††††††††††† in the openings of the gates:

††††††††††† in the city she uttereth her words,

††††††††††† saying,

20-1:22.††† How long,

††††††††††† ye simple ones,

††††††††††† will ye love simplicity?

††††††††††† and the scorners delight in their scorning,

††††††††††† and fools hate knowledge?

20-1:23.††† Turn you at my reproof:

††††††††††† behold,

††††††††††† I will pour out my spirit unto you,

††††††††††† I will make known my words unto you.

20-1:24.††† Because I have called,

††††††††††† and ye refused;

††††††††††† I have stretched out my hand,

††††††††††† and no man 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 at your calamity;

††††††††††† I will mock when your fear cometh;

20-1:27.††† When your fear cometh as desolation,

††††††††††† and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind;

††††††††††† when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

20-1:28.††† Then shall they call upon me,

††††††††††† but I will not answer;

††††††††††† they shall seek me early,

††††††††††† but they shall not find me:

20-1:29.††† For that they hated knowledge,

††††††††††† and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

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 turning away of the simple shall slay them,

††††††††††† and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

20-1:33.††† But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely,

††††††††††† and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

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Proverbs 2:

Chapter 2:22 Verses

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20-2:1.†††† My son,

††††††††††† if thou wilt receive my words,

††††††††††† and hide my commandments with thee;

20-2:2.†††† So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom,

††††††††††† and apply thine heart to understanding;

20-2:3.†††† Yea,

††††††††††† if thou criest after knowledge,

††††††††††† and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

20-2:4.†††† If thou seekest her as silver,

††††††††††† and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

20-2:5.†††† Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD,

††††††††††† and find the knowledge of God.

20-2:6.†††† For the LORD giveth wisdom:

††††††††††† out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

20-2:7.†††† He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous:

††††††††††† he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.

20-2:8.†††† He keepeth the paths of judgment,

††††††††††† and preserveth the way of his saints.

20-2:9.†††† Then shalt thou understand righteousness,

††††††††††† and judgment,

††††††††††† and equity;

††††††††††† yea,

††††††††††† every good path.

20-2:10.††† When wisdom entereth into thine heart,

††††††††††† and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

20-2:11.††† Discretion shall preserve thee,

††††††††††† understanding shall keep thee:

20-2:12.††† To deliver thee from the way of the evil man,

††††††††††† from the man that speaketh froward things;

20-2:13.††† Who leave the paths of uprightness,

††††††††††† to walk in the ways of darkness;

20-2:14.††† Who rejoice to do evil,

††††††††††† and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;

20-2:15.††† Whose ways are crooked,

††††††††††† and they froward in their paths:

20-2:16.††† To deliver thee from the strange woman,

††††††††††† even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;

20-2:17.††† Which forsaketh the guide 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 take they hold of 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 earth,

††††††††††† and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

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Proverbs 3:

Chapter 3:35 Verses

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20-3:1.†††† My son,

††††††††††† forget not my law;

††††††††††† but let thine heart keep my commandments:

20-3:2.†††† For length of days,

††††††††††† and long life,

††††††††††† and peace,

††††††††††† shall they add to thee.

20-3:3.†††† Let not mercy and truth forsake thee:

††††††††††† bind them about thy neck;

††††††††††† write them upon the table of thine heart:

20-3:4.†††† So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

20-3:5.†††† Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;

††††††††††† and lean not unto thine own understanding.

20-3:6.†††† In all thy ways acknowledge him,

††††††††††† and he shall direct thy paths.

20-3:7.†††† Be not wise in thine own eyes:

††††††††††† fear the LORD,

††††††††††† and depart from evil.

20-3:8.†††† It shall be health to thy navel,

††††††††††† and marrow to thy bones.

20-3:9.†††† Honour the LORD with thy substance,

††††††††††† and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

20-3:10.††† So shall thy barns be filled with plenty,

††††††††††† and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

20-3:11.††† My son,

††††††††††† despise not the chastening of the LORD;

††††††††††† neither be weary of his correction:

20-3:12.††† For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth;

††††††††††† 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 merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver,

††††††††††† and the gain thereof than fine gold.

20-3:15.††† She is more precious than rubies:

††††††††††† and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

20-3:16.††† Length of days is in her right hand;

††††††††††† and in her left hand riches and honour.

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.††† The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth;

††††††††††† by understanding hath he established the heavens.

20-3:20.††† By his knowledge the depths are broken up,

††††††††††† and the clouds drop down the dew.

20-3:21.††† My son,

††††††††††† let not them 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 safely,

††††††††††† 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 the LORD shall be thy confidence,

††††††††††† and shall 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 thine hand to do it.

20-3:28.††† Say not unto thy neighbour,

††††††††††† Go,

††††††††††† and come again,

††††††††††† and to morrow I will give;

††††††††††† when thou hast it by thee.

20-3:29.††† Devise not evil against thy neighbour,

††††††††††† 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 oppressor,

††††††††††† and choose none of his ways.

20-3:32.††† For the froward is abomination to the LORD:

††††††††††† but his secret is with the righteous.

20-3:33.††† The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked:

††††††††††† but he blesseth the habitation of the just.

20-3:34.††† Surely he scorneth the scorners:

††††††††††† but he giveth grace unto the lowly.

20-3:35.††† The wise shall inherit glory:

††††††††††† but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

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Proverbs 4:

Chapter 4:27 Verses

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20-4:1.†††† Hear,

††††††††††† ye children,

††††††††††† 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 my fatherís son,

††††††††††† tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

20-4:4.†††† He taught me also,

††††††††††† and said unto me,

††††††††††† Let thine heart retain my words:

††††††††††† keep my commandments,

††††††††††† and live.

20-4:5.†††† Get wisdom,

††††††††††† get understanding:

††††††††††† forget it not;

††††††††††† neither decline from the words of my mouth.

20-4:6.†††† Forsake her not,

††††††††††† and she shall preserve thee:

††††††††††† love her,

††††††††††† and she shall keep thee.

20-4:7.†††† Wisdom is the principal thing;

††††††††††† therefore get wisdom:

††††††††††† and with all thy getting get understanding.

20-4:8.†††† Exalt her,

††††††††††† and she shall promote thee:

††††††††††† she shall bring thee to honour,

††††††††††† when thou dost embrace her.

20-4:9.†††† She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace:

††††††††††† a crown of glory shall 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 right paths.

20-4:12.††† When thou goest,

††††††††††† thy steps shall not be straitened;

††††††††††† and when 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 go not in the way of evil men.

20-4:15.††† Avoid it,

††††††††††† pass not by it,

††††††††††† turn from it,

††††††††††† and pass away.

20-4:16.††† For they sleep not,

††††††††††† except they have done mischief;

††††††††††† 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 just is as the shining 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 thine 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 froward 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.††† Ponder 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.

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Proverbs 5:

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20-5:1.†††† My son,

††††††††††† attend unto my wisdom,

††††††††††† and bow thine ear to my understanding:

20-5:2.†††† That thou mayest regard discretion,

††††††††††† and that thy lips may keep knowledge.

20-5:3.†††† For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb,

††††††††††† and her mouth is smoother than oil:

20-5:4.†††† But her end is bitter as wormwood,

††††††††††† sharp as a twoedged sword.

20-5:5.†††† Her feet go down to death;

††††††††††† her steps take hold on hell.

20-5:6.†††† Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life,

††††††††††† her ways are moveable,

††††††††††† that thou canst not know them.

20-5:7.†††† Hear me now therefore,

††††††††††† O ye children,

††††††††††† 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 honour unto others,

††††††††††† and thy years unto the cruel:

20-5:10.††† Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth;

††††††††††† and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;

20-5:11.††† And thou mourn at the last,

††††††††††† 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.††† And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers,

††††††††††† nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!

20-5:14.††† I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.

20-5:15.††† Drink waters out of thine own cistern,

††††††††††† and running waters out of thine own well.

20-5:16.††† Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad,

††††††††††† and rivers of waters in the streets.

20-5:17.††† Let them be only thine own,

††††††††††† and not strangersí with thee.

20-5:18.††† Let thy fountain be blessed:

††††††††††† and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

20-5:19.††† 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.

20-5:20.††† And why wilt thou,

††††††††††† my son,

††††††††††† be ravished with a strange woman,

††††††††††† and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

20-5:21.††† For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD,

††††††††††† and he pondereth all his goings.

20-5:22.††† His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself,

††††††††††† and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.

20-5:23.††† He shall die without instruction;

††††††††††† and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

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Proverbs 6:

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20-6:1.†††† My son,

††††††††††† if thou be surety for thy friend,

††††††††††† if thou hast stricken thy hand with 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,

††††††††††† when thou art come into the hand of thy friend;

††††††††††† go,

††††††††††† humble thyself,

††††††††††† and make sure thy friend.

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 guide,

††††††††††† overseer,

††††††††††† or ruler,

20-6:8.†††† Provideth her meat 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 one that travelleth,

††††††††††† and thy want as an armed man.

20-6:12.††† A naughty person,

††††††††††† a wicked man,

††††††††††† walketh with a froward mouth.

20-6:13.††† He winketh with his eyes,

††††††††††† he speaketh with his feet,

††††††††††† he teacheth with his fingers;

20-6:14.††† Frowardness is in his heart,

††††††††††† he deviseth mischief continually;

††††††††††† he soweth discord.

20-6:15.††† Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly;

††††††††††† suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.

20-6:16.††† These six things doth the LORD hate:

††††††††††† yea,

††††††††††† seven are an abomination unto him:

20-6:17.††† A proud look,

††††††††††† a lying tongue,

††††††††††† and hands that shed innocent blood,

20-6:18.††† An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations,

††††††††††† feet that be swift in running to mischief,

20-6:19.††† A false witness that speaketh lies,

††††††††††† and he that soweth discord among brethren.

20-6:20.††† My son,

††††††††††† keep thy fatherís commandment,

††††††††††† and forsake not the law of thy mother:

20-6:21.††† Bind them continually upon thine heart,

††††††††††† and tie them about thy neck.

20-6:22.††† When thou goest,

††††††††††† it shall lead thee;

††††††††††† when thou sleepest,

††††††††††† it shall keep 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 tongue of a strange woman.

20-6:25.††† Lust not after her beauty in thine heart;

††††††††††† neither let her take thee with her eyelids.

20-6:26.††† 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.

20-6:27.††† Can a man take fire in his bosom,

††††††††††† and his clothes not be burned?

20-6:28.††† Can one go upon hot coals,

††††††††††† and his feet not be burned?

20-6:29.††† So he that goeth in to his neighbourís wife;

††††††††††† whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.

20-6:30.††† Men do not despise a thief,

††††††††††† if he steal to satisfy his soul 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.††† But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding:

††††††††††† he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

20-6:33.††† A wound and dishonour shall he get;

††††††††††† and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

20-6:34.††† For jealousy is the rage of a man:

††††††††††† therefore 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.

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Proverbs 7:

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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 table of thine 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 stranger which flattereth with her words.

20-7:6.†††† For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,

20-7:7.†††† And 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,

††††††††††† in the black and dark night:

20-7:10.††† And,

††††††††††† behold,

††††††††††† there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot,

††††††††††† and subtil of heart.

20-7:11.††† (She is loud and stubborn;

††††††††††† her feet abide not in her house:

20-7:12.††† Now is she without,

††††††††††† now in the streets,

††††††††††† and lieth in wait at every corner.)

20-7:13.††† So she caught him,

††††††††††† and kissed him,

††††††††††† and with an impudent face said unto him,

20-7:14.††† I have peace offerings with me;

††††††††††† this day have I payed 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 decked my bed with coverings of tapestry,

††††††††††† with carved works,

††††††††††† with fine linen 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 goodman is not at home,

††††††††††† he is gone a long journey:

20-7:20.††† He hath taken a bag of money with him,

††††††††††† and will come home at the day appointed.

20-7:21.††† With her much fair speech she caused him to yield,

††††††††††† with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

20-7:22.††† He goeth after her straightway,

††††††††††† as an ox goeth to the slaughter,

††††††††††† or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

20-7:23.††† Till a dart strike through his liver;

††††††††††† as a bird hasteth to the snare,

††††††††††† and knoweth not that it is for his life.

20-7:24.††† Hearken unto me now therefore,

††††††††††† O ye children,

††††††††††† and attend to the words of my mouth.

20-7:25.††† Let not thine heart decline to her ways,

††††††††††† go not astray in her paths.

20-7:26.††† For she hath cast down many wounded:

††††††††††† yea,

††††††††††† many strong men have been slain by her.

20-7:27.††† Her house is the way to hell,

††††††††††† going down to the chambers of death.

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Proverbs 8:

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20-8:1.†††† Doth not wisdom cry?

††††††††††† and understanding put forth her voice?

20-8:2.†††† She standeth in the top of high places,

††††††††††† by the way in the places of the paths.

20-8:3.†††† She crieth at the gates,

††††††††††† at the entry of the city,

††††††††††† at the coming in at the doors.

20-8:4.†††† Unto you,

††††††††††† O men,

††††††††††† I call;

††††††††††† and my voice is to the sons of man.

20-8:5.†††† O ye simple,

††††††††††† understand wisdom:

††††††††††† and,

††††††††††† ye fools,

††††††††††† be ye of an understanding heart.

20-8:6.†††† Hear;

††††††††††† for I will speak of excellent things;

††††††††††† and the opening of my lips shall be right things.

20-8:7.†††† For my mouth shall speak truth;

††††††††††† and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

20-8:8.†††† All the words of my mouth are in righteousness;

††††††††††† there is nothing froward 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 to it.

20-8:12.††† I wisdom dwell with prudence,

††††††††††† and find out knowledge of witty inventions.

20-8:13.††† The fear of the LORD is to hate evil:

††††††††††† pride,

††††††††††† and arrogancy,

††††††††††† and the evil way,

††††††††††† and the froward mouth,

††††††††††† do I hate.

20-8:14.††† Counsel is mine,

††††††††††† and sound wisdom:

††††††††††† I am understanding;

††††††††††† I have strength.

20-8:15.††† By me kings reign,

††††††††††† and princes decree justice.

20-8:16.††† By me princes rule,

††††††††††† and nobles,

††††††††††† even all the judges of the earth.

20-8:17.††† I love them that love me;

††††††††††† and those that seek me early shall find me.

20-8:18.††† Riches and honour are with me;

††††††††††† yea,

††††††††††† durable riches and righteousness.

20-8:19.††† My fruit is better than gold,

††††††††††† yea,

††††††††††† than fine gold;

††††††††††† and my revenue than choice silver.

20-8:20.††† I lead in the way of righteousness,

††††††††††† in the midst of the paths of judgment:

20-8:21.††† That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance;

††††††††††† and I will fill their treasures.

20-8:22.††† The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way,

††††††††††† before his works of old.

20-8:23.††† I was set up from everlasting,

††††††††††† from the beginning,

††††††††††† or ever the earth was.

20-8:24.††† When there were no depths,

††††††††††† I was brought forth;

††††††††††† when there were no fountains abounding with water.

20-8:25.††† Before the mountains were settled,

††††††††††† before the hills was I brought forth:

20-8:26.††† While as yet he had not made the earth,

††††††††††† nor the fields,

††††††††††† nor the highest part of the dust of the world.

20-8:27.††† When he prepared the heavens,

††††††††††† I was there:

††††††††††† when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:

20-8:28.††† When he established the clouds above:

††††††††††† when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:

20-8:29.††† When he gave to the sea his decree,

††††††††††† that the waters should not pass his commandment:

††††††††††† when he appointed the foundations of the earth:

20-8:30.††† Then I was by him,

††††††††††† as one brought up with him:

††††††††††† and I was daily his delight,

††††††††††† rejoicing always before him;

20-8:31.††† Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth;

††††††††††† and my delights were with the sons of men.

20-8:32.††† Now therefore hearken unto me,

††††††††††† O ye children:

††††††††††† for blessed are they that keep my ways.

20-8:33.††† Hear instruction,

††††††††††† and be wise,

††††††††††† and refuse it not.

20-8:34.††† Blessed is the man that heareth me,

††††††††††† watching daily at my gates,

††††††††††† waiting at the posts of my doors.

20-8:35.††† For whoso findeth me findeth life,

††††††††††† and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

20-8:36.††† But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul:

††††††††††† all they that hate me love death.

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Proverbs 9:

Chapter 9:18 Verses

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20-9:1.†††† Wisdom hath builded her house,

††††††††††† she hath hewn out her seven pillars:

20-9:2.†††† She hath killed her beasts;

††††††††††† she hath mingled her wine;

††††††††††† she hath also furnished her table.

20-9:3.†††† She hath sent forth her maidens:

††††††††††† she crieth upon the highest places of the city,

20-9:4.†††† Whoso is simple,

††††††††††† let him turn in hither:

††††††††††† as for him that wanteth understanding,

††††††††††† she saith to him,

20-9:5.†††† Come,

††††††††††† eat of my bread,

††††††††††† and drink of the wine which I have mingled.

20-9:6.†††† Forsake the foolish,

††††††††††† and live;

††††††††††† and go in the way of understanding.

20-9:7.†††† He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame:

††††††††††† and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.

20-9:8.†††† Reprove not a scorner,

††††††††††† lest he hate thee:

††††††††††† rebuke a wise man,

††††††††††† and he will love thee.

20-9:9.†††† Give instruction to a wise man,

††††††††††† and he will be yet wiser:

††††††††††† teach a just man,

††††††††††† and he will increase in learning.

20-9:10.††† The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:

††††††††††† and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

20-9:11.††† For by me thy days shall be multiplied,

††††††††††† and the years of thy life shall be increased.

20-9:12.††† If thou be wise,

††††††††††† thou shalt be wise for thyself:

††††††††††† but if thou scornest,

††††††††††† thou alone shalt bear it.

20-9:13.††† A foolish woman is clamorous:

††††††††††† she is simple,

††††††††††† and knoweth nothing.

20-9:14.††† For she sitteth at the door of her house,

††††††††††† on a seat in the high places of the city,

20-9:15.††† To call passengers who go right on their ways:

20-9:16.††† Whoso is simple,

††††††††††† let him turn in hither:

††††††††††† and as for him that wanteth understanding,

††††††††††† she saith to him,

20-9:17.††† Stolen waters are sweet,

††††††††††† and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

20-9:18.††† But he knoweth not that the dead are there;

††††††††††† and that her guests are in the depths of hell.

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Proverbs 10:

Chapter 10:32 Verses

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20-10:1.††† The proverbs of Solomon.

††††††††††† A wise son maketh a glad father:

††††††††††† but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

20-10:2.††† Treasures of wickedness profit nothing:

††††††††††† but righteousness delivereth from death.

20-10:3.††† The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish:

††††††††††† but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

20-10:4.††† He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand:

††††††††††† but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

20-10:5.††† He that gathereth in summer is a wise son:

††††††††††† but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

20-10:6.††† Blessings are upon the head of the just:

††††††††††† but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

20-10:7.††† The memory of the just is blessed:

††††††††††† but the name of the wicked shall rot.

20-10:8.††† The wise in heart will receive commandments:

††††††††††† but a prating fool shall fall.

20-10:9.††† He that walketh uprightly walketh surely:

††††††††††† but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

20-10:10.†† He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow:

††††††††††† but a prating fool shall fall.

20-10:11.†† The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life:

††††††††††† but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

20-10:12.†† Hatred stirreth up strifes:

††††††††††† but love covereth all sins.

20-10:13.†† In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found:

††††††††††† but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

20-10:14.†† Wise men lay up knowledge:

††††††††††† but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

20-10:15.†† The rich manís wealth is his strong city:

††††††††††† the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

20-10:16.†† The labour of the righteous tendeth to life:

††††††††††† the fruit of the wicked to sin.

20-10:17.†† He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction:

††††††††††† but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

20-10:18.†† He that hideth hatred with lying lips,

††††††††††† and he that uttereth a slander,

††††††††††† is a fool.

20-10:19.†† In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin:

††††††††††† but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

20-10:20.†† The tongue of the just is as choice silver:

††††††††††† the heart of the wicked is little worth.

20-10:21.†† The lips of the righteous feed many:

††††††††††† but fools die for want of wisdom.

20-10:22.†† The blessing of the LORD,

††††††††††† it maketh rich,

††††††††††† and he addeth no sorrow with it.

20-10:23.†† It is as sport to a fool to do mischief:

††††††††††† but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

20-10:24.†† The fear of the wicked,

††††††††††† it shall come upon him:

††††††††††† but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

20-10:25.†† As the whirlwind passeth,

††††††††††† so is the wicked no more:

††††††††††† but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

20-10:26.†† As vinegar to the teeth,

††††††††††† and as smoke to the eyes,

††††††††††† so is the sluggard to them that send him.

20-10:27.†† The fear of the LORD prolongeth days:

††††††††††† but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

20-10:28.†† The hope of the righteous shall be gladness:

††††††††††† but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

20-10:29.†† The way of the LORD is strength to the upright:

††††††††††† but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

20-10:30.†† The righteous shall never be removed:

††††††††††† but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

20-10:31.†† The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom:

††††††††††† but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

20-10:32.†† The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable:

††††††††††† but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

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Proverbs 11:

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20-11:1.††† A false balance is abomination to the LORD:

††††††††††† but a just weight is his delight.

20-11:2.††† When pride cometh,

††††††††††† then cometh shame:

††††††††††† but with the lowly is wisdom.

20-11:3.††† The integrity of the upright shall guide them:

††††††††††† but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

20-11:4.††† Riches profit not in the day of wrath:

††††††††††† but righteousness delivereth from death.

20-11:5.††† The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way:

††††††††††† but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

20-11:6.††† The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them:

††††††††††† but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

20-11:7.††† When a wicked man dieth,

††††††††††† his expectation shall perish:

††††††††††† and the hope of unjust men perisheth.

20-11:8.††† The righteous is delivered out of trouble,

††††††††††† and the wicked cometh in his stead.

20-11:9.††† An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour:

††††††††††† but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

20-11:10.†† When it goeth well with the righteous,

††††††††††† the city rejoiceth:

††††††††††† and when the wicked perish,

††††††††††† there is shouting.

20-11:11.†† By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted:

††††††††††† but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

20-11:12.†† He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour:

††††††††††† but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.

20-11:13.†† A talebearer revealeth secrets:

††††††††††† but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

20-11:14.†† Where no counsel is,

††††††††††† the people fall:

††††††††††† but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

20-11:15.†† He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it:

††††††††††† and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

20-11:16.†† A gracious woman retaineth honour:

††††††††††† and strong men retain riches.

20-11:17.†† The merciful man doeth good to his own soul:

††††††††††† but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

20-11:18.†† The wicked worketh a deceitful work:

††††††††††† but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

20-11:19.†† As righteousness tendeth to life:

††††††††††† so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death.

20-11:20.†† They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the LORD:

††††††††††† but such as are upright in their way are his delight.

20-11:21.†† Though hand join in hand,

††††††††††† the wicked shall not be unpunished:

††††††††††† but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

20-11:22.†† As a jewel of gold in a swineís snout,

††††††††††† so is a fair woman which is without discretion.

20-11:23.†† The desire of the righteous is only good:

††††††††††† but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

20-11:24.†† There is that scattereth,

††††††††††† and yet increaseth;

††††††††††† and there is that withholdeth more than is meet,

††††††††††† but it tendeth to poverty.

20-11:25.†† The liberal soul shall be made fat:

††††††††††† and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

20-11:26.†† He that withholdeth corn,

††††††††††† the people shall curse him:

††††††††††† but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.

20-11:27.†† He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour:

††††††††††† but he that seeketh mischief,

††††††††††† it shall come unto him.

20-11:28.†† He that trusteth in his riches shall fall:

††††††††††† but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

20-11:29.†† He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind:

††††††††††† and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

20-11:30.†† The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life;

††††††††††† and he that winneth souls is wise.

20-11:31.†† Behold,

††††††††††† the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth:

††††††††††† much more the wicked and the sinner.

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Proverbs 12:

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20-12:1.††† Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge:

††††††††††† but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

20-12:2.††† A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD:

††††††††††† but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

20-12:3.††† A man shall not be established by wickedness:

††††††††††† but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

20-12:4.††† A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband:

††††††††††† but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

20-12:5.††† The thoughts of the righteous are right:

††††††††††† but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.

20-12:6.††† The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood:

††††††††††† but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

20-12:7.††† The wicked are overthrown,

††††††††††† and are not:

††††††††††† but the house of the righteous shall stand.

20-12:8.††† A man shall be commended according to his wisdom:

††††††††††† but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

20-12:9.††† He that is despised,

††††††††††† and hath a servant,

††††††††††† is better than he that honoureth himself,

††††††††††† and lacketh bread.

20-12:10.†† A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast:

††††††††††† but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

20-12:11.†† He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread:

††††††††††† but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

20-12:12.†† The wicked desireth the net of evil men:

††††††††††† but the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.

20-12:13.†† The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips:

††††††††††† but the just shall come out of trouble.

20-12:14.†† A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth:

††††††††††† and the recompence of a manís hands shall be rendered unto him.

20-12:15.†† The way of a fool is right in his own eyes:

††††††††††† but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

20-12:16.†† A foolís wrath is presently known:

††††††††††† but a prudent man covereth shame.

20-12:17.†† He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness:

††††††††††† but a false witness deceit.

20-12:18.†† There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword:

††††††††††† but the tongue of the wise is health.

20-12:19.†† The lip of truth shall be established for ever:

††††††††††† but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

20-12:20.†† Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil:

††††††††††† but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

20-12:21.†† There shall no evil happen to the just:

††††††††††† but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

20-12:22.†† Lying lips are abomination to the LORD:

††††††††††† but they that deal truly are his delight.

20-12:23.†† A prudent man concealeth knowledge:

††††††††††† but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

20-12:24.†† The hand of the diligent shall bear rule:

††††††††††† but the slothful shall be under tribute.

20-12:25.†† Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop:

††††††††††† but a good word maketh it glad.

20-12:26.†† The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour:

††††††††††† but the way of the wicked seduceth them.

20-12:27.†† The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting:

††††††††††† but the substance of a diligent man is precious.

20-12:28.†† In the way of righteousness is life;

††††††††††† and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

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Proverbs 13:

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20-13:1.††† A wise son heareth his fatherís instruction:

††††††††††† but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

20-13:2.††† A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth:

††††††††††† but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence.

20-13:3.††† He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life:

††††††††††† but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

20-13:4.††† The soul of the sluggard desireth,

††††††††††† and hath nothing:

††††††††††† but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

20-13:5.††† A righteous man hateth lying:

††††††††††† but a wicked man is loathsome,

††††††††††† and cometh to shame.

20-13:6.††† Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way:

††††††††††† but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

20-13:7.††† There is that maketh himself rich,

††††††††††† yet hath nothing:

††††††††††† there is that maketh himself poor,

††††††††††† yet hath great riches.

20-13:8.††† The ransom of a manís life are his riches:

††††††††††† but the poor heareth not rebuke.

20-13:9.††† The light of the righteous rejoiceth:

††††††††††† but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

20-13:10.†† Only by pride cometh contention:

††††††††††† but with the well advised is wisdom.

20-13:11.†† Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished:

††††††††††† but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

20-13:12.†† Hope deferred maketh the heart sick:

††††††††††† but when the desire cometh,

††††††††††† it is a tree of life.

20-13:13.†† Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed:

††††††††††† but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

20-13:14.†† The law of the wise is a fountain of life,

††††††††††† to depart from the snares of death.

20-13:15.†† Good understanding giveth favour:

††††††††††† but the way of transgressors is hard.

20-13:16.†† Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge:

††††††††††† but a fool layeth open his folly.

20-13:17.†† A wicked messenger falleth into mischief:

††††††††††† but a faithful ambassador is health.

20-13:18.†† Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction:

††††††††††† but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

20-13:19.†† The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul:

††††††††††† but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

20-13:20.†† He that walketh with wise men shall be wise:

††††††††††† but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

20-13:21.†† Evil pursueth sinners:

††††††††††† but to the righteous good shall be repayed.

20-13:22.†† A good man leaveth an inheritance to his childrenís children:

††††††††††† and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

20-13:23.†† Much food is in the tillage of the poor:

††††††††††† but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

20-13:24.†† He that spareth his rod hateth his son:

††††††††††† but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

20-13:25.†† The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul:

††††††††††† but the belly of the wicked shall want.

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Proverbs 14:

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20-14:1.††† Every wise woman buildeth her house:

††††††††††† but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

20-14:2.††† He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD:

††††††††††† but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

20-14:3.††† In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride:

††††††††††† but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

20-14:4.††† Where no oxen are,

††††††††††† the crib is clean:

††††††††††† but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

20-14:5.††† A faithful witness will not lie:

††††††††††† but a false witness will utter lies.

20-14:6.††† A scorner seeketh wisdom,

††††††††††† and findeth it not:

††††††††††† but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

20-14:7.††† Go from the presence of a foolish man,

††††††††††† when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

20-14:8.††† The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way:

††††††††††† but the folly of fools is deceit.

20-14:9.††† Fools make a mock at sin:

††††††††††† but among the righteous there is favour.

20-14:10.†† The heart knoweth his own bitterness;

††††††††††† and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

20-14:11.†† The house of the wicked shall be overthrown:

††††††††††† but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

20-14:12.†† There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,

††††††††††† but the end thereof are the ways of death.

20-14:13.†† Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful;

††††††††††† and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

20-14:14.†† The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways:

††††††††††† and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

20-14:15.†† The simple believeth every word:

††††††††††† but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

20-14:16.†† A wise man feareth,

††††††††††† and departeth from evil:

††††††††††† but the fool rageth,

††††††††††† and is confident.

20-14:17.†† He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly:

††††††††††† and a man of wicked devices is hated.

20-14:18.†† The simple inherit folly:

††††††††††† but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

20-14:19.†† The evil bow before the good;

††††††††††† and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20-14:20.†† The poor is hated even of his own neighbour:

††††††††††† but the rich hath many friends.

20-14:21.†† He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth:

††††††††††† but he that hath mercy on the poor,

††††††††††† happy is he.

20-14:22.†† Do they not err that devise evil?

††††††††††† but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

20-14:23.†† In all labour there is profit:

††††††††††† but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

20-14:24.†† The crown of the wise is their riches:

††††††††††† but the foolishness of fools is folly.

20-14:25.†† A true witness delivereth souls:

††††††††††† but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.

20-14:26.†† In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence:

††††††††††† and his children shall have a place of refuge.

20-14:27.†† The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,

††††††††††† to depart from the snares of death.

20-14:28.†† In the multitude of people is the kingís honour:

††††††††††† but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

20-14:29.†† He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding:

††††††††††† but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

20-14:30.†† A sound heart is the life of the flesh:

††††††††††† but envy the rottenness of the bones.

20-14:31.†† He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker:

††††††††††† but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

20-14:32.†† The wicked is driven away in his wickedness:

††††††††††† but the righteous hath hope in his death.

20-14:33.†† Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding:

††††††††††† but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.

20-14:34.†† Righteousness exalteth a nation:

††††††††††† but sin is a reproach to any people.

20-14:35.†† The kingís favour is toward a wise servant:

††††††††††† but his wrath is against him that causeth shame.

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Proverbs 15:

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20-15:1.††† A soft answer turneth away wrath:

††††††††††† but grievous words stir up anger.

20-15:2.††† The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright:

††††††††††† but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

20-15:3.††† The eyes of the LORD are in every place,

††††††††††† beholding the evil and the good.

20-15:4.††† A wholesome tongue is a tree of life:

††††††††††† but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

20-15:5.††† A fool despiseth his fatherís instruction:

††††††††††† but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

20-15:6.††† In the house of the righteous is much treasure:

††††††††††† but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

20-15:7.††† The lips of the wise disperse knowledge:

††††††††††† but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

20-15:8.††† The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD:

††††††††††† but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

20-15:9.††† The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD:

††††††††††† but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

20-15:10.†† Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way:

††††††††††† and he that hateth reproof shall die.

20-15:11.†† Hell and destruction are before the LORD:

††††††††††† how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

20-15:12.†† A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him:

††††††††††† neither will he go unto the wise.

20-15:13.†† A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance:

††††††††††† but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

20-15:14.†† The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge:

††††††††††† but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

20-15:15.†† All the days of the afflicted are evil:

††††††††††† but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

20-15:16.†† Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

20-15:17.†† Better is a dinner of herbs where love is,

††††††††††† than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

20-15:18.†† A wrathful man stirreth up strife:

††††††††††† but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

20-15:19.†† The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns:

††††††††††† but the way of the righteous is made plain.

20-15:20.†† A wise son maketh a glad father:

††††††††††† but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

20-15:21.†† Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom:

††††††††††† but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

20-15:22.†† Without counsel purposes are disappointed:

††††††††††† but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

20-15:23.†† A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth:

††††††††††† and a word spoken in due season,

††††††††††† how good is it!

20-15:24.†† The way of life is above to the wise,

††††††††††† that he may depart from hell beneath.

20-15:25.†† The LORD will destroy the house of the proud:

††††††††††† but he will establish the border of the widow.

20-15:26.†† The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD:

††††††††††† but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

20-15:27.†† He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house;

††††††††††† but he that hateth gifts shall live.

20-15:28.†† The heart of the righteous studieth to answer:

††††††††††† but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

20-15:29.†† The LORD is far from the wicked:

††††††††††† but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

20-15:30.†† The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart:

††††††††††† and a good report maketh the bones fat.

20-15:31.†† The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

20-15:32.†† He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul:

††††††††††† but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

20-15:33.†† The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom;

††††††††††† and before honour is humility.

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Proverbs 16:

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20-16:1.††† The preparations of the heart in man,

††††††††††† and the answer of the tongue,

††††††††††† is from the LORD.

20-16:2.††† All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes;

††††††††††† but the LORD weigheth the spirits.

20-16:3.††† Commit thy works unto the LORD,

††††††††††† and thy thoughts shall be established.

20-16:4.††† The LORD hath made all things for himself:

††††††††††† yea,

††††††††††† even the wicked for the day of evil.

20-16:5.††† Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD:

††††††††††† though hand join in hand,

††††††††††† he shall not be unpunished.

20-16:6.††† By mercy and truth iniquity is purged:

††††††††††† and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

20-16:7.††† When a manís ways please the LORD,

††††††††††† he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

20-16:8.††† Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

20-16:9.††† A manís heart deviseth his way:

††††††††††† but the LORD directeth his steps.

20-16:10.†† A divine sentence is in the lips of the king:

††††††††††† his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

20-16:11.†† A just weight and balance are the Lordís:

††††††††††† all the weights of the bag are his work.

20-16:12.†† It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness:

††††††††††† for the throne is established by righteousness.

20-16:13.†† Righteous lips are the delight of kings;

††††††††††† and they love him that speaketh right.

20-16:14.†† The wrath of a king is as messengers of death:

††††††††††† but a wise man will pacify it.

20-16:15.†† In the light of the kingís countenance is life;

††††††††††† and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.

20-16:16.†† How much better is it to get wisdom than gold!

††††††††††† and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

20-16:17.†† The highway of the upright is to depart from evil:

††††††††††† he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

20-16:18.†† Pride goeth before destruction,

††††††††††† and an haughty spirit before a fall.

20-16:19.†† Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly,

††††††††††† than to divide the spoil with the proud.

20-16:20.†† He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good:

††††††††††† and whoso trusteth in the LORD,

††††††††††† happy is he.

20-16:21.†† The wise in heart shall be called prudent:

††††††††††† and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

20-16:22.†† Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it:

††††††††††† but the instruction of fools is folly.

20-16:23.†† The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth,

††††††††††† and addeth learning to his lips.

20-16:24.†† Pleasant words are as an honeycomb,

††††††††††† sweet to the soul,

††††††††††† and health to the bones.

20-16:25.†† There is a way that seemeth right unto a man,

††††††††††† but the end thereof are the ways of death.

20-16:26.†† He that laboureth laboureth for himself;

††††††††††† for his mouth craveth it of him.

20-16:27.†† An ungodly man diggeth up evil:

††††††††††† and in his lips there is as a burning fire.

20-16:28.†† A froward man soweth strife:

††††††††††† and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

20-16:29.†† A violent man enticeth his neighbour,

††††††††††† and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

20-16:30.†† He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things:

††††††††††† moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

20-16:31.†† The hoary head is a crown of glory,

††††††††††† if it be found in the way of righteousness.

20-16:32.†† He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty;

††††††††††† and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

20-16:33.†† The lot is cast into the lap;

††††††††††† but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

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Proverbs 17:

Chapter 17:28 Verses

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20-17:1.††† Better is a dry morsel,

††††††††††† and quietness therewith,

††††††††††† than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

20-17:2.††† A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame,

††††††††††† and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

20-17:3.††† The fining pot is for silver,

††††††††††† and the furnace for gold:

††††††††††† but the LORD trieth the hearts.

20-17:4.††† A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips;

††††††††††† and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.

20-17:5.††† Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker:

††††††††††† and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

20-17:6.††† Childrenís children are the crown of old men;

††††††††††† and the glory of children are their fathers.

20-17:7.††† Excellent speech becometh not a fool:

††††††††††† much less do lying lips a prince.

20-17:8.††† A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it:

††††††††††† whithersoever it turneth,

††††††††††† it prospereth.

20-17:9.††† He that covereth a transgression seeketh love;

††††††††††† but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

20-17:10.†† A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.

20-17:11.†† An evil man seeketh only rebellion:

††††††††††† therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

20-17:12.†† Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man,

††††††††††† rather than a fool in his folly.

20-17:13.†† Whoso rewardeth evil for good,

††††††††††† evil shall not depart from his house.

20-17:14.†† The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water:

††††††††††† therefore leave off contention,

††††††††††† before it be meddled with.

20-17:15.†† He that justifieth the wicked,

††††††††††† and he that condemneth the just,

††††††††††† even they both are abomination to the LORD.

20-17:16.†† Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom,

††††††††††† seeing he hath no heart to it?

20-17:17.†† A friend loveth at all times,

††††††††††† and a brother is born for adversity.

20-17:18.†† A man void of understanding striketh hands,

††††††††††† and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

20-17:19.†† He loveth transgression that loveth strife:

††††††††††† and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.

20-17:20.†† He that hath a froward heart findeth no good:

††††††††††† and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

20-17:21.†† He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow:

††††††††††† and the father of a fool hath no joy.

20-17:22.†† A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:

††††††††††† but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

20-17:23.†† A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

20-17:24.†† Wisdom is before him that hath understanding;

††††††††††† but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

20-17:25.†† A foolish son is a grief to his father,

††††††††††† and bitterness to her that bare him.

20-17:26.†† Also to punish the just is not good,

††††††††††† nor to strike princes for equity.

20-17:27.†† He that hath knowledge spareth his words:

††††††††††† and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

20-17:28.†† Even a fool,

††††††††††† when he holdeth his peace,

††††††††††† is counted wise:

††††††††††† and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

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Proverbs 18:

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20-18:1.††† Through desire a man,

††††††††††† having separated himself,

††††††††††† seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

20-18:2.††† A fool hath no delight in understanding,

††††††††††† but that his heart may discover itself.

20-18:3.††† When the wicked cometh,

††††††††††† then cometh also contempt,

††††††††††† and with ignominy reproach.

20-18:4.††† The words of a manís mouth are as deep waters,

††††††††††† and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

20-18:5.††† It is not good to accept the person of the wicked,

††††††††††† to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

20-18:6.††† A foolís lips enter into contention,

††††††††††† and his mouth calleth for strokes.

20-18:7.††† A foolís mouth is his destruction,

††††††††††† and his lips are the snare of his soul.

20-18:8.††† The words of a talebearer are as wounds,

††††††††††† and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

20-18:9.††† He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

20-18:10.†† The name of the LORD is a strong tower:

††††††††††† the righteous runneth into it,

††††††††††† and is safe.

20-18:11.†† The rich manís wealth is his strong city,

††††††††††† and as an high wall in his own conceit.

20-18:12.†† Before destruction the heart of man is haughty,

††††††††††† and before honour is humility.

20-18:13.†† He that answereth a matter before he heareth it,

††††††††††† it is folly and shame unto him.

20-18:14.†† The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity;

††††††††††† but a wounded spirit who can bear?

20-18:15.†† The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge;

††††††††††† and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

20-18:16.†† A manís gift maketh room for him,

††††††††††† and bringeth him before great men.

20-18:17.†† He that is first in his own cause seemeth just;

††††††††††† but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

20-18:18.†† The lot causeth contentions to cease,

††††††††††† and parteth between the mighty.

20-18:19.†† A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city:

††††††††††† and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

20-18:20.†† A manís belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth;

††††††††††† and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

20-18:21.†† Death and life are in the power of the tongue:

††††††††††† and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

20-18:22.†† Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing,

††††††††††† and obtaineth favour of the LORD.

20-18:23.†† The poor useth intreaties;

††††††††††† but the rich answereth roughly.

20-18:24.†† A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly:

††††††††††† and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

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Proverbs 19:

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20-19:1.††† Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity,

††††††††††† than he that is perverse in his lips,

††††††††††† and is a fool.

20-19:2.††† Also,

††††††††††† that the soul be without knowledge,

††††††††††† it is not good;

††††††††††† and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

20-19:3.††† The foolishness of man perverteth his way:

††††††††††† and his heart fretteth against the LORD.

20-19:4.††† Wealth maketh many friends;

††††††††††† but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

20-19:5.††† A false witness shall not be unpunished,

††††††††††† and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

20-19:6.††† Many will intreat the favour of the prince:

††††††††††† and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

20-19:7.††† All the brethren of the poor do hate him:

††††††††††† how much