Proverbs Chapter 12
1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof [is] brutish.
2 A good [man] obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
4 A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones.
5 The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit.
6 The words of the wicked [are] to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
7 The wicked are overthrown, and [are] not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.
8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
9 [He that is] despised, and hath a servant, [is] better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread.
10 A righteous [man] regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked [are] cruel.
11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain [persons is] void of understanding.
12 The wicked desireth the net of evil [men]: but the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit].
13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of [his] lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.
14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of [his] mouth: and the recompence of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.
15 The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.
16 A fool’s wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame.
17 [He that] speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.
18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.
19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue [is] but for a moment.
20 Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace [is] joy.
21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
22 Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.
23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
26 The righteous [is] more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them.
27 The slothful [man] roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man [is] precious.
28 In the way of righteousness [is] life; and [in] the pathway [thereof there is] no death.
Proverbs Chapter 13
1 A wise son [heareth] his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of [his] mouth: but the soul of the transgressors [shall eat] violence.
3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and [hath] nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
5 A righteous [man] hateth lying: but a wicked [man] is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
6 Righteousness keepeth [him that is] upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet [hath] nothing: [there is] that maketh himself poor, yet [hath] great riches.
8 The ransom of a man’s life [are] his riches: but the poor heareth not rebuke.
9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom.
11 Wealth [gotten] by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.
12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.
13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
14 The law of the wise [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors [is] hard.
16 Every prudent [man] dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open [his] folly.
17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador [is] health.
18 Poverty and shame [shall be to] him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but [it is] abomination to fools to depart from evil.
20 He that walketh with wise [men] shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed.
22 A good [man] leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner [is] laid up for the just.
23 Much food [is in] the tillage of the poor: but there is [that is] destroyed for want of judgment.
24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
Proverbs Chapter 14
1 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but [he that is] perverse in his ways despiseth him.
3 In the mouth of the foolish [is] a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
4 Where no oxen [are], the crib [is] clean: but much increase [is] by the strength of the ox.
5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and [findeth it] not: but knowledge [is] easy unto him that understandeth.
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not [in him] the lips of knowledge.
8 The wisdom of the prudent [is] to understand his way: but the folly of fools [is] deceit.
9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous [there is] favour.
10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth [is] heaviness.
14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man [shall be satisfied] from himself.
15 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent [man] looketh well to his going.
16 A wise [man] feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
17 [He that is] soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich [hath] many friends.
21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy [is] he.
22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth [shall be] to them that devise good.
23 In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips [tendeth] only to penury.
24 The crown of the wise [is] their riches: [but] the foolishness of fools [is] folly.
25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful [witness] speaketh lies.
26 In the fear of the LORD [is] strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
28 In the multitude of people [is] the king’s honour: but in the want of people [is] the destruction of the prince.
29 [He that is] slow to wrath [is] of great understanding: but [he that is] hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
30 A sound heart [is] the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.
33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but [that which is] in the midst of fools is made known.
34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin [is] a reproach to any people.
35 The king’s favour [is] toward a wise servant: but his wrath is [against] him that causeth shame.
Proverbs Chapter 15
1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
3 The eyes of the LORD [are] in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
4 A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.
5 A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
6 In the house of the righteous [is] much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked [is] an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright [is] his delight.
9 The way of the wicked [is] an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
10 Correction [is] grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: [and] he that hateth reproof shall die.
11 Hell and destruction [are] before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?
12 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.
13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
15 All the days of the afflicted [are] evil: but he that is of a merry heart [hath] a continual feast.
16 Better [is] little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
17 Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife.
19 The way of the slothful [man is] as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous [is] made plain.
20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
21 Folly [is] joy to [him that is] destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.
22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word [spoken] in due season, how good [is it]!
24 The way of life [is] above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
26 The thoughts of the wicked [are] an abomination to the LORD: but [the words] of the pure [are] pleasant words.
27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29 The LORD [is] far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: [and] a good report maketh the bones fat.
31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33 The fear of the LORD [is] the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [is] humility.