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10 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.

11 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

12 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

13 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

14 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.

15 Aman shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

16 He that being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed; and that without remedy.

17 Judgements are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

18 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

19 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

20 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

21 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

22 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool, cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.


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 As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

5 Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

6 Without counsel purposes are disappointed but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

7 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

8 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

¶9 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

10 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

11 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

12 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.

13 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

14 He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

15 Whoso loveth instruction, loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

16 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

17 The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

18 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth and is confident.

19 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

20 A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

21 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

22 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

23 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

24 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

25 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

26 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath under

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

27 Every wise woman buildeth her house, but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.


THROUGH desire a man having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.

2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.

3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters; and the well-spring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

5 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.

6 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

7 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.

8 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.

¶9 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. 10 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

11 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a

good report maketh the bones fat.

12 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

13 There is gold and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

14 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

15 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

16 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool,

17 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is

a parable in the mouth of fools.

18 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

19 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

20 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet, sinneth.

21 The foolishness of man perverteth his way and his heart fretteth against the Lord.

SECTION X.-Government of the Temper.

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8 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.

¶9 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

10 Wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy ?

11 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

12 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.

13 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

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14 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path.

15 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.

16 And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.

17 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

18 It is better to dwell in a corner of the house-top, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

20 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.

21 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

22 A sound heart is the life of the flesh but envy the rottenness of the bones.

23 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city.

24 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger: and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

25 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh de struction.

26 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.

27 He that is soon angry

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dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

28 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

29 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water therefore leave off contention before it be meddled with.

30 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

31 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

32 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

33 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.

34 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.


35 He that hath no rule over his own spirit, is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

36 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame.

37 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

38 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

39 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

40 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where

there is no tale-bearer, the strife of; and the patient in spirit is ceaseth.

41 The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

42 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.

43 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning there

better than the proud in spirit.

44 A soft answer turneth

away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

45 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

46 The meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

SECTION XI.-Moderation and Liberality.


THREE things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die.

2 Remove far from me vanity and lies; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for


3 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

¶4 Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right.

5 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

6 The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.

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

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life are his riches; but the poor heareth not rebuke.

9 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

10 He that by unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

11 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

12 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

13 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

14 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards heaven.

15 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

16 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

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