THE BOOK OF WISDOM
BIBLE REFERENCES (PROVERBS)
THE WISE MAN
To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; to receive the instruction of wisdom, justice and judgement, and equity; to give subtitle to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
A wise man will hear, and will increase in learning and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsel. To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise and their dark sayings.
To fear the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but the fools will dispise wisdom and instruction. Hear thy father instruction and forsake not the law of thy mother: for; it will be an ornament of grace unto thee, and chains round about thy neck.
THE CRY OF WISDOM
In vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird, don’t be the one that is greedy of corn; which taketh away the life of the owner.
Wisdom crieth without; she uttered her voice in the streets; she crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gate; in the city she uttereth her words, saying, how long, ye simple ones, how long will ye love simple and the scorners delight in their scorning, and the fools hate knowledge.
HE THAT GOVETH WISDON AND UNDERSTANDING
Receive my words and hide my commandments with you; and incline your ear unto, and apply thine heart to understanding; and if you criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding, and if you will seek her as silver, and looking for her as the hid treasures; then you shall understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God, for the Lord giveth wisdom and out of His mouth cometh the knowledge and understanding
PRESERVED BY DISCRETION
When wisdom entereth into your heart, and knowledge id pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve you, understanding shall keep you: and to deliver you from the way of the evil men, from the man that speaketh forward things; who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; who rejoice to do evil, whose ways are creaked.
Wisdom and knowledge will deliver you from the strange woman, even from the strange which flattereth with her words; which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forget the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. None that go unto her return again; neither take they hold of the paths of life.
KEEP THE COMMANDMENT
Forget not my law, and let your heart keep my commandments. For it shall and unto you peace and long life. Let not mercy and truth forsake you, but bind them about your neck; and write them down upon the table of your heart.
So shall you find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and learn not unto your own understanding and in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and depart from evil. This shall be health to your navel and narrow to your bones.
Honour the Lord with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your increase, so that your barns will be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst out with new wine.
Despise not the chastening of the lord neither be weary of his corrections, for whom the Lord loveth he correcteth: even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
WISDOM IS PRECIOUS
Happy is he that findeth wisdom, and he that getteth understanding, for he that searchet of it is better than he that searcheth for silver, and the gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies; and all the things you can desire are not to be compared unto her length of days is in her right hand and in her left hand riches and honour.
His ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her; and happy is everyone that retaineth her. The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; and by understanding hath he established the heavens and by his knowledge that depaths are broken up, and the cloud drop down the dew so let them not depart from your eyes, keep sound wisdom and discretion, so shall they be life unto your soul and grace to your neck.
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hands to do it. Say not unto your neighbour, go, and come tomorrow I will give; when you have it by your side.
Devise not evil against your neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by your strive not with a man without a cause, if he have done you no harm, envy you not the oppressor and choose none of their ways.
THE INSTRUCTION OF A FATHER
Hear the instruction of a father and attend to know understanding for I give you good doctrine, forsake you not my law. For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also and said unto me, let your heart retain my words and keep my commandment and live.
Get wisdom, get understanding; forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve you, love her and she shall keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom and with all your getting get understanding.
Exalt her, and she shall promote you; she shall bring you to honour, when you embrace her, she shall give to your head an ornament of grace, a crown of glory shall she deliver to you.
I have taught you in the ways of wisdom; I have led you in the right paths. Take fast hold of instruction; and let her not go: keep her; for she is your life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the ways of evil men. Avoid it, and pass not by it.
Attend to my words; incline your ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart, for they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from you a forward mouth, and perverse lips put far from you. Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet and let all your ways be established and turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove your feet from evil.
THE MOUTH OF A STRANGE WOMAN
Attend unto my wisdom, and bow your ear to my understanding so that you may regard discretion and that your lips may keep knowledge.
Lo, the lips of a strange woman drop as a honey comb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: but her end is bitter as wormwood and sharp as a two edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Her ways are moveable that you can’t know them.
Hear you now, remove your ways for from her and come not near the door of her house. Lest she give your honour unto others and your years unto the cruel.
Lest strangers be filled with your wealth and your labour be in the house of a stranger and she will mourn at you when all you have are consumed.
DRINK FROM YOUR OWN WELL
Drink waters out of your own well, let your fountains be dispersed, let them be only your own and not strangers with you, let your fountains be blessed and rejoice with the wife of your youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times and be you ravished always with her love. So do not be ravished with a strange woman and embrace the bosom of a stranger for a stranger woman is the way to hell.
SEVEN ABOMINATIONS THE LORD HATES
These six things doth the Lord hate, yea, seven are an abomination unto him.
- A proud look
- A lying tongue
- A hands that shed innocent blood
- An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations
- Feet that be swift in running to mischief
- A false witness that speaketh lies and
- He that soweth discord among brethren.
THE WHORISH WOMAN
For the commandment is a lamp and the law is a light and reproofs and instruction are the ways of life, to keep you from the evil woman, form the flattering of the tongue of a strange woman. Lo, lust not after her beauty in your heart neither let her take you with her eyelids for by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a pieces of bread; and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. But whosoever committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding and he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. A wound and dishonour shall he get and his reproach shall be wipe away.
THE WAYS OF HARLOT
For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, and behold among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man lack of understanding. Passing through the street near her corner and he went the way to her house. In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night and behold there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot and subtil of heat. She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house, now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth every corner. Hearken unto me, and attend to the words of my mouth. Let not her heart decline to her ways; go not astray with her in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded, yea, many strong men have been stain by her. Her house is the way to hell going down to the chamber of death.
WISDOM DWELLS WITH PRUDENCE
Wisdom is better than rubies and all the things that may be designed are not to be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with the prudence and find out knowledge of wiffy inventions. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil pride, and arrogancy and the evil ways and the forward mouth.
Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding I have strength.
By me kings reign and princess decree justice. By me princess rule and nobles even all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me and those that seek me early shall find me.
Riches and honour are with me yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold and my revenue than choice silver.
THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM AND IT’S BANQUET
Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath lewn out her seven pillar. She hath killed her beasts, she hath mingled her wine. She hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens, she crieth upon the highest places of the city, whose is simple, let him turn in lither, as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, come, eat of my bread and drink of her wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish and live and go in the way of understanding.
A foolish woman is clamorous; she is simple and knoweth nothing. Stolen waters are sweet and bread eaten in the secret is pleasant but he knoweth not that the dead are there and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
Hatred stirreth up strifes, but love covereth all sin. In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found but a rod is for the back of him the void of understanding. Wise men layup knowledge but the mouth of the foolish is near to destruction.
THE TONGUE OF THE JUST AND THE FEAR OF THE LORD
The blessings of the lord, it maketh rich and he addeth no sorrow with it. The tongue of the just is as choice silver. The fear of the Lord prolongs days, but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom but the forward tongue shall be cut out. When pride cometh then cometh shame but with the lowly is wisdom. He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. A talebearer revealeth secrets but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
Where no counsel is, the people fall but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. A gracious woman retaineth honour and strong men retain richers. The merciful man doeth good to his own soul but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.
As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion. The liberal soul shall be made fat and he that watereth shall be watereth also himself.
He that with holdeth corn, the people shall course him but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. He that trust in his riches shall fall but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
A GOOD MAN AND VIRTUOUS WOMAN
Whose loveth instruction loveth knowledge but he that hateth reproof is brutish. A good man abtained favour of the lord but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband but she that maketh ashamed is a rotteness in the bones. A man shall be commended according to his wisdom but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised. He that is despised and hath a servant is better that he that honoureth himself and lacketh bread. Whoseever findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour from God.
A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth and the recompense of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him. The ways of a fool is right in his own eyes but he that hearketh unto counsel is wise. A fool’s wrath is presently.
Known but a prudent man covereth shame. The lip of truth shall be established forever but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil but to the counsellors of peace is joy.
A prudent man concealeth knowledge but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop but a good word market it glad.
He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his life but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
CONTENTION COMES FROM PRIDE
Only by pride cometh contention but with the well advised is wisdom. Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished but he that gathereth by labour shall increase. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
A FOUNTAIN OF LIFE
The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Good understanding giveth favour but the ways of transgressors is hard.
Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge but a fool layeth open his folly. Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
The desire accomplished is sweat to soul but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil. A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
THE WISE AND THE FOOLISH
Every wise woman buildeth her house but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands. In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride but the lips of the wise shall preserve him.
A SCORNER SEEKETH WISDOM
A scorner seeketh wisdom and findeth it not but knowledge. She is easy unto him that understandeth go from the presence of a foolish man when you perceives not in him the lips of knowledge. The wisdom of prudent is to understand his ways but the folly of fools is deceit. The heart knoweth his own bitterness and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
THE WISE MAN
The simple believeth every word but the prudent man lacketh well to his going. A wise man feareth and depart from evil but the fool rageth and is confident.
He that get angry easily dealeth foolishly.
The prudent are crown with knowledge.
The evil bow before the good.
In all labour there is profit.
The crown of the wise is their riches but the foolishness of a fool is folly.
The fear of the lord is a fountain of life to depart from the snares of death.
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding.
A soft answer turneth away wrath but grievous words stir up anger.
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright but the mouth of a fool poureth out foolishness.
A good depiseth his father instruction but he that regard reproof is prudent.
The lips of the wise disperse knowledge but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
A MERRY HEART
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance but by sorrow of the hearts the spirit is broken.
Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way and he that hateth reproof shall die. The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him and neither will he go unto the wise. All the day of afflicted are evil but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is that a stalled ox and hatred there with.
BE SLOW TO ANGER
A wrath man stirreth up strife but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. A wise son maketh a good father but a foolish son diepisethhis mother.
Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom but a man of understanding walketh uprightly without counsel purposes are disappointed but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.
IN DUE SEASON
A man hath joy by the answers of his mouth and a word spoken in due season, how good it is.
The way of life is above to the wise that he may depart from hell beneath.
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
The light of eyes rejoiceth the heart and a good report maketh the bones fat.
The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
He that refuseth instruction depiseth his own soul but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom and before honour there will be humility.
THE LORD WEIGHS THE SPIRITS
The preparation of the heart in man, and to the answer of the tongue, is from the lord.
Commit all thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts will be established.
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.
When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
A man’s heart deviseth his ways but the Lord directeth his steps.
It is an abomination for a king to commit wickedness, for the throne is established by righteousness.
The wrath of a king us a massagers of death but the wise man will pacify it.
In the light of the king’s countenances is life and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.
PRIDE GOES BEFORE DESTRUCTION
How much better is it to get wisdom than gold and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver.
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil.
He that keepeth his ways preserveth his soul.
Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
He that handeth a matter wisely shall find good and whosoever trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
The wise in heart shall be called prudent and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it but the instruction of fools is folly.
The heart of the wise leacheth his mouth and addeth learning to his lips.
Pleasant words are as a honey comb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.
There is a way seemeth right unto a man but the end thereof are the ways of death.
THE CROWN OF AN OLD MAN
Children’s children are the crown of old man and the glory of children are their fathers.
A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it.
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
A reproof entereth more into a wise man heart than an hundred of stripes into a foolish person.
Whosoever rewardeth evil for good evil shall not depart from his house.
Wherefore is there a price in the hands of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it.
THE WELLSPRING OF WISDOM
The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing book.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
He that hath knowledge spareth his words and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
It is not good to accept the person of the wicked to overthrow the righteous in judgement.
A FOOLS MOUTH
A fool’s lips enter into contention and his mouth calleth from strokes.
A fool’s mouth is his destruction and his lips are the snares of his souls.
The words of a talebearer are as wounds and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
He that is slothful in his work is a brother to him that is a great waster.
He that anwereth a matter before heareth it; it is folly and share unto the person.
The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge too.
Wisdom is before that person that hath understanding.
The name of the lord is a strong tower, the righteous person runneth into it and it safe.
THE POWER OF THE TONGUE
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
A man’s gift maketh room for him and bringeth him before great men.
A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
He that geteth wisdom loveth his own soul and he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
House and riches are the inheritance of fathers and the prudent wife is from the Lord.
THE COUNSEL OF THE LORD
Hear the counsel of the Lord and receive his instruction that you may be wise in your latter end.
The fear of the Lord tendeth to life, and he that hath it shall abide satisfied, he shall not be visited with evil.
He that wasteth his father and chaseth away his mother is a son that causeth shame and bringeth reproach.
Judgements are prepared for the scorners and stripes for the back of fools.
THE MOCKERY OF WINE AND THE JUST MAN
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Counsel is in the heart of man is like a deep water but the man of understanding will draw it out.
Most men will proclaim everyone his own goodness but a faithful man who can find?
A just man walketh in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.
A child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure and whether it be right.
The hearing ear and the seeing eyes the Lord hath made them beeth.
Love not sleep. Lest your will be come to poverty open your eyes and you shall be satisfied with bread.
It is naught, it is naught saith the buyer but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
Bread of deceit is sweet to a man but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealth secret therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with their lips.
Whosoever curseth his father or mother, that person lamp should be put off in obscure darkness.
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
Man’s goings are of the Lord how can a man then understand his own ways if not he commit himself to the Lord.
The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inwards parts of the belly.
The glory of young man is their strength and the beauty of old man is his grey head.
The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water he turneth it whithersoever he will.
It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, then with a brawling woman in a wide house.
When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise and when the wise is instructed he receiveth knowledge.
The soul of the wicked desireth evil, his neighbour findeth no favour in their hands.
Whosoever stopeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself but shall not be heard.
The man that wondereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
He that loveth too much pleasure shall be a poor man and he that loveth wine and oil shall be rich.
It is better to dwell in the wilderness than with a contentious and an angry woman.
A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
Whosoever keepeth their mouth and their tongue keepeth their own soul from troubles.
The desire of the slothful killeth him, for his hands refuse to labour.
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.
The horses are prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.
A GOOD NAME
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is their maker of them all.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself but the simple pass on, and is punished.
By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honour and life.
Thorns and snares are in the way of the forward, but he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
TRAIN UP A CHILD
Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it.
Cost our the scorner and contention shall go out yea strife and reproach shall cease.
He that loveth pureness of the heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
The mouth of a stranger woman is a deep pit; he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fail therein.
The foolishness is bound in the heart of a child but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
He that oppress the poor to increase his riches and he that giveth to the rich shall surely come to want.
TAKE HOLD OF KNOWLEDGE
Bow down your ear and hear the words of the wise and apply your heart unto their knowledge, for it will be a precious things if, you keep them within your heart, so that your trust will be in God. For knowledge is power and them that has it rule over the fools.
Make no friendship with an angry person and with a furious man and go out not with them, lest you learn their ways and get snares to your own soul.
Remove not the ancient landmark, which your father has set.
If a man be diligent in his business, he shall stand before the kings and he shall not stand before fools.
AS YOU THINKETH IN YOUR HEART
When you are sit test before ruler to ear to eat with him, diligently consider what is before you.
Be not desirous of his dainties, for they are deceitful meat.
Labour not to be rich and cease from your own wisdom.
Speak not in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Apply your heart unto instruction and your ears to the words of knowledge.
Eat you not the bread of him that hath an evil eyes, neither desire his dainty meats, far as he thinketh in his heart, so us he, and saith he to you eat and drink but his heart is not at peace with you.
CORRECTION OF A CHILD
Withhold not correction from a child, for if you boatest him with a rod, he shall not die.
When you beat him with a rod, you will deliver his own soul from hell.
My child if your heart be wise my heart shall rejoice. Let not heart envy the sinners, but be you in the fears of the lord all day long. For surely there is an end and your expectations shall not be cut off.
Hear this, my child and be you wise and guide your heart in this way, be not among wine bibbers and among riotous eatness of flesh, for the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty and drowsiness shell clothe a man with rags.
HEARKEN TO YOUR FATHER
My child hearken unto your father that begat you and despise not your mother when she is old.
Buy the truth, also buy wisdom, instruction and knowledge and sell them not. For your father and your mother will be glad and she that bore you shall rejoice.
My child gives me your heart and let your eyes observe my ways, for a whore is a deep ditch and a strong woman is a narrow pit. She also Leith in wait as for a prey and increaseth the transgressors among men.
THE CAUSE OF WINE
Oh my child hears this, who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contention? Who hath babbling? Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes? They are the people that tarry long at the wine and they that go to seek for mixed wine. So therefore, look not upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth its colours in the cap, when it moveth itself aright. At least to biteth like a serpent and stingeth like and adder.
THE STRENGTH OF A WISE MAN
Be you not envious against evil man, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studieth destruction and their lips lack of mischief.
Through wisdom is a house builded and by understanding it is established, and by knowledge shall all chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
A wise man in strong, yea a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
Wisdom is too high for a fool; he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
If you faint in the day of adversity your strength is small. My child eat you honey, because it is good and the honey comb, which is sweet to your taste, and so shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto your soul when you hast found it, then there shall be a reward and your expection shall not be cut off.
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again, but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
Rejoice not when your enemy falleth, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbleth, lest the Lord see it and it despise him and he turn away his wrath from him.
It is not good to have respect of any person in judgement.
A WORD FITLY SPOKEN
My child fear you the Lord, for a word fitly spoken is like an apples of gold in the pictures of silver.
As an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold so is a wise reprove upon an obedient ear.
As the cold of snow in the time of harvest so is a faithful massage to them that send him, for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
Whosoever boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
By long forbearing is a prince persuaded and by a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
Withdraw your foot from your neighbour’s house lest he be weary of you, and so hate you.
Confidence in an unfaithful person in times of trouble is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint.
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you shall heap a coals of fire upon his head and the Lord shall reward you.
As a cold water to a thirsty soul, so us good news from a far country.
As the legs of the came are not equal, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool to his folly.
As coals are to burning coals and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
Whosoever diggeth a pit shall fall therein and he that rolleth a stone, it will turn upon him.
Wrath is cruel and anger is outrageous but who is able to stand before envy.
Open rebuke is better than secret love.
My child be wise and make my heart glad so that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Hell and destruction are never fall, so the eyes of man are not satisfied.
The wicked flee when no man pursueth but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
A poor man the oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
Evil men understand not the judgement, but they that seek the Lord understand all things.
He that covereth his son’s shall not prosper, but whosoever confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
A faithful man shall abound with blessings but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. For it is not good to have repect of persons, for a pieces of bread that man will transgress.
He that giveth to the poor shall not lack.
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice but when the wicked beareth rule the people mourn.
Whosoever loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father but he that has company with a harlot spendeth his substance.
A fool uttereth all his mind but a man of wise heart keepeth it for himself until afterwards.
The rod and reproof giveth wisdom but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
Correct your child and he shall give you rest also he shall give delight unto your soul.
Where there is no vision, the people there perished. A man’s pride bringeth him low.
Whosoever that is pointer to a thief hateth his own soul.
Man seeks the ruler’s favour, but every man’s judgment cometh from the lord.
Every words of God are truth and pure, he is a shield to them that put their trust in him.
THREE FOUR THINGS
There are three things that are never satisfied yea; four things say not, it is enough.
- The grave and
- The barren womb
- The earth that is not filled with water and
- The fire that saith not it is enough.
There are three things which are too wonderful for me, yea four which I know not.
- The ways of an eagle in the air
- The ways of a serpent upon a rock and
- The ways of a ship in the midst of the sea and
- The ways of a man with a maid.
For three things the earth is disquieted and four which it cannot bear.
- For a servant when he reigneth and
- A fool when he is filled with meat
- For an odious woman when she is married and
- A handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise.
- The ants are a people not strong yet they prepare their meat in the summar.
- The conies are but a feeblest folk, yet make them their houses in the rocks.
- The locusts have no kings, yet go they forth all of them by bands.
- The spider talketh hold with her hands, and is in king’s palaces.
Therebe three things which go well, yea four are comely in going.
- A lion which is strongest among beasts and turneth not away for any.
- A grey hound.
- An he goat and
- A king against whom there is no rising up.
THE PRICE OF A VIRTUOUS WOMAN
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price if far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safety trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ slips; she bringeth her food from afar.
A VIRTUOUS WOMAN CARES FOR HER FAMILY
She riseth also which it is yet night and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field and buyeth it, with the fruit of her hands, she planteth a vine yard. She girdeth her lions with strength, and strengthened her arms.
She perceieveth that her merchandise is good, her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
A VIRTUOUS WOMAN HELPS THE NEEDY
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is afraid of the snow, for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is sick and purple. Her husband is known in the gates when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
She maketh fine linen and selleth it and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing and she shall rejoice in time to come.
A VIRTUOUS WOMAN SPEAKS WISDOM
She openeth her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but she is the most excellent of them all.
Favour is deceitful and beauty is vain but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates.