The Bible, King James version, Complete
Part 32 out of 58
20:016:028 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief
20:016:029 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the
way that is not good.
20:016:030 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips
he bringeth evil to pass.
20:016:031 The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way
20:016:032 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he
that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
20:016:033 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof
is of the LORD.
20:017:001 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house
full of sacrifices with strife.
20:017:002 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame,
and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.
20:017:003 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but
the LORD trieth the hearts.
20:017:004 A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear
to a naughty tongue.
20:017:005 Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is
glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.
20:017:006 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of
children are their fathers.
20:017:007 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips
20:017:008 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it:
whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.
20:017:009 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that
repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
20:017:010 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred
stripes into a fool.
20:017:011 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel
messenger shall be sent against him.
20:017:012 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool
in his folly.
20:017:013 Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his
20:017:014 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water:
therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
20:017:015 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the
just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.
20:017:016 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get
wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
20:017:017 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for
20:017:018 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh
surety in the presence of his friend.
20:017:019 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that
exalteth his gate seeketh destruction.
20:017:020 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath
a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.
20:017:021 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the
father of a fool hath no joy.
20:017:022 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit
drieth the bones.
20:017:023 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the
ways of judgment.
20:017:024 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of
a fool are in the ends of the earth.
20:017:025 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her
that bare him.
20:017:026 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for
20:017:027 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of
understanding is of an excellent spirit.
20:017:028 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and
he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
20:018:001 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and
intermeddleth with all wisdom.
20:018:002 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart
may discover itself.
20:018:003 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with
20:018:004 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the
wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
20:018:005 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to
overthrow the righteous in judgment.
20:018:006 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for
20:018:007 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare
of his soul.
20:018:008 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into
the innermost parts of the belly.
20:018:009 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is
a great waster.
20:018:010 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth
into it, and is safe.
20:018:011 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall
in his own conceit.
20:018:012 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before
honour is humility.
20:018:013 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly
and shame unto him.
20:018:014 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded
spirit who can bear?
20:018:015 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the
wise seeketh knowledge.
20:018:016 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before
20:018:017 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his
neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
20:018:018 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the
20:018:019 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and
their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20:018:020 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth;
and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
20:018:021 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that
love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
20:018:022 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth
favour of the LORD.
20:018:023 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
20:018:024 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there
is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
20:019:001 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that
is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
20:019:002 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and
he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
20:019:003 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart
fretteth against the LORD.
20:019:004 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his
20:019:005 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh
lies shall not escape.
20:019:006 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a
friend to him that giveth gifts.
20:019:007 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his
friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they
are wanting to him.
20:019:008 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth
understanding shall find good.
20:019:009 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh
lies shall perish.
20:019:010 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to
have rule over princes.
20:019:011 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his
glory to pass over a transgression.
20:019:012 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour
is as dew upon the grass.
20:019:013 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the
contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
20:019:014 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent
wife is from the LORD.
20:019:015 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall
20:019:016 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he
that despiseth his ways shall die.
20:019:017 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and
that which he hath given will he pay him again.
20:019:018 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul
spare for his crying.
20:019:019 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou
deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
20:019:020 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be
wise in thy latter end.
20:019:021 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the
counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
20:019:022 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better
than a liar.
20:019:023 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it
shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
20:019:024 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so
much as bring it to his mouth again.
20:019:025 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one
that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
20:019:026 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a
son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
20:019:027 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err
from the words of knowledge.
20:019:028 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the
wicked devoureth iniquity.
20:019:029 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back
20:020:001 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is
deceived thereby is not wise.
20:020:002 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso
provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
20:020:003 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool
will be meddling.
20:020:004 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore
shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
20:020:005 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of
understanding will draw it out.
20:020:006 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a
faithful man who can find?
20:020:007 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are
blessed after him.
20:020:008 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away
all evil with his eyes.
20:020:009 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my
20:020:010 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike
abomination to the LORD.
20:020:011 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure,
and whether it be right.
20:020:012 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even
both of them.
20:020:013 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes,
and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
20:020:014 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is
gone his way, then he boasteth.
20:020:015 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of
knowledge are a precious jewel.
20:020:016 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a
pledge of him for a strange woman.
20:020:017 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth
shall be filled with gravel.
20:020:018 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice
20:020:019 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets:
therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
20:020:020 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put
out in obscure darkness.
20:020:021 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the
end thereof shall not be blessed.
20:020:022 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD,
and he shall save thee.
20:020:023 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false
balance is not good.
20:020:024 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand
his own way?
20:020:025 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and
after vows to make enquiry.
20:020:026 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over
20:020:027 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the
inward parts of the belly.
20:020:028 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden
20:020:029 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of
old men is the grey head.
20:020:030 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the
inward parts of the belly.
20:021:001 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of
water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
20:021:002 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD
pondereth the hearts.
20:021:003 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than
20:021:004 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the
wicked, is sin.
20:021:005 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but
of every one that is hasty only to want.
20:021:006 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed
to and fro of them that seek death.
20:021:007 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they
refuse to do judgment.
20:021:008 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure,
his work is right.
20:021:009 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a
brawling woman in a wide house.
20:021:010 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no
favour in his eyes.
20:021:011 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and
when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
20:021:012 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked:
but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
20:021:013 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall
cry himself, but shall not be heard.
20:021:014 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom
20:021:015 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be
to the workers of iniquity.
20:021:016 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall
remain in the congregation of the dead.
20:021:017 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth
wine and oil shall not be rich.
20:021:018 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the
transgressor for the upright.
20:021:019 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a
contentious and an angry woman.
20:021:020 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the
wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
20:021:021 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life,
righteousness, and honour.
20:021:022 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down
the strength of the confidence thereof.
20:021:023 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from
20:021:024 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud
20:021:025 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse
20:021:026 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous
giveth and spareth not.
20:021:027 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more,
when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
20:021:028 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth
20:021:029 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he
directeth his way.
20:021:030 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the
20:021:031 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is
of the LORD.
20:022:001 A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and
loving favour rather than silver and gold.
20:022:002 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them
20:022:003 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the
simple pass on, and are punished.
20:022:004 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour,
20:022:005 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth
keep his soul shall be far from them.
20:022:006 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old,
he will not depart from it.
20:022:007 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to
20:022:008 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his
anger shall fail.
20:022:009 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth
of his bread to the poor.
20:022:010 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife
and reproach shall cease.
20:022:011 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips
the king shall be his friend.
20:022:012 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth
the words of the transgressor.
20:022:013 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be
slain in the streets.
20:022:014 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred
of the LORD shall fall therein.
20:022:015 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of
correction shall drive it far from him.
20:022:016 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he
that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
20:022:017 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply
thine heart unto my knowledge.
20:022:018 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they
shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
20:022:019 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee
this day, even to thee.
20:022:020 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and
20:022:021 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of
truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them
that send unto thee?
20:022:022 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the
afflicted in the gate:
20:022:023 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of
those that spoiled them.
20:022:024 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man
thou shalt not go:
20:022:025 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
20:022:026 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are
sureties for debts.
20:022:027 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed
from under thee?
20:022:028 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
20:022:029 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand
before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
20:023:001 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently
what is before thee:
20:023:002 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to
20:023:003 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
20:023:004 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
20:023:005 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches
certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle
20:023:006 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither
desire thou his dainty meats:
20:023:007 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink,
saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
20:023:008 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose
thy sweet words.
20:023:009 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the
wisdom of thy words.
20:023:010 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of
20:023:011 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with
20:023:012 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the
words of knowledge.
20:023:013 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest
him with the rod, he shall not die.
20:023:014 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul
20:023:015 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even
20:023:016 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
20:023:017 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of
the LORD all the day long.
20:023:018 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be
20:023:019 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the
20:023:020 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
20:023:021 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and
drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
20:023:022 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy
mother when she is old.
20:023:023 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction,
20:023:024 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that
begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
20:023:025 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare
thee shall rejoice.
20:023:026 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my
20:023:027 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow
20:023:028 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the
transgressors among men.
20:023:029 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath
babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of
20:023:030 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed
20:023:031 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his
colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
20:023:032 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an
20:023:033 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall
utter perverse things.
20:023:034 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the
sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
20:023:035 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick;
they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I
will seek it yet again.
20:024:001 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be
20:024:002 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of
20:024:003 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is
20:024:004 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all
precious and pleasant riches.
20:024:005 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth
20:024:006 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude
of counsellors there is safety.
20:024:007 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the
20:024:008 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous
20:024:009 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an
abomination to men.
20:024:010 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
20:024:011 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and
those that are ready to be slain;
20:024:012 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that
pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul,
doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man
according to his works?
20:024:013 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb,
which is sweet to thy taste:
20:024:014 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou
hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy
expectation shall not be cut off.
20:024:015 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the
righteous; spoil not his resting place:
20:024:016 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but
the wicked shall fall into mischief.
20:024:017 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart
be glad when he stumbleth:
20:024:018 Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away
his wrath from him.
20:024:019 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious
at the wicked:
20:024:020 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of
the wicked shall be put out.
20:024:021 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with
them that are given to change:
20:024:022 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the
ruin of them both?
20:024:023 These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have
respect of persons in judgment.
20:024:024 He that saith unto the wicked, Thou are righteous; him shall
the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
20:024:025 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good
blessing shall come upon them.
20:024:026 Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.
20:024:027 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the
field; and afterwards build thine house.
20:024:028 Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and
deceive not with thy lips.
20:024:029 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will
render to the man according to his work.
20:024:030 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of
the man void of understanding;
20:024:031 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had
covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was
20:024:032 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and
20:024:033 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the
hands to sleep:
20:024:034 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want
as an armed man.
20:025:001 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah
king of Judah copied out.
20:025:002 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of
kings is to search out a matter.
20:025:003 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart
of kings is unsearchable.
20:025:004 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come
forth a vessel for the finer.
20:025:005 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne
shall be established in righteousness.
20:025:006 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand
not in the place of great men:
20:025:007 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither;
than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the
prince whom thine eyes have seen.
20:025:008 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do
in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
20:025:009 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not
a secret to another:
20:025:010 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy
turn not away.
20:025:011 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of
20:025:012 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a
wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
20:025:013 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful
messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of
20:025:014 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind
20:025:015 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue
breaketh the bone.
20:025:016 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee,
lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
20:025:017 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary
of thee, and so hate thee.
20:025:018 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a
maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
20:025:019 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a
broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
20:025:020 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as
vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy
20:025:021 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be
thirsty, give him water to drink:
20:025:022 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD
shall reward thee.
20:025:023 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance
a backbiting tongue.
20:025:024 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with
a brawling woman and in a wide house.
20:025:025 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far
20:025:026 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a
troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
20:025:027 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their
own glory is not glory.
20:025:028 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that
is broken down, and without walls.
20:026:001 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not
seemly for a fool.
20:026:002 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the
curse causeless shall not come.
20:026:003 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the
20:026:004 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be
like unto him.
20:026:005 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his
20:026:006 He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off
the feet, and drinketh damage.
20:026:007 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the
mouth of fools.
20:026:008 As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth
honour to a fool.
20:026:009 As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a
parable in the mouths of fools.
20:026:010 The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool,
and rewardeth transgressors.
20:026:011 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his
20:026:012 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope
of a fool than of him.
20:026:013 The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is
in the streets.
20:026:014 As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon
20:026:015 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to
bring it again to his mouth.
20:026:016 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that
can render a reason.
20:026:017 He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to
him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
20:026:018 As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
20:026:019 So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not
I in sport?
20:026:020 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is
no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
20:026:021 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a
contentious man to kindle strife.
20:026:022 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into
the innermost parts of the belly.
20:026:023 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered
with silver dross.
20:026:024 He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit
20:026:025 When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven
abominations in his heart.
20:026:026 Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be
shewed before the whole congregation.
20:026:027 Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a
stone, it will return upon him.
20:026:028 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a
flattering mouth worketh ruin.
20:027:001 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a
day may bring forth.
20:027:002 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a
stranger, and not thine own lips.
20:027:003 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is
heavier than them both.
20:027:004 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to
stand before envy?
20:027:005 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
20:027:006 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an
enemy are deceitful.
20:027:007 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul
every bitter thing is sweet.
20:027:008 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that
wandereth from his place.
20:027:009 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness
of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
20:027:010 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not;
neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy
calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a
brother far off.
20:027:011 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him
that reproacheth me.
20:027:012 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the
simple pass on, and are punished.
20:027:013 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a
pledge of him for a strange woman.
20:027:014 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in
the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
20:027:015 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious
woman are alike.
20:027:016 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his
right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
20:027:017 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of
20:027:018 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he
that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
20:027:019 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to
20:027:020 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are
20:027:021 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is
a man to his praise.
20:027:022 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with
a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
20:027:023 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look
well to thy herds.
20:027:024 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to
20:027:025 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and
herbs of the mountains are gathered.
20:027:026 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of
20:027:027 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the
food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy
20:028:001 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are
bold as a lion.
20:028:002 For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof:
but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof
shall be prolonged.
20:028:003 A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain
which leaveth no food.
20:028:004 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep
the law contend with them.
20:028:005 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD
understand all things.
20:028:006 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he
that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
20:028:007 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a
companion of riotous men shameth his father.
20:028:008 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he
shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
20:028:009 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his
prayer shall be abomination.
20:028:010 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he
shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall
have good things in possession.
20:028:011 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that
hath understanding searcheth him out.
20:028:012 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when
the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
20:028:013 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso
confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
20:028:014 Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his
heart shall fall into mischief.
20:028:015 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler
over the poor people.
20:028:016 The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great
oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his
20:028:017 A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall
flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
20:028:018 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is
perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
20:028:019 He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he
that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
20:028:020 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh
haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
20:028:021 To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of
bread that man will transgress.
20:028:022 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth
not that poverty shall come upon him.
20:028:023 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than
he that flattereth with the tongue.
20:028:024 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no
transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
20:028:025 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that
putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
20:028:026 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh
wisely, he shall be delivered.
20:028:027 He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that
hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
20:028:028 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they
perish, the righteous increase.
20:029:001 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall
suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
20:029:002 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but
when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
20:029:003 Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth
company with harlots spendeth his substance.
20:029:004 The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that
receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
20:029:005 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his
20:029:006 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the
righteous doth sing and rejoice.
20:029:007 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the
wicked regardeth not to know it.
20:029:008 Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away
20:029:009 If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage
or laugh, there is no rest.
20:029:010 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
20:029:011 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in
20:029:012 If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
20:029:013 The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD
lighteneth both their eyes.
20:029:014 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be
established for ever.
20:029:015 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself
bringeth his mother to shame.
20:029:016 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but
the righteous shall see their fall.
20:029:017 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall
give delight unto thy soul.
20:029:018 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that
keepeth the law, happy is he.
20:029:019 A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he
understand he will not answer.
20:029:020 Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more
hope of a fool than of him.
20:029:021 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall
have him become his son at the length.
20:029:022 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth
20:029:023 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the
humble in spirit.
20:029:024 Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth
cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
20:029:025 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust
in the LORD shall be safe.
20:029:026 Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh
from the LORD.
20:029:027 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is
upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.
20:030:001 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man
spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,
20:030:002 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the
understanding of a man.
20:030:003 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.
20:030:004 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath
gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a
garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what
is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?
20:030:005 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put
their trust in him.
20:030:006 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be
found a liar.
20:030:007 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I
20:030:008 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty
nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
20:030:009 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
20:030:010 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and
thou be found guilty.
20:030:011 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not
bless their mother.
20:030:012 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet
is not washed from their filthiness.
20:030:013 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their
eyelids are lifted up.
20:030:014 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their
jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth,
and the needy from among men.
20:030:015 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There
are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things
say not, It is enough:
20:030:016 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled
with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.
20:030:017 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his
mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the
young eagles shall eat it.
20:030:018 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea,
four which I know not:
20:030:019 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a
rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way
of a man with a maid.
20:030:020 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth
her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
20:030:021 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which
it cannot bear:
20:030:022 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled
20:030:023 For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that
is heir to her mistress.
20:030:024 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they
are exceeding wise:
20:030:025 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat
in the summer;
20:030:026 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses
in the rocks;
20:030:027 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by
20:030:028 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings'
20:030:029 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in
20:030:030 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away
20:030:031 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there
is no rising up.
20:030:032 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou
hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
20:030:033 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the
wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of
wrath bringeth forth strife.
20:031:001 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught
20:031:002 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son
of my vows?
20:031:003 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which
20:031:004 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink
wine; nor for princes strong drink:
20:031:005 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment
of any of the afflicted.
20:031:006 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine
unto those that be of heavy hearts.
20:031:007 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery
20:031:008 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are
appointed to destruction.
20:031:009 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the
poor and needy.
20:031:010 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above
20:031:011 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he
shall have no need of spoil.
20:031:012 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
20:031:013 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her
20:031:014 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from
20:031:015 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her
household, and a portion to her maidens.
20:031:016 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her
hands she planteth a vineyard.
20:031:017 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her
20:031:018 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth
not out by night.
20:031:019 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the
20:031:020 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth
forth her hands to the needy.
20:031:021 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her
household are clothed with scarlet.
20:031:022 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk
20:031:023 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the
elders of the land.
20:031:024 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles
unto the merchant.
20:031:025 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in
time to come.
20:031:026 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the
law of kindness.
20:031:027 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not
the bread of idleness.
20:031:028 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also,
and he praiseth her.
20:031:029 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them
20:031:030 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that
feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
20:031:031 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works
praise her in the gates.
Book 21 Ecclesiastes
21:001:001 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in
21:001:002 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities;
all is vanity.
21:001:003 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under
21:001:004 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh:
but the earth abideth for ever.
21:001:005 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to
his place where he arose.
21:001:006 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the
north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth
again according to his circuits.
21:001:007 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto
the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return
21:001:008 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is
not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
21:001:009 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that
which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new
thing under the sun.
21:001:010 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new?
it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
21:001:011 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there
be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that
shall come after.
21:001:012 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
21:001:013 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom
concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore
travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised
21:001:014 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and,
behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
21:001:015 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which
is wanting cannot be numbered.
21:001:016 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great
estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have
been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great
experience of wisdom and knowledge.
21:001:017 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and
folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
21:001:018 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth
knowledge increaseth sorrow.
21:002:001 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth,
therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.
21:002:002 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?
21:002:003 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet
acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly,
till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which
they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.
21:002:004 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me
21:002:005 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of
all kind of fruits:
21:002:006 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that
bringeth forth trees:
21:002:007 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my
house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle
above all that were in Jerusalem before me:
21:002:008 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure
of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women
singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical
instruments, and that of all sorts.
21:002:009 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before
me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.
21:002:010 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I
withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in
all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.
21:002:011 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and
on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was
vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under
21:002:012 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly:
for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that
which hath been already done.
21:002:013 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light
21:002:014 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in
darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth
to them all.
21:002:015 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it
happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I
said in my heart, that this also is vanity.
21:002:016 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool
for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall
all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.
21:002:017 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under
the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of
21:002:018 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun:
because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
21:002:019 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet
shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured,
and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is
21:002:020 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the
labour which I took under the sun.
21:002:021 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in
knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured
therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity
and a great evil.
21:002:022 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of
his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?
21:002:023 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his
heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.
21:002:024 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and
drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his
labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
21:002:025 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?
21:002:026 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and
knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to
gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good
before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
21:003:001 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose
under the heaven:
21:003:002 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a
time to pluck up that which is planted;
21:003:003 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and
a time to build up;
21:003:004 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a
time to dance;
21:003:005 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones
together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from
21:003:006 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time
to cast away;
21:003:007 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and
a time to speak;
21:003:008 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time
21:003:009 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
21:003:010 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of
men to be exercised in it.
21:003:011 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath
set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the
work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
21:003:012 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to
rejoice, and to do good in his life.
21:003:013 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the
good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
21:003:014 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever:
nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God
doeth it, that men should fear before him.
21:003:015 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath
already been; and God requireth that which is past.
21:003:016 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that
wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that
iniquity was there.
21:003:017 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the
wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for
21:003:018 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men,
that God might manifest them, and that they might see that
they themselves are beasts.
21:003:019 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts;
even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the
other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no
preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
21:003:020 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to
21:003:021 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the
spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
21:003:022 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a
man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion:
for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?
21:004:001 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are
done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were
oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their
oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.
21:004:002 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than
the living which are yet alive.
21:004:003 Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who
hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
21:004:004 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that
for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity
and vexation of spirit.
21:004:005 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.
21:004:006 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full
with travail and vexation of spirit.
21:004:007 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.
21:004:008 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath
neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his
labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither
saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good?
This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.
21:004:009 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for
21:004:010 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to
him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to
help him up.
21:004:011 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can
one be warm alone?
21:004:012 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a
threefold cord is not quickly broken.
21:004:013 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish
king, who will no more be admonished.
21:004:014 For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is
born in his kingdom becometh poor.
21:004:015 I considered all the living which walk under the sun, with the
second child that shall stand up in his stead.
21:004:016 There is no end of all the people, even of all that have been
before them: they also that come after shall not rejoice in
him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
21:005:001 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more
ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they
consider not that they do evil.
21:005:002 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty
to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou
upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.
21:005:003 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a
fool's voice is known by multitude of words.
21:005:004 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he
hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
21:005:005 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou
shouldest vow and not pay.
21:005:006 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say
thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should
God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine
21:005:007 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also
divers vanities: but fear thou God.
21:005:008 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent
perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not
at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest
regardeth; and there be higher than they.
21:005:009 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself
is served by the field.
21:005:010 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor
he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
21:005:011 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and
what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding
of them with their eyes?
21:005:012 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little
or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to
21:005:013 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely,
riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.
21:005:014 But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a
son, and there is nothing in his hand.
21:005:015 As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return
to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which
he may carry away in his hand.
21:005:016 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came,
so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for
21:005:017 All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much
sorrow and wrath with his sickness.
21:005:018 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one
to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour
that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which
God giveth him: for it is his portion.
21:005:019 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and
hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion,
and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.
21:005:020 For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because
God answereth him in the joy of his heart.
21:006:001 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is
common among men:
21:006:002 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so
that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth,
yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger
eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
21:006:003 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so
that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled
with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an
untimely birth is better than he.
21:006:004 For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and
his name shall be covered with darkness.
21:006:005 Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this
hath more rest than the other.
21:006:006 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he
seen no good: do not all go to one place?
21:006:007 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite
is not filled.
21:006:008 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor,
that knoweth to walk before the living?
21:006:009 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the
desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
21:006:010 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it
is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than
21:006:011 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man
21:006:012 For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the
days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who
can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
21:007:001 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of
death than the day of one's birth.
21:007:002 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the
house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the
living will lay it to his heart.
21:007:003 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the
countenance the heart is made better.
21:007:004 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the
heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
21:007:005 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to
hear the song of fools.
21:007:006 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter
of the fool: this also is vanity.
21:007:007 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth
21:007:008 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and
the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
21:007:009 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in
the bosom of fools.
21:007:010 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were
better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning
21:007:011 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit
to them that see the sun.
21:007:012 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the
excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them
that have it.
21:007:013 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight,
which he hath made crooked?
21:007:014 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of
adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the
other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.
21:007:015 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a
just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a
wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.
21:007:016 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise:
why shouldest thou destroy thyself?
21:007:017 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why
shouldest thou die before thy time?
21:007:018 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also
from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God
shall come forth of them all.
21:007:019 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which
are in the city.
21:007:020 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and
21:007:021 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou
hear thy servant curse thee:
21:007:022 For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself
likewise hast cursed others.
21:007:023 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but
it was far from me.
21:007:024 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it
21:007:025 I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out
wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness
of folly, even of foolishness and madness:
21:007:026 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is
snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God
shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
21:007:027 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by
one, to find out the account:
21:007:028 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a
thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not
21:007:029 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright;
but they have sought out many inventions.
21:008:001 Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of
a thing? a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the
boldness of his face shall be changed.
21:008:002 I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment, and that in
regard of the oath of God.
21:008:003 Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil
thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.
21:008:004 Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say
unto him, What doest thou?
21:008:005 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a
wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.
21:008:006 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore
the misery of man is great upon him.
21:008:007 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him
when it shall be?
21:008:008 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the
spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there
is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver
those that are given to it.
21:008:009 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work
that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man
ruleth over another to his own hurt.
21:008:010 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the
place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where
they had so done: this is also vanity.
21:008:011 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed
speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set
in them to do evil.
21:008:012 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be
prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them
that fear God, which fear before him:
21:008:013 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he
prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth
not before God.
21:008:014 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be
just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the
wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth
according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also
21:008:015 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing
under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for
that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life,
which God giveth him under the sun.
21:008:016 When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the
business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is that
neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes:)
21:008:017 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out
the work that is done under the sun: because though a man
labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther;
though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able
to find it.
21:009:001 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all
this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are
in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by
all that is before them.
21:009:002 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the
righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean,
and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that
sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that
sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.
21:009:003 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun,
that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the
sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart
while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
21:009:004 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for
a living dog is better than a dead lion.
21:009:005 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not
any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory
of them is forgotten.
21:009:006 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now
perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any
thing that is done under the sun.
21:009:007 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a
merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
21:009:008 Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no
21:009:009 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of
the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the
sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in
this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.
21:009:010 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for
there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in
the grave, whither thou goest.
21:009:011 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the
swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the
wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour
to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
21:009:012 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are
taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the
snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it
falleth suddenly upon them.
21:009:013 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed
great unto me:
21:009:014 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came
a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great
bulwarks against it:
21:009:015 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his
wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same
21:009:016 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the
poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
21:009:017 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of
him that ruleth among fools.
21:009:018 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner
destroyeth much good.
21:010:001 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth
a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in
reputation for wisdom and honour.
21:010:002 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at
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