Proverbs concerning Life and Conduct

161 The plans of the heart belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is from Yahweh.

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes;
but Yahweh weighs the motives.

3 Commit your deeds to Yahweh,
and your plans shall succeed.

4 Yahweh has made everything for its own end—
yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.

5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to Yahweh:
they shall certainly not be unpunished.

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is atoned for.
By the fear of Yahweh men depart from evil.

7 When a man’s ways please Yahweh,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousness,
than great revenues with injustice.

9 A man’s heart plans his course,
but Yahweh directs his steps.

10 Inspired judgments are on the lips of the king.
He shall not betray his mouth.

11 Honest balances and scales are Yahweh’s;
all the weights in the bag are his work.

12 It is an abomination for kings to do wrong,
for the throne is established by righteousness.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings.
They value one who speaks the truth.

14 The king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
but a wise man will pacify it. 15 In the light of the king’s face is life.
His favor is like a cloud of the spring rain.

16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold!
Yes, to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.

17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil.
He who keeps his way preserves his soul.

18 Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.

19 It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor,
than to divide the plunder with the proud.

20 He who heeds the Word finds prosperity.
Whoever trusts in Yahweh is blessed.

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent.
Pleasantness of the lips promotes instruction.

22 Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it,
but the punishment of fools is their folly.

23 The heart of the wise instructs his mouth,
and adds learning to his lips.

24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

25 There is a way which seems right to a man,
but in the end it leads to death.

26 The appetite of the laboring man labors for him;
for his mouth urges him on.

27 A worthless man devises mischief.
His speech is like a scorching fire. 28 A perverse man stirs up strife.
A whisperer separates close friends.

29 A man of violence entices his neighbor,
and leads him in a way that is not good. 30 One who winks his eyes to plot perversities,
one who compresses his lips, is bent on evil.

31 Gray hair is a crown of glory.
It is attained by a life of righteousness.

32 One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty;
one who rules his spirit, than he who takes a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from Yahweh.

171 Better is a dry morsel with quietness,
than a house full of feasting with strife.

2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who causes shame,
and shall have a part in the inheritance among the brothers.

3 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold,
but Yahweh tests the hearts.

4 An evildoer heeds wicked lips.
A liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.

5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches his Maker.
He who is glad at calamity shall not be unpunished.

6 Children’s children are the crown of old men;
the glory of children are their parents.

7 Arrogant speech isn’t fitting for a fool,
much less do lying lips fit a prince.

8 A bribe is a precious stone in the eyes of him who gives it;
wherever he turns, he prospers.

9 He who covers an offense promotes love;
but he who repeats a matter separates best friends.

10 A rebuke enters deeper into one who has understanding
than a hundred lashes into a fool.

11 An evil man seeks only rebellion;
therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

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

13 Whoever rewards evil for good,
evil shall not depart from his house.

14 The beginning of strife is like breaching a dam,
therefore stop contention before quarreling breaks out.

15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous,
both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.

16 Why is there money in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom,
seeing he has no understanding?

17 A friend loves at all times;
and a brother is born for adversity.

18 A man void of understanding strikes hands,
and becomes collateral in the presence of his neighbor.

19 He who loves disobedience loves strife.
One who builds a high gate seeks destruction.

20 One who has a perverse heart doesn’t find prosperity,
and one who has a deceitful tongue falls into trouble.

21 He who becomes the father of a fool grieves.
The father of a fool has no joy.

22 A cheerful heart makes good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

23 A wicked man receives a bribe in secret,
to pervert the ways of justice.

24 Wisdom is before the face of one who has understanding,
but the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish son brings grief to his father,
and bitterness to her who bore him.

26 Also to punish the righteous is not good,
nor to flog officials for their integrity.

27 He who spares his words has knowledge.
He who is even tempered is a man of understanding. 28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is counted wise.
When he shuts his lips, he is thought to be discerning.

181 An unfriendly man pursues selfishness,
and defies all sound judgment.

2 A fool has no delight in understanding,
but only in revealing his own opinion.

3 When wickedness comes, contempt also comes,
and with shame comes disgrace.

4 The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters.
The fountain of wisdom is like a flowing brook.

5 To be partial to the faces of the wicked is not good,
nor to deprive the innocent of justice.

6 A fool’s lips come into strife,
and his mouth invites beatings. 7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction,
and his lips are a snare to his soul.

8 The words of a gossip are like dainty morsels:
they go down into a person’s innermost parts.

9 One who is slack in his work
is brother to him who is a master of destruction.

10 The name of Yahweh is a strong tower:
the righteous run to him, and are safe.

11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city,
like an unscalable wall in his own imagination.

12 Before destruction the heart of man is proud,
but before honor is humility.

13 He who gives answer before he hears,
that is folly and shame to him.

14 A man’s spirit will sustain him in sickness,
but a crushed spirit, who can bear?

15 The heart of the discerning gets knowledge.
The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

16 A man’s gift makes room for him,
and brings him before great men.

17 He who pleads his cause first seems right;
until another comes and questions him.

18 The lot settles disputes,
and keeps strong ones apart.

19 A brother offended is more difficult than a fortified city;
and disputes are like the bars of a castle.

20 A man’s stomach is filled with the fruit of his mouth.
With the harvest of his lips he is satisfied.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue;
those who love it will eat its fruit.

22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing,
and obtains favor of Yahweh.

23 The poor plead for mercy,
but the rich answer harshly.

24 A man of many companions may be ruined,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.