24 Do not envy evil people, 1
do not desire 2 to be with them;
2 for their hearts contemplate violence,
and their lips speak harm. 3
3 By 4 wisdom a house is built, 5
and through understanding it is established;
4 by knowledge its rooms are filled
with all kinds of precious and pleasing treasures.
5 A wise warrior 6 is strong, 7
and a man of knowledge makes his strength stronger;
6 for with guidance you wage your war,
and with numerous advisers there is victory. 8
7 Wisdom is unattainable 9 for a fool;
in court 10 he does not open his mouth. 11
8 The one who plans to do evil
will be called a scheming person. 12
9 A foolish scheme 13 is sin,
and the scorner is an abomination to people. 14
10 If you faint 15 in the day of trouble, 16
your strength is small! 17
11 Deliver those being taken away to death,
and hold back those slipping to the slaughter. 18
12 If you say, “But we did not know about this,”
does not the one who evaluates 19 hearts consider?
Does not the one who guards your life know?
Will he not repay each person according to his deeds? 20
13 Eat honey, 21 my child, for it is good,
and honey from the honeycomb is sweet to your taste.
14 Likewise, know 22 that wisdom is sweet 23 to your soul;
if you find it, 24 you will have a future, 25
and your hope will not be cut off.
15 Do not lie in wait like the wicked 26 against the place where the righteous live;
do not assault 27 his home.
16 Although 28 a righteous person may fall seven times, he gets up again,
but the wicked will be brought down 29 by calamity.
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, 30
and when he stumbles do not let your heart rejoice,
18 lest the Lord see it, and be displeased, 31
and turn his wrath away from him. 32
19 Do not fret because of evil people
or be envious of wicked people,
20 for the evil person has no future, 33
and the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished. 34
21 Fear the Lord, my child, 35 as well as the king,
and do not associate 36 with rebels, 37
22 for suddenly their destruction will overtake them, 38
and who knows the ruinous judgment both the Lord and the king can bring? 39
Further Sayings of the Wise
23 These sayings also are from the wise:
To show partiality 40 in judgment is terrible: 41
24 The one who says to the guilty, 42 “You are innocent,” 43
peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce 44 him.
25 But there will be delight 45 for those who convict 46 the guilty, 47
and a pleasing blessing 48 will come on them.
26 Like a kiss on the lips 49
is the one who gives an honest answer.
27 Establish your work outside and get your fields ready;
afterward build 50 your house. 51
28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, 52
and do not deceive with your words. 53
29 Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me;
I will pay him back 54 according to what he has done.” 55
30 I passed by the field of a sluggard,
by the vineyard of one who lacks wisdom. 56
31 I saw 57 that thorns had grown up all over it,
the ground 58 was covered with weeds,
and its stone wall was broken down.
32 When I saw this, I gave careful consideration to it; 59
I received instruction from what I saw: 60
33 “A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to relax,
34 and your poverty will come like a bandit,
and your need like an armed robber.” 61
Proverbs of Solomon Collected by Hezekiah
25 These also are proverbs of Solomon,
which the men of King Hezekiah of Judah copied: 1
2 It is the glory of God 2 to conceal 3 a matter,
and it is the glory of a king to search out a matter.
3 As the heaven is high 4 and the earth is deep
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable. 5
4 Remove the dross from the silver,
and material 6 for the silversmith will emerge;
5 remove the wicked from before the king, 7
and his throne 8 will be established in righteousness. 9
6 Do not honor yourself before the king,
and do not stand in the place of great men;
7 for it is better for him 10 to say to you, “Come up here,” 11
than to put you lower 12 before a prince,
whom your eyes have seen. 13
8 Do not go out hastily to litigation, 14
or 15 what will you do afterward
when your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 When you argue a case 16 with your neighbor,
do not reveal the secret of another person, 17
10 lest the one who hears it put you to shame
and your infamy 18 will never go away.
11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver, 19
so is a word skillfully spoken. 20
12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, 21
so is a wise reprover to the ear of the one who listens. 22
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest, 23
so is a faithful messenger to those who send him,
for he refreshes the heart 24 of his masters.
14 Like cloudy skies and wind that produce no rain, 25
so is the one who boasts 26 of a gift not given. 27
15 Through patience 28 a ruler can be persuaded, 29
and a soft tongue 30 can break a bone. 31
16 When you find 32 honey, eat only what is sufficient for you,
lest you become stuffed 33 with it and vomit it up. 34
17 Don’t set foot too frequently 35 in your neighbor’s house,
lest he become weary 36 of you and hate you.
18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow, 37
so is the one who testifies against 38 his neighbor as a false witness. 39
19 Like a bad tooth or a foot out of joint, 40
so is confidence 41 in an unfaithful person at the time of trouble. 42
20 Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, 43
or like vinegar poured on soda, 44
so is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. 45
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat,
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
22 for you will heap coals of fire on his head, 46
and the Lord will reward you. 47
23 The north wind 48 brings forth rain,
and a gossiping tongue 49 brings forth 50 an angry look. 51
24 It is better to live on a corner of the housetop
than in a house in company with a quarrelsome wife. 52
25 Like cold water to a weary person, 53
so is good news from a distant land. 54
26 Like a muddied 55 spring and a polluted 56 well,
so is a righteous person who gives way 57 before the wicked.
27 It is not good 58 to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable for people to seek their own glory. 59
28 Like a city that is broken down and without a wall,
so is a person who cannot control his temper. 60
26 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
so honor 1 is not fitting for a fool. 2
2 Like a fluttering bird or like a flying swallow,
so a curse without cause 3 does not come to rest. 4
3 A whip for the horse and a bridle for the donkey,
and a rod for the backs of fools! 5
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, 6
lest you yourself also be like him. 7
5 Answer a fool according to his folly, 8
lest he be wise in his own estimation. 9
6 Like cutting off the feet or drinking violence, 10
so is sending 11 a message by the hand of a fool. 12
7 Like legs that hang limp 13 from the lame,
so 14 is a proverb 15 in the mouth of fools.
8 Like tying a stone in a sling, 16
so is giving honor to a fool.
9 Like a thorn 17 that goes into the hand of a drunkard,
so is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. 18
10 Like an archer who wounds at random, 19
so is the one who hires 20 a fool or hires any passer-by.
11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit, 21
so a fool repeats his folly. 22
12 Do you see 23 a man wise in his own eyes? 24
There is more hope for a fool 25 than for him.
13 The sluggard 26 says, “There is a lion in the road!
A lion in the streets!” 27
14 Like 28 a door that turns on its hinges, 29
so a sluggard turns 30 on his bed.
15 The sluggard plunges 31 his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. 32
16 The sluggard is wiser in his own estimation 33
than seven people who respond with good sense. 34
17 Like one who grabs a wild dog by the ears, 35
so is the person passing by who becomes furious 36 over a quarrel not his own.
18 Like a madman 37 who shoots
firebrands and deadly arrows, 38
19 so is a person 39 who deceives his neighbor,
and says, “Was I not only joking?” 40
20 Where there is no wood, a fire goes out,
and where there is no gossip, 41 contention ceases. 42
21 Like charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
so is a contentious person 43 to kindle strife. 44
22 The words of a gossip are like delicious morsels;
they go down into a person’s innermost being. 45
23 Like a coating of glaze 46 over earthenware
are fervent 47 lips with an evil heart. 48
24 The one who hates others disguises 49 it with his lips,
but he stores up 50 deceit within him. 51
25 When 52 he speaks graciously, 53 do not believe him, 54
for there are seven 55 abominations 56 within him.
26 Though his 57 hatred may be concealed 58 by deceit,
his evil will be uncovered 59 in the assembly.
27 The one who digs a pit 60 will fall into it;
the one who rolls a stone – it will come back on him.
28 A lying tongue 61 hates those crushed by it,
and a flattering mouth works ruin. 62