1
Better is a drie morsell, and quietnesse therewith;
then an house full of sacrifices with strife.
2
A wise seruant shall haue rule ouer a son that causeth shame: and shall haue part of the inheritance among the brethren.
3
The fining pot is for siluer, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.
4
A wicked doer giueth heed to false lips: and a liar giueth eare to a naughtie tongue.
5
Whoso mocketh the poore, reproacheth his maker: and he that is glad at calamities, shall not be vnpunished.
6
Childrens children are the crowne of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers.
7
Excellent speech becommeth not a foole: much lesse doe lying lippes a prince.
8
A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoeuer it turneth, it prospereth.
9
He that couereth a transgression, seeketh loue;
but he that repeateth a matter, separateth very friends.
10
A reproofe entreth more into a wise man, then an hundred stripes into a foole.
11
An euill man seeketh onely rebellion;
therefore a cruell messenger shall be sent against him.
12
Let a beare robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather then a foole in his folly.
13
Whoso rewardeth euill for good, euill shall not depart from his house.
14
The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therfore leaue off contention, before it be medled with.
15
He that iustifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the iust: euen they both are abomination to the Lord.
16
Wherfore is there a price in the hand of a foole to get wisedome, seeing he hath no heart to it?
17
A friend loueth at all times, and a brother is borne for aduersitie.
18
A man void of vnderstanding striketh hands, and becommeth suretie in the presence of his friend.
19
He loueth transgression, that loueth strife: and he that exalteth his gate, seeketh destruction.
20
He that hath a froward heart, findeth no good, and he that hath a peruerse tongue, falleth into mischiefe.
21
He that begetteth a foole, doth it to his sorrow: and the father of a foole hath no ioy.
22
A merrie heart doth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
23
A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosome, to peruert the wayes of iudgement.
24
Wisedome is before him that hath vnderstanding: but the eyes of a foole are in the ends of the earth.
25
A foolish sonne is a griefe to his father, & bitternes to her that bare him.
26
Also to punish the iust is not good, nor to strike princes for equitie.
27
He that hath knowledge, spareth his words: and a man of vnderstanding is of an excellent spirit.
28
Euen a foole, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips, is esteemed a man of vnderstanding.