1
BETTER is dry bread, and quietness with it, than a house full of feasting with strife.
2
¶ A wise servant shall rule over a son who causes shame, and shall share the inheritance among the brothers.
3
¶ The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold;
but the LORD tries the heart.
4
¶ A wicked man listens to perverse lips;
but a righteous man does not heed the tongues of vicious men.
5
¶ He who mocks the poor provokes his Maker;
and he who is glad at calamity shall not be forgiven.
6
Children’s children are the crowns of old men;
and the glory of children is their fathers.
7
Excellent speech is unbecoming to a fool, and lying lips to a righteous man.
8
¶ A precious stone is beautiful in the eyes of him who has it;
wherever it turns it is admired.
9
¶ He who forgets an offense seeks friendship;
but he who hates to forget an offense estranges himself from a friend and neighbor.
10
¶ A threat breaks the heart of a wise man;
but the fool instead of a rebuke receives a scourging, and yet he is not conscious of it.
11
¶ A quarrelsome man seeks mischief;
therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
12
Meditation and reverence are suitable for a wise man;
but a fool meditates in his folly.
13
¶ He who rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.
14
¶ He who sheds blood stirs up judgment before the ruler.
15
¶ He who justifies the wicked and condemns the just is an abomination before the LORD.
16
What good is wealth in the possession of a fool who has no desire to acquire wisdom?
17
¶ A friend loves at all times;
but a brother is born for adversity.
18
¶ A foolish man pledges himself, for he becomes surety for his friend.
19
¶ He who loves iniquity loves deceit and strife;
and he who exalts himself seeks destruction.
20
¶ He who slanders in heart will not find good;
and he who has an evil tongue falls into mischief.
21
¶ He who begets a fool does it to his own shame;
his father will have no joy in him.
22
¶ A merry heart makes the body healthy;
but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
23
¶ He who accepts a bribe is wicked;
for he perverts the way of justice.
24
¶ The face of a man of understanding is set toward wisdom;
but the eyes of a fool are in the depths of the earth.
25
¶ A foolish son provokes his father, and is bitterness to her who bore him.
26
¶ To punish the just is not good, nor to scourge the righteous men who speak the truth.
27
¶ He who spares his words has knowledge;
and he who is patient is a wise man.
28
Even a fool when he holds his peace is considered wise;
and he who shuts his lips is counted a man of understanding.