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Words of Wisdom from the Bible
The Bible, King James Version




A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.


Wealth which comes from sin is of no profit, but righteousness gives salvation from death.


The Lord will not let the upright be in need of food, but he puts far from him the desire of the evil-doers.


He who is slow in his work becomes poor, but the hand of the ready worker gets in wealth.


He who in summer gets together his store is a son who does wisely; but he who takes his rest when the grain is being cut is a son causing shame.


Blessings are on the head of the upright, but the face of sinners will be covered with sorrow.


The memory of the upright is a blessing, but the name of the evil-doer will be turned to dust.


The wise-hearted man will let himself be ruled, but the man whose talk is foolish will have a fall.


He whose ways are upright will go safely, but he whose ways are twisted will be made low.


He who makes signs with his eyes is a cause of trouble, but he who makes a man see his errors is a cause of peace.


The mouth of the upright man is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the evil-doer is a bitter cup.


Hate is a cause of violent acts, but all errors are covered up by love.


In the lips of him who has knowledge wisdom is seen; but a rod is ready for the back of him who is without sense.


Knowledge is stored up by the wise, but the mouth of the foolish man is a destruction which is near.


The property of the man of wealth is his strong town: the poor man’s need is his destruction.


The work of the upright gives life: the increase of the evil-doer is a cause of sin.


He who takes note of teaching is a way of life, but he who gives up training is a cause of error.


Hate is covered up by the lips of the upright man, but he who lets out evil about another is foolish.


Where there is much talk there will be no end to sin, but he who keeps his mouth shut does wisely.


The tongue of the upright man is like tested silver: the heart of the evil-doer is of little value.


The lips of the upright man give food to men, but the foolish come to death for need of sense.


The blessing of the Lord gives wealth: hard work makes it no greater.


It is sport to the foolish man to do evil, but the man of good sense takes delight in wisdom.


The thing feared by the evil-doer will come to him, but the upright man will get his desire.


When the storm-wind is past, the sinner is seen no longer, but the upright man is safe for ever.


Like acid drink to the teeth and as smoke to the eyes, so is the hater of work to those who send him.


The fear of the Lord gives long life, but the years of the evil-doer will be cut short.


The hope of the upright man will give joy, but the waiting of the evil-doer will have its end in sorrow.


The way of the Lord is a strong tower for the upright man, but destruction to the workers of evil.


The upright man will never be moved, but evil-doers will not have a safe resting-place in the land.


The mouth of the upright man is budding with wisdom, but the twisted tongue will be cut off.


The lips of the upright man have knowledge of what is pleasing, but twisted are the mouths of evil-doers. (Proverbs, 10:1-32)





Scales of deceit are hated by the Lord, but a true weight is his delight.


When pride comes, there comes shame, but wisdom is with the quiet in spirit.


The righteousness of the upright will be their guide, but the twisted ways of the false will be their destruction.


Wealth is of no profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness keeps a man safe from death.


The righteousness of the good man will make his way straight, but the sin of the evil-doer will be the cause of his fall.


The righteousness of the upright will be their salvation, but the false will themselves be taken in their evil designs.


At the death of an upright man his hope does not come to an end, but the hope of the evil-doer comes to destruction.


The upright man is taken out of trouble, and in his place comes the sinner.


With his mouth the evil man sends destruction on his neighbour; but through knowledge the upright are taken out of trouble.


When things go well for the upright man, all the town is glad; at the death of sinners, there are cries of joy.


By the blessing of the upright man the town is made great, but it is overturned by the mouth of the evil-doer.


He who has a poor opinion of his neighbour has no sense, but a wise man keeps quiet.


He who goes about talking of others makes secrets public, but the true-hearted man keeps things covered.


When there is no helping suggestion the people will have a fall, but with a number of wise guides they will be safe.


He who makes himself responsible for a strange man will undergo much loss; but the hater of such undertakings will be safe.


A woman who is full of grace is honoured, but a woman hating righteousness is a seat of shame: those hating work will undergo loss, but the strong keep their wealth.


The man who has mercy will be rewarded, but the cruel man is the cause of trouble to himself.


The sinner gets the payment of deceit; but his reward is certain who puts in the seed of righteousness.


So righteousness gives life; but he who goes after evil gets death for himself.


The uncontrolled are hated by the Lord, but those whose ways are without error are his delight.


Certainly the evil-doer will not go free from punishment, but the seed of the upright man will be safe.


Like a ring of gold in the nose of a pig, is a beautiful woman who has no sense.


The desire of the upright man is only for good, but wrath is waiting for the evil-doer.


A man may give freely, and still his wealth will be increased; and another may keep back more than is right, but only comes to be in need.


He who gives blessing will be made fat, but the curser will himself be cursed.


He who keeps back grain will be cursed by the people; but a blessing will be on the head of him who lets them have it for a price. 


He who, with all his heart, goes after what is good is searching for grace; but he who is looking for trouble will get it.


He who puts his faith in wealth will come to nothing; but the upright man will be full of growth like the green leaf.


The troubler of his house will have the wind for his heritage, and the foolish will be servant to the wise-hearted.


The fruit of righteousness is a tree of life, but violent behaviour takes away souls.


If the upright man is rewarded on earth, how much more the evil-doer and the sinner! (Proverbs, 11:1-31)





A lover of training is a lover of knowledge; but a hater of teaching is like a beast.


A good man has grace in the eyes of the Lord; but the man of evil designs gets punishment from him.


No man will make himself safe through evil-doing; but the root of upright men will never be moved.


A woman of virtue is a crown to her husband; but she whose behaviour is a cause of shame is like a wasting disease in his bones.


The purposes of upright men are right, but the designs of evil-doers are deceit.


The words of sinners are destruction for the upright; but the mouth of upright men is their salvation.


Evil-doers are overturned and never seen again, but the house of upright men will keep its place.


A man will be praised in the measure of his wisdom, but a wrong-minded man will be looked down on.


He who is of low position and has a servant, is better than one who has a high opinion of himself and is in need of bread.


An upright man has thought for the life of his beast, but the hearts of evil-doers are cruel.


He who does work on his land will not be short of bread; but he who goes after foolish men is without sense.


The resting-place of the sinner will come to destruction, but the root of upright men is for ever.


In the sin of the lips is a net which takes the sinner, but the upright man will come out of trouble.


From the fruit of his mouth will a man have good food in full measure, and the work of a man’s hands will be rewarded.


The way of the foolish man seems right to him? but the wise man gives ear to suggestions.


A foolish man lets his trouble be openly seen, but a sharp man keeps shame secret.


The breathing out of true words gives knowledge of righteousness; but a false witness gives out deceit.


There are some whose uncontrolled talk is like the wounds of a sword, but the tongue of the wise makes one well again.


True lips are certain for ever, but a false tongue is only for a minute.


Deceit is in the heart of those whose designs are evil, but for those purposing peace there is joy.


No trouble will come to upright men, but sinners will be full of evil. False lips are hated by the Lord, but those whose acts are true are his delight.


A sharp man keeps back his knowledge; but the heart of foolish men makes clear their foolish thoughts.


The hand of the ready worker will have authority, but he who is slow in his work will be put to forced work.


Care in the heart of a man makes it weighted down, but a good word makes it glad.


The upright man is a guide to his neighbour, but the way of evil-doers is a cause of error to them.


He who is slow in his work does not go in search of food; but the ready worker gets much wealth. In the road of righteousness is life, but the way of the evil-doer goes to death. (Proverbs, 12:1-28)





A good name is more to be desired than great wealth, and to be respected is better than silver and gold.


The man of wealth and the poor man come face to face: the Lord is the maker of them all.


The sharp man sees the evil and takes cover: the simple go straight on and get into trouble.


The reward of a gentle spirit and the fear of the Lord is wealth and honour and life.


Thorns and nets are in the way of the twisted: he who keeps watch over his soul will be far from them.


If a child is trained up in the right way, even when he is old he will not be turned away from it.


The man of wealth has rule over the poor, and he who gets into debt is a servant to his creditor.


By planting the seed of evil a man will get in the grain of sorrow, and the rod of his wrath will be broken.


He who is kind will have a blessing, for he gives of his bread to the poor.


Send away the man of pride, and argument will go out; truly fighting and shame will come to an end.


He whose heart is clean is dear to the Lord; for the grace of his lips the king will be his friend.


The eyes of the Lord keep knowledge, but by him the acts of the false man will be overturned.


The hater of work says, There is a lion outside: I will be put to death in the streets.


The mouth of strange women is a deep hole: he with whom the Lord is angry will go down into it.


Foolish ways are deep-seated in the heart of a child, but the rod of punishment will send them far from him.


He who is cruel to the poor for the purpose of increasing his profit, and he who gives to the man of wealth, will only come to be in need. (Proverbs, 22:1-16)



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