Proverbs 31

Sayings of King Lemuel 31 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him. 2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!     Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers! 3 Do not spend your strength on women,     your vigor on those who ruin kings. 4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—     it is not for kings to […]

Proverbs 30

Sayings of Agur 30 The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh—an inspired utterance. This man’s utterance to Ithiel: “I am weary, God,     but I can prevail. 2 Surely I am only a brute, not a man;     I do not have human understanding. 3 I have not learned wisdom,     nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One. […]

Proverbs 29

29 Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes     will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy. 2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;     when the wicked rule, the people groan. 3 A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,     but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. 4 By justice a king gives a country stability,     but those who are greedy for bribes […]

Proverbs 28

28 The wicked flee though no one pursues,     but the righteous are as bold as a lion. 2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,     but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order. 3 A ruler who oppresses the poor     is like a driving rain that leaves no crops. 4 Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,     but […]

Proverbs 27

27 Do not boast about tomorrow,     for you do not know what a day may bring. 2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth;     an outsider, and not your own lips. 3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden,     but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both. 4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,     but who can stand […]

Proverbs 26

26 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,     honor is not fitting for a fool. 2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,     an undeserved curse does not come to rest. 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,     and a rod for the backs of fools! 4 Do not answer a fool according to […]

Proverbs 25

More Proverbs of Solomon 25 These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah: 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;     to search out a matter is the glory of kings. 3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,     so the hearts of kings are unsearchable. […]

Proverbs 24

Saying 20 24 Do not envy the wicked,     do not desire their company; 2 for their hearts plot violence,     and their lips talk about making trouble. Saying 21 3 By wisdom a house is built,     and through understanding it is established; 4 through knowledge its rooms are filled     with rare and beautiful treasures. Saying 22 5 The wise prevail through great […]

Proverbs 23

Saying 7 23 When you sit to dine with a ruler,     note well what[a] is before you, 2 and put a knife to your throat     if you are given to gluttony. 3 Do not crave his delicacies,     for that food is deceptive. Saying 8 4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;     do not trust your own cleverness. 5 Cast […]

Proverbs 22

22 A good name is more desirable than great riches;     to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. 2 Rich and poor have this in common:     The Lord is the Maker of them all. 3 The prudent see danger and take refuge,     but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. 4 Humility is the fear of the Lord;     its wages […]