- A wise son makes his father glad: but a foolish son is a
grief to his mother.
- Treasures shall not profit the lawless: but righteousness shall
deliver from death.
- The Lord will not famish a righteous soul: but he will overthrow
the life of the ungodly.
- Poverty brings a man low: but the hands of the vigorous make
rich. A son who is instructed shall be wise, and shall use the fool
for a servant.
- A wise son is saved from heat: but a lawless son is blighted of
the winds in harvest.
- The blessing of the Lord is upon the head of the just: but
untimely grief shall cover the mouth of the ungodly.
- The memory of the just is praised; but the name of the ungodly
man is extinguished.
- A wise man in heart will receive commandments; but he that is
unguarded in his lips shall be overthrown in his perverseness.
- He that walks simply, walks confidently; but he that perverts his
ways shall be known.
- He that winks with his eyes deceitfully, procures griefs for men;
but he that reproves boldly is a peacemaker.
- There is a fountain of life in the hand of a righteous
man; but destruction shall cover the mouth of the ungodly.
- Hatred stirs up strife; but affection covers all that do not love
- He that brings forth wisdom from his lips smites the [a] fool with a rod.
- The wise will hide discretion; but the mouth of the hasty draws
near to ruin.
- The wealth of rich men is a strong city; but poverty is the ruin
of the ungodly.
- The works of the righteous produce life; but the fruits of the
ungodly produce sins.
- Instruction keeps the right ways of life; but instruction
unchastened goes astray.
- Righteous lips cover enmity; but they that utter railings are most
- By a multitude of words thou shalt not escape sin; but if thou
refrain thy lips thou wilt be prudent.
- The tongue of the just is tried silver; but the heart of the
ungodly shall fail.
- The lips of the righteous know sublime truths: but the
foolish die in want.
- The blessing of the Lord is upon the head of the righteous; it
enriches him, and grief of heart shall not be added to it.
- A fool does mischief in [b] sport; but
wisdom brings forth prudence for a man.
- The ungodly is engulphed in destruction; but the desire of the
righteous is acceptable.
- When the storm passes by, the ungodly vanishes away; but the
righteous turns aside and escapes for ever.
- As a sour grape is hurtful to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so
iniquity hurts those that practise it.
- The fear of the Lord adds length of days: but the years
of the ungodly shall be shortened.
- Joy rests long with the righteous: but the hope of the ungodly
- The fear of the Lord is a strong hold of the saints: but ruin
comes to them that work wickedness.
- The righteous shall never fail: but the ungodly shall not dwell in
- The mouth of the righteous drops wisdom: but the tongue of the
unjust shall perish.
- The lips of just men drop grace: but the mouth of the ungodly is
[a] Lit. heartless man,
[b] Gr. laughter.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]