- He that loves instruction loves sense, but he that hates reproofs
is a fool.
- [a] He that has found favour with the
Lord is made better; but a transgressor shall be passed over
- A man shall not prosper by wickedness; but the roots of the
righteous shall not be taken up.
- A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband; but as a worm in wood,
so a bad woman destroys her husband.
- The thoughts of the righteous are true judgments; but
ungodly men devise deceits.
- The words of ungodly men are crafty; but the mouth of the upright
shall deliver them.
- When the ungodly is overthrown, he vanishes away; but the houses
of the just remain.
- The mouth of an understanding man is praised by a man;
but he that is dull of heart is had in derision.
- Better is a man in dishonour serving himself, than one honouring
himself and wanting bread.
- A righteous man has pity for the lives of his cattle; but the
bowels of the ungodly are unmerciful.
- He that tills his own land shall be satisfied with bread; but they
that pursue vanities are void of understanding. He that enjoys
himself in banquets of wine, shall leave dishonour in his own strong holds.
- The desires of the ungodly are evil; but the roots of the godly
are firmly set.
- For the sin of his lips a sinner falls into snares; but a
righteous man escapes from them. He whose looks are gentle shall be
pitied, but he that contends in the gates will afflict souls.
- The soul of a man shall be filled with good from the fruits of his
mouth; and the recompence of his lips shall be given to him.
- The ways of fools are right in their own eyes; but a wise man
hearkens to counsels.
- A fool declares his wrath the same day; but a prudent man hides
his own disgrace.
- A righteous man declares the open truth; but an unjust witness is
- Some wound as they speak, like swords; but the tongues of
the wise heal.
- True lips establish testimony; but a hasty witness has an unjust
- There is deceit in the heart of him that imagines evil;
but they that love peace shall rejoice.
- No injustice will please a just man; but the ungodly will be
filled with mischief.
- Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord; but he that deals
faithfully is accepted with him.
- An understanding man is a throne of wisdom; but the heart of fools
shall meet with curses.
- The hand of chosen men shall easily obtain rule; but the deceitful
shall be for a prey.
- A terrible word troubles the heart of a righteous man; but a good
message rejoices him.
- A just arbitrator shall be his own friend; but mischief shall
pursue sinners; and the way of ungodly men shall lead them astray.
- A deceitful man shall catch no game; but a [b] blameless man is a precious possession.
- In the ways of righteousness is life; but the ways of those that
remember injuries lead to death.
[a] Or. better is he, etc.
[b] Gr. pure.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]