- Let the heart of a man think justly, that his steps may be rightly
ordered of God.
- The eye that sees rightly rejoices the heart; and a good
report fattens the bones.
- He that rejects instruction hates himself; but he that
minds reproofs loves his soul.
- The fear of the Lord is instruction and wisdom; and the highest
honour will [a] correspond therewith. All
the works of the humble man are manifest with God; but the
ungodly shall perish in an evil day.
- Every one that is proud in heart is unclean before God,
and he that unjustly strikes hands with hand shall not be held
guiltless. The beginning of a good way is to do justly; and it is more
acceptable with God than to offer sacrifices. He that seeks the Lord
shall find knowledge with righteousness: and they that rightly seek
him shall find peace. All the works of the Lord are done with
righteousness; and the ungodly man is kept for the evil day.
- There is an oracle upon the lips of a king; and
his mouth shall not err in judgment.
- The poise of the balance is righteousness with the Lord; and his
works are righteous measures.
- An evil-doer is an abomination to a king; for the throne of rule
is established by righteousness.
- Righteous lips are acceptable to a king; and he loves right words.
- The anger of a king is a messenger of death; but a wise man will
- The son of a king is in the light of life; and htey that are in
favour with him are as a cloud of latter rain.
- The [b] brood of wisdom is more to be
chosen than gold, and the brood of prudence more to be chosen than
- The paths of life turn aside from evil; and the ways of
righteousness are length of life. He that receives instruction shall
be in prosperity; and he that regards reproofs shall be made wise. He
that keeps his ways, preserves his own soul; and he that loves his
life will spare his mouth.
- Pride goes before destruction, and folly before a fall.
- Better is a meek-spirited man with [c] lowliness, than one who divides spoils
with the proud.
- He who is skilful in business finds good: but he that
trusts in God is most blessed.
- Men call the wise and understanding evil: but they that
are pleasing in speech shall hear more.
- Understanding is a fountain of life to its possessors; but the
instruction of fools is evil.
- The heart of the wise will discern the things which
proceed from his own mouth; and on his lips he will wear
- Good words are honeycombs, and hte sweetness thereof is a healing
of the soul.
- There are ways that seem to be right to a man, but the end of them
looks to the depth of hell.
- A man who labours, labours for himself, and drives from
him his own ruin.
- But the perverse bears destruction upon his own mouth: a foolish
man digs up evil for himself, and treasures fire on his own lips.
- A perverse man spreads mischief, and will kindle a torch of deceit
with mischiefs; and he separates friends.
- A transgressor tries to ensnare friends, and leads them
in ways that are not good.
- And the man that fixes his eyes devises perverse things, and marks
out with his lips all evils: he is a furnace of wickedness.
- Old age is a crown of [d] honour, but
it is found in the ways of righteousness.
- A man slow to anger is better than a strong man; and he
that governs his temper better than the that takes a city.
- All evils come upon the ungodly into their
bosoms; but all righteous things come of the Lord.
[a] Lit. answer it, see Appendix.
Abodes. Comp. Heb. See Lu. 13. 35.
[c] Or, affliction.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]