- A man who wishes to separate from friends seeks excuses; but at
all times he will be liable to reproach.
- A senseless man feels no need of wisdom, for he is rather led by
- When an ungodly man comes into a depth of evils, he despises
them; but dishonour and reproach come upon him.
- A word in the heart of a man is a deep water, and a river and
fountain of life spring forth.
- It is not good to accept the person of the ungodly, nor
is it holy to pervert justice in judgment.
- The lips of a fool bring him into troubles, and his bold
mouth calls for death.
- A fool's mouth is ruin to him, and his lips are a snare to his
- Fear casts down the slothful; and the souls of the effeminate
- A man who helps not himself by his labour is brother of him that
- The name of the Lord is of great strength; and the righteous [a] running to it are exalted.
- The wealth of a rich man is a strong city; and its glory casts a
- Before ruin a man's heart is exalted, and before honour it is
- Whoso answers a word before he hears a cause, it is folly
and reproach to him.
- A wise servant calms a man's anger; but who can endure a
- The heart of the sensible man purchases discretion; and
the ears of the wise seek understanding.
- A man's gift [b] enlarges him, and
seats him among princes.
- A righteous man accuses himself at the beginning of his speech,
but [c] when he has entered upon the
attack, the adversary is reproved.
- A silent man quells strifes, and determines between great
- A brother helped by a brother is as a strong and high city; and is
as strong as a well-founded palace.
- A man fills his belly with the fruits of his mouth; and he shall
be satisfied with the fruits of his lips.
- Life and death are in the power of the tongue; and they that rule
it shall eat the fruits thereof.
- He that has found a good wife has found favours, and has received
gladness from God. [[d] He that puts away
a good wife, puts away a [e] good thing,
and he that keeps an adulteress is foolish and ungodly.]
[a] Gr. having run.
[b] See Ps. 188. (119) 32.
[c] Comp. Mark 14. ult. and margin, with 2
Tim. 4. 14-17.
[d] Heb. omits this verse.
[e] Gr. plural.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]