- The folly of a man spoils his ways: and he blames God in
- Wealth acquires many friends; but the poor is deserted even of the
friend he has.
- A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that accuses
unjustly shall not escape.
- Many court the favour of kings; but every bad man becomes a
reproach to another man.
- Every one who hates his poor brother shall also be far
from friendship. Good understanding will draw near to them that know
it, and a sensible man will find it. He that does much harm perfects
mischief; and he that uses provoking words shall not escape.
- He that procures wisdom loves himself; and he that keeps wisdom
shall find good.
- A false witness shall not be unpunished; and whosoever shall
kindle mischief shall perish by it.
- Delight does not suit a fool, nor is it seemly if a
servant should begin to rule with haughtiness.
- A merciful man is long-suffering; and his [a] triumph overtakes transgressors.
- The threatening of a king is like the roaring of a lion; but as
dew on the grass, so is his favour.
- A foolish son is a disgrace to his father: vows paid out
of the hire of a harlot are not pure.
- Fathers divide house and substance to their children: but
a wife is suited to a man by the Lord.
- [b] Cowardice possesses the effeminate
man; and the soul of the sluggard shall hunger.
- He that keeps the commandments keeps his own soul; but he that
despises his ways shall perish.
- He that has pity on the poor lends to the Lord; and he will
recompense to him according to his gift.
- Chasten thy son, for so he shall be hopeful; and be not exalted
in thy soul to haughtiness.
- A malicious man shall be serverely punished, and if he commit
injury, he shall also lose his life.
- Hear, son, the instruction of thy father, that thou mayest be wise
at thy latter end.
- There are many thoughts in a man's heart; but the counsel
of the Lord abides for ever.
- Mercy is a fruit to a man: and a poor man is better than a rich
- The fear of the Lord is life to a man: [c] and he shall lodge without fear in places
where knowledge is not seen.
- He that unjustly hides his hands in his bosom, will not even
bring them up to his mouth.
- When a pestilent character is scourged, a simple man is made
wiser: and if thou reprove a wise man, he will understand discretion.
- He that dishonours his father, and drives away his mother, shall
be disgraced and shall be exposed to reproach.
- A son who ceases to attend to the instruction of a father will
cherish evil designs.
- He that becomes surety for a foolish child will despise the
ordinance: and the mouth of ungodly men shall drink down judgments.
- Scourges are preparing for the intemperate, and punishments
likewise for fools.
[a] Gr. boasting comes upon.
[b] Or, keeps down.
[c] Or, 'but he that is without
fear (sc. of the Lord) shall dwell' etc.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]