- As a rush of water, so is the king's heart in God's hand: he turns
it whithersoever he may desire to point out.
- Every man seems to himself righteous; but the Lord directs the hearts.
- To do justly and to speak truth, are more pleasing to God than the
blood of sacrifices.
- A high-minded man is stout-hearted in his pride; and the
lamp of the wicked is sin
- He that gathers treasures with a lying tongue pursues
vanity on to the snares of death.
- Destruction shall lodge with the ungodly; for they refuse to do
- To the froward God sends froward ways; for his works are pure and
- It is better to dwell in a corner [a] on the house-top, than in plastered
rooms with unrighteousness, and in an open house.
- The soul of the ungodly shall not be pitied by any man.
- When an intemperate man is punished the simple becomes wiser: and
a wise man understanding will receive knowledge.
- A righteous man understands the hearts of the ungodly: and
despises the ungodly for their wickedness.
- He that stops his ears from hearing the poor, himself also shall
cry, and there shall be none to hear him.
- A secret gift calms anger: but he that forbears to give stirs up
- It is the joy of the righteous to do judgment: but a holy
man is abominable with evil-doers.
- A man that wanders out of the way of righteousness, shall rest in
the congregation of [b] giants.
- A poor man loves mirth, loving wine and oil in abundance;
- and a transgressor is the [c]
abomination of a righteous man.
- It is better to dwell in a wilderness than with a
quarrelsome and talkative and passionate woman.
- A desirable treasure will rest on the mouth of the wise; but
foolish men will swallow it up.
- The way of righteousness and mercy will find life and glory.
- A wise man assaults strong cities, and demolishes the fortress in
which the ungodly trusted.
- He that keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from trouble.
- A bold and self-willed and insolent man is called a pest:
and he that remembers injuries is a transgressor.
- Desires kill the sluggard; for his hands do not choose to do
- An ungodly man entertains evil desires all the day: but the
righteous is unsparingly merciful and compassionate.
- The sacrifices of the ungodly are abomination to the Lord, for
they offer them wickedly.[d]
- A false witness shall perish; but an obedient man will speak
- An ungodly man [e] impudently
withstands with his face; but the upright man himself understands his
- There is no wisdom, there is no courage, there is no counsel
against the ungodly.
- A horse is prepared for the day of battle; but help is of the
[a] Gr. in the open air.
[b] Heb. Rephaim. See Appendix
[c] Gr. `off-scouring;' perhaps
`ransom,' q. d. that which cleans.
[d] Or, unlawfully.
[e] See Alex. ungodly.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]