- The ungodly man flees when no one pursues: but the
righteous is confident as a lion.
- By reason of the sins of ungodly men quarrels arise; but a wise
man will [a] quell them
- A bold man oppresses the poor by ungodly deeds. As an impetuous
and unprofitable rain,
- so they that forsake the law praise ungodliness; but they that
love the law fortify themselves with a wall.
- Evil men will not understand judgment: but they that seek the Lord
will understand [b] everything.
- A poor man walking in truth is better than a rich liar.
- A wise son keeps the law: but he that keeps up debauchery
dishonours his father.
- He that increases his wealth by usuries and unjust gains,
gathers it for him that pities the poor.
- He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even he has
[c] made his prayer abominable.
- He that causes upright men to err in an evil way, himself shall
fall into destruction: transgressors also shall pass by prosperity but
shall not enter into it.
- A rich man is wise in his own conceit; but an intelligent poor man
will condemn him.
- By reason of the help of righteous men great glory arises: but in
the places of the ungodly men are caught.
- He that covers his own ungodliness shall not prosper: but he that
blames himself shall beloved.
- Blessed is the man who religiously fears [d] always: but the hard of heart shall fall
- A hungry lion and a thirsty wolf is he, who, being poor,
rules over a poor nation.
- A king in need of revenues is a great oppressor: but he that hates
injustice shall live a long time.
- He that becomes surety for a man charged with murder shall be an
exile, and not in safety. Chasten thy son, and he shall love thee,
and give honour to thy soul: he shall not obey a sinful nation.
- He that walks justly is assisted: but he that walks in crooked
ways shall be entangled therein.
- He that tills his own land shall be satisfied with [e] bread: but he that follows idleness
shall have plenty of poverty.
- A man worthy of credit shall be much blessed: but the wicked shall
not be unpunished.
- He that reverences not the persons of the just is not good: such
a one will sell a man for a morsel of bread.
- An envious man makes haste to be rich, and knows not that the
merciful man will have the mastery over him.
- He that reproves a man's ways shall have more favour than he
that flatters with the tongue.
- [f] He that casts off father or
mother, and thinks he sins not; the same is partaker with an ungodly
- An unbelieving man judges rashly: but he that trusts in the Lord
will act carefully.
- He that trusts to a bold heart, such an one is a fool: but he
that walks in wisdom shall be safe.
- He that gives to the poor shall not be in want: but he that turns
away his eye from him shall be in great distress.
- In the places of ungodly men the righteous [g] mourn: but in their destruction the
righteous shall be multiplied.
[a] Gr. quench.
[b] Gr. in everything.
[c] Or, abhorred his prayer.
[d] Gr. all things.
[e] Gr. plural.
[f] Mark 7. 11.
[g] Gr. groan.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]