Proverbs of Solomon

Proverbs of Solomon

Chapter 1

1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, who reigned over Israel.
2 People get to know wisdom through the parables, they understand proper corrections and wise sayings.
3 People learn the rules of sound mind and righteousness, justice and honesty in the parables.
4 These parables will make the simple person smart, and the young person will learn knowledge and skills of thinking.
5 The wise person will listen to the parables and multiply his knowledge. And the intelligent person will find wise advices in the parables.
6 The simple and wise, young and intelligent people will understand the difficult speech in the parables. And they will interpret the meaning of the words of smart people.
7 The person who fears the Lord will begin to learn wisdom. Only fools despise wisdom and proper corrections.
8 My son, listen to the proper corrections of your father. And do not reject when your mother teaches you the Law of God the Creator.
9 Listen, and grace will decorate your neck and your head like a beautiful garland.
10 My son, do not agree if sinners tempt you.
11 But they will say, “Come with us, we will set a trap for the innocent person. We will wait in a hiding place and kill him.”
12 Sinners will say, “Come with us, we will send the living people to hell. We will drop them down directly to the dead people in the grave.”
13 They will say, “Come with us, we will find all kinds of precious things. We will steal them and fill our houses with the loot.”
14 Sinners will say, “Come on, and you will cast lots with us. You take what you win, and this way we will share stolen things among us.”
15 My son, do not walk with sinners, keep your foot away from their path.
16 The feet of sinners run to evil and hurry to shed blood.
17 Birds do not think that any of them will get caught in a net.
18 But hunters wait in a hiding place, they trap birds and shed their blood.
19 This is what will happen to everyone who wants to steal: the stolen possession will take away his life from him.
20 Wisdom shouts in the streets, and it raises its voice in the public places.
21 Wisdom preaches in the main meeting places, it speaks at the entrance to the city gate,
22 “Uneducated people, how long will you love your illiteracy? Offenders, how long will you insult and enjoy it? Fools, how long will you hate knowledge?
23 Wisdom says, “Turn to me and listen to my rebukes. I will pour out my spirit on you, and I will tell you my words.
24 I called you, but you did not listen. I stretched out my hand, but no one paid attention to me.
25 You rejected all my advices and did not accept my rebuke.
26 So when you are perishing, I will laugh. When horror comes to you, I will rejoice.
27 The horror will fall on you like a storm, like a disaster, like a tornado. And you will grieve and live in difficult circumstances.
28 Then fools will call me, but I will not hear them. Since morning they will look for me, but they will not find me.
29 They hated knowledge and chose life without the fear of God.
30 They rejected my advices, they despised all my rebukes.
31 So they will eat the fruits which grow on their ways, and they will feed themselves with their evil thoughts.
32 Stubbornness will kill uneducated people, and carelessness will destroy fools.
33 But the person who listens to me will live safely and peacefully. He will not be afraid of evil.”

Chapter 2

1 My son, receive my words and treasure the commandments.
2 Listen carefully to what wisdom speaks. Turn your heart to wisdom and think.
3 Call out for knowledge and lift up your voice for understanding.
4 Seek knowledge as silver. Search for it as a treasure.
5 Then you will understand what the fear of the Lord is, and you will find the knowledge of God.
6 The Lord gives wisdom. The Lord speaks words which give knowledge and understanding.
7 God keeps salvation for righteous people. He becomes a shield for those who live blamelessly.
8 The Lord guards the paths of justice and protects the way of His holy people.
9 Then you will understand what righteousness and justice, honesty and the right path is.
10 Let wisdom enter your heart, and let your soul enjoy knowledge.
11 Then sound mind will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
12 This will save you from the evil way and from a person who speaks lie.
13 Sound mind and understanding will save you from those who leave straight paths and walk in the ways of darkness.
14 This will save you from those who are happy to do evil and who delight in evil perversion.
15 They crooked their ways and wander through them.
16 A wife of another man seduces with her words, but wisdom and knowledge will save you from her.
17 She left the one who guided her when she was young. And she forgot the covenant with her God.
18 The house of immoral woman leads to death, and her ways bring to the dead people.
19 The man who visits her will not return, and he will not walk in the path of life.
20 So walk in the way of the good people and keep to the path of the righteous people.
21 Remember that the righteous people will live in the land, and the blameless people will remain in it.
22 But the wicked people will be destroyed on the land, and the root of unfaithful people will be removed from it.

Chapter 3

1 My son, do not forget the Law of God the Creator. And keep the commandments in your heart.
2 It will make the days of your life long. And it will multiply your peace.
3 Let mercy and truth never leave you. Tie them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will find mercy and kindness in the eyes of God and people.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your understanding.
6 Acknowledge God in all your ways, and He will direct your steps.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8 This will give health to your body and make your bones strong.
9 Honor the Lord with your property, with the firstfruits and with all your profit.
10 And God will fill your storage rooms with abundance. He will overflow your storage tanks with new wine.
11 My son, accept the Lord’s correction, and don’t be upset when He disciplines you.
12 The Lord corrects the one He loves, same way as a father corrects his son in whom he delights.
13 Blessed is the person who finds wisdom and gains understanding.
14 It is better to gain wisdom than silver. Wisdom will bring you more profit than gold.
15 Wisdom costs more than precious stones, and nothing you desire can compare with wisdom.
16 Wisdom holds long life in its right hand. Wisdom holds wealth and glory in its left hand.
17 All the ways of wisdom are pleasant and peaceful.
18 Wisdom becomes the tree of life for the one who gains it. And blessed is the person who has wisdom.
19 The Lord founded the earth by wisdom, and He established the heavens by understanding.
20 God created the deep oceans by wisdom, and the clouds drop the dew by wisdom.
21 My son, do not turn your eyes away from wisdom and understanding. Keep sound mind and skills of thinking.
22 And it will give life to your soul, it will decorate your neck.
23 Then you will walk safely on your way, and your foot will not stumble.
24 When you go to bed, you will not be afraid. When you fall asleep, your sleep will be sweet.
25 You will not fear when trouble suddenly comes from wicked people.
26 You will trust in the Lord, and He will keep your foot from a trap.
27 Do not refuse to do good deed to a needy person when it is in your power to help him.
28 If you can help your friend today, then do not say to him, “Come back tomorrow, and then I will help you.”
29 Do not plan to do evil to a person when he lives near you and trusts you.
30 If a person does not harm you, do not fight with him without a reason.
31 Do not envy the person who oppresses others with violence, and do not choose any of his ways.
32 God hates a perverse person, God has fellowship with the righteous people.
33 The Lord curses the house of the ungodly person, but God blesses the home of the righteous person.
34 The Lord laughs at those who mock at Him, but God gives grace to humble people.
35 Wise people will inherit glory, but fools will inherit shame.

Chapter 4

1 My children, listen carefully to proper corrections of your father and learn understanding.
2 I taught you a good teaching, do not leave the Law of God the Creator.
3 I was the only son of my father, and my mother loved me dearly.
4 My father taught me and said, “Let your heart grasp my words, keep the commandments and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding. Do not forget about it and do not turn away from my words.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and it will protect you. Love wisdom, and it will guard you.
7 Wisdom is the most important thing. Get wisdom, and gain understanding with everything what you have.
8 Value wisdom greatly, and it will make you great. Become one with wisdom, and it will bring you honor.
9 Wisdom will place grace on your head like a garland. It will decorate you with a magnificent crown.
10 My son, listen and accept my words, and the years of your life will be increased.
11 I show you the way of wisdom, I lead you in straight paths.
12 When you walk, nothing will limit you. And when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Apply proper corrections and do not skip them. Pay attention to them, and it will give you life.
14 Do not choose the path of the wicked people and do not walk in the way of evil people.
15 Avoid this way and do not go there, turn away from evil and pass by.
16 The wicked people cannot sleep if they do not do evil. They lose their sleep if they do not make someone fall down.
17 Wicked people eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 The path of the righteous people is getting brighter and brighter. It looks like the radiant sun, which shines more and more, until the full day comes.
19 But darkness is getting thicker in the way of the wicked people, they do not know what they will stumble over.
20 My son, pay attention to my words and listen carefully to my sayings.
21 Let my words always be before your eyes. Let them penetrate deep into your heart.
22 My words will bring life to the one who finds them, my words will make the whole body healthy.
23 Guard your heart above all else and protect it. As water flows from a source, so your life will flow from your heart.
24 Reject false talk and keep deceitful words far from you.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead. And fix your eyelashes on what lies before you.
26 Consider steps for your foot, walk in your ways and do not doubt.
27 Do not turn to the right or to the left. Remove your foot from evil.

Chapter 5

1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom and listen carefully to wise sayings.
2 Then you will show skills of thinking, and you will speak with deep understanding.
3 The words of an immoral woman drip with honey, and her speech flows softer than oil.
4 But in the end you will feel bitterness from her as from a biter plant. And later she will wound you as a sword sharpened on both sides.
5 The feet of an immoral woman go down to death, and her steps lead straight to hell.
6 You will not understand the path of her life, all her ways are not stable, and you will find no meaning in them.
7 Children, listen to me and do not ignore my words.
8 Keep your path far from an immoral woman, and do not go near the door of her house.
9 Then you will not lose your respect, and you will not suffer when you get оld.
10 Then immoral women will not take your strength away, and you will not work for someone else’s house.
11 Do not come close to another man’s wife. Otherwise, disease will consume your body, you will lose your health, and later you will groan.
12 You will say, “Why did I hate proper corrections? Why did my heart ignore rebukes?
13 Why did I not listen to the voice of my teachers? And why did I not pay attention to my instructors?
14 I almost came to the point of doing evil among all the congregation and society!”
15 Drink water from your cistern. Drink water which flows from your well.
16 Do not spill your fountains on the street, and do not spill the streams of water in the market places.
17 Let them belong only to you, do not share them with immoral women.
18 Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth.
19 She looks like a loving deer and a beautiful mountain goat. Let her breasts satisfy you all the time, enjoy her love always.
20 My son, why should you love an immoral woman? Why should you hug her breasts?
21 The Lord sees all the ways of man, and He watches all his paths.
22 The evil deeds of the wicked person drive him into a trap. And the chains of his sin hold the sinner firmly.
23 The wicked person does not listen to proper corrections and dies. He goes astray because of his many crazy actions.

Chapter 6

1 My son, did you guarantee to pay off the debt of another person? Did you shake hands in agreement?
2 You trapped yourself with your words and caught yourself with your promise.
3 My son, this is what you should do: free yourself from paying someone else’s debt. You fell into your neighbor’s hands, so go, fall at his feet and beg him.
4 Do not go to bed and drive your sleep away.
5 Save yourself from paying someone else’s debt, like a deer runs away from hunter’s hands, like a bird flies away from hunter’s hands.
6 Lazy person, go to the ant, look at its actions and become wise.
7 It has no director, no supervisor, no master.
8 But the ant stores its provisions in the summer, and it gathers its food during the harvest.
9 Lazy person, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up and get up from your bed?
10 What will happen if you sleep a little bit, if you get a little nap, if you fold your hands and rest a little bit?
11 Then poverty will come to you like a beggar. Then need will come to you like a robber.
12 A liar and a wicked person goes everywhere and speaks deceitful speech.
13 He sends secret signals with his eyes, feet and fingers.
14 A liar hides wickedness in his heart. All the time he plans to do evil, and he sows conflicts.
15 So disaster will come upon him suddenly, and in a moment he will be destroyed without healing.
16 The Lord hates six things, His soul disgusts even seven things.
17 God hates proud eyes, deceitful talk, and hands which shed innocent blood.
18 God hates a heart that bears evil plans. God hates feet that run quickly to do evil.
19 God hates a false witness who speaks lie, and a person who sows conflicts among brothers.
20 My son, keep your father’s commandment. And do not reject the Law of God the Creator which your mother taught you.
21 Bind the commandments to your heart forever and tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk, the commandments will guide you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will talk with you.
23 The commandment illuminates the way like a lamp. The Law of God the Creator brings light. Rebukes and proper corrections show the way to life.
24 The commandments will protect you from a wicked woman and from the flattering speech of immoral woman.
25 Do not lust in your heart for her beauty. Do not let her captivate you with her eyelashes.
26 Men become poor because of an immoral woman, and they even lose a piece of bread. Another man’s wife drives a precious soul into a trap.
27 Can anybody keep fire under his clothes so that his clothes would not be burned?
28 Can anyone walk on hot coals so that he would not burn his feet?
29 The same will happen to the one who sleeps with another man’s wife. The man who touches her will get punishment.
30 Nobody excuses a hungry thief when he steals and satisfies his soul.
31 People will catch the thief, and he will pay back seven times more than he stole. He will give away all the property of his house.
32 A man who has a love affair with a woman has no understanding. A man who sleeps with another man’s wife destroys his soul.
33 People will find him, and they will beat him. They will put him to shame, and his bad reputation will never be erased.
34 Her husband will be jealous and furious. The day will come, and her husband will not spare his offender, and he will take revenge on him.
35 Her husband will not accept any compensation, and he will not be satisfied, even if his offender gives him a lot of gifts.

Chapter 7

1 My son, keep my words and treasure the commandments.
2 Keep the commandments and live. Guard the Law of God the Creator like the apple of your eye.
3 Tie my commandments on your fingers, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister!” and call understanding your closest relative.
5 Wisdom and understanding will protect you from an immoral woman who seduces with her words.
6 One day I was home, and I looked at the window through the net.
7 I saw an inexperienced young man, I noticed a stupid man among the youth.
8 He was walking along the street to the house of an immoral woman, and he crossed the square near the corner of her house.
9 It was getting dark, and the evening turned into the black night and darkness.
10 So the young man meets a woman there. She is dressed shamelessly, and she has a wicked heart.
11 She is loud and rebellious. She wanders around and does not stay at home.
12 She makes wicked plans in the street, in the market places and at every corner.
13 She grabbed the man, she kissed him and said with a shameless face,
14 “I made my peace offering, today I fulfilled my vows.
15 So I came out to meet you, and I found you.
16 I covered my bed with blankets, and I decorated it with colorful Egyptian fabrics.
17 I perfumed my bedroom with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink the cup of love until the morning, let’s enjoy our love.
19 My husband is not at home, he went on a long journey.
20 He took a purse full of money, and he will return home on the day of the full moon.”
21 She tempted the man with a lot of sweet words, and she seduced him with her soft lips.
22 At the same moment the man followed her, like an ox going to the slaughter. The man resembled a deer walking towards a shot.
23 But soon the arrow will pierce his liver. Like a bird, the man throws himself into the net, and he does not know that it will destroy him.
24 Children, listen to me and pay attention to my words.
25 Do not let your heart turn to the ways of an immoral woman, do not wander through her paths.
26 She wounded a lot of people, and they fell down. She killed a lot of strong men.
27 The house of this woman stands on the way to hell and leads to the inner rooms of death.

Chapter 8

1 Do you hear wisdom shouting loudly? Do you hear understanding raising its voice?
2 Wisdom stands up on the hilltops, along the road and at the crossroads.
3 She calls loudly at the entrance to the city gates and at the door of the houses,
4 “People, I shout loudly to you. Sons of man, listen to my voice!
5 Stupid people, learn to think wisely. Fools, learn understanding.
6 Listen, because I will tell you important things, I will speak right.
7 Listen, because I speak the truth, and I hate wicked speech.
8 I speak the words of righteousness without wickedness and lie.
9 A wise person will completely understand my words. The person who found knowledge will understand that my speech is right.
10 Receive my proper corrections instead of silver. It is better to get rich with knowledge than with pure gold.
11 Wisdom costs more than jewels. You cannot compare wisdom with any wealth which you would like to have.
12 I am wisdom. I live with understanding and look for skills of thinking and knowledge.
13 The person who fears the Lord hates evil. I hate pride and arrogance, evil way and wicked speech.
14 I have advise and success, understanding and power.
15 Kings govern by wisdom, and rulers make just laws by wisdom.
16 The governors, the princes, and all the judges of the earth govern by wisdom.
17 I love those who love me. And the person who seeks wisdom will find me.
18 I have riches, honor, and righteousness. I own a treasure that will not perish.
19 My fruits cost more than purest gold. And I will bring more profit than pure silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness, I walk in the paths of justice.
21 He who loves wisdom will inherit wealth, and I will fill their treasuries.
22 The Lord had wisdom from the beginning, before He created the world.
23 I existed from the beginning, before God formed the earth.
24 I was born before God created deep oceans, and before He filled the springs with water.
25 I was born before God shaped the mountains, I was born before the hills.
26 I was born before God made the earth, the fields and the first dust of the Universe.
27 I was there when God established the heavens when He drew the horizon above the deep oceans.
28 I was there when God set the clouds, and when He established the sources of water in the deep oceans.
29 God commanded the sea, and the waters do not break its boundaries. I was there when He established the earth by wisdom.
30 Every day I was an artist, and I was with God. All the time I was joyful, and I was rejoicing in His presence.
31 I was rejoicing around the earth, and I was delighting in the sons of man.
32 Children, listen to me: blessed are those who follow my ways.
33 Listen to proper corrections, do not reject it, and you will become wise.
34 Blessed is the person who listens to me, who is watching at my gates, and who is standing at my doors every day.
35 The person who found wisdom found life, and he will receive grace from the Lord.
36 But the one who sins against wisdom harms his soul. The person who hates me loves death.”

Chapter 9

1 Wisdom built a house for itself and made seven pillars.
2 It slaughtered a sacrifice, mixed some wine with water and put her food on the table.
3 Wisdom sent its servants, and they announced loudly from the high places of the city,
4 “Stupid people, turn here!” And wisdom said to those who lack understanding,
5 “Come, eat my bread and drink the wine I mixed with water.”
6 Leave your stupidness, live, and walk in the way of understanding.”
7 If you make a proper correction to an offender, he will insult you in return. The one who rebukes a wicked person will harm himself.
8 Do not rebuke an offender, because he will hate you. Rebuke a wise person, and he will love you.
9 Give an advise to a wise person, and he will become wiser. Teach a righteous person, and he will increase his knowledge.
10 A person who fears the Lord will begin to gain wisdom. Get to know the Holy God, and you will get understanding.
11 Become wise, and your days will be multiplied, and the years of your life will be added to you.
12 If you became wise, it will bring you benefit. And if you offend others, you will harm yourself.
13 There is a foolish woman. She is loud and stupid, and she knows nothing.
14 She sits at the door of her house and at the high places of the city.
15 She calls those who pass by, who go straight on their ways,
16 “Stupid, turn here!” And she said to the man who lacks understanding,
17 “Stolen water becomes sweet, and bread which you eat in secret becomes pleasant.”
18 But the fool does not know that the dead men are there, and that the immoral woman calls him into the depths of hell.

Chapter 10

1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings sorrow to his mother.
2 Unrighteous wealth does not bring profit, but righteousness delivers from death.
3 The Lord will not allow the soul of the righteous person to be hungry, but God will reject the desire of the wicked person.
4 Lazy hands will make a person poor, but hard working hands will make a person rich.
5 A wise son gathers crops in the summer, but a careless son sleeps during the harvest.
6 Blessings cover the head of a godly person, but violence covers the tongue of the wicked person.
7 People remember about a righteous person and bless him, but the name of the wicked person will become disgusting.
8 The person who is wise in his heart accepts the commandments, but the one who says stupid things will stumble.
9 He who lives honestly lives safely. But he who crooks his paths will get punishment.
10 The person who sends secret signals with his eyes brings trouble. And the one who speaks stupid things will stumble.
11 The words of the godly person become the source of life. But the words the wicked person bring to violence.
12 Hatred starts a quarrel, but love does not pay attention to offenses.
13 People find wisdom in the words of a person who has understanding, but a stick finds the back of the fool.
14 The wise people accumulate knowledge, but the words of the stupid people bring destruction closer.
15 The wealth of the rich person protects him as a fortified city, but poverty destroys the poor.
16 A righteous person works and makes his life richer. A wicked person also earns, but he spends his money on sin.
17 The person who pays attention to proper corrections walks on the path to life. But the one who rejects rebukes will go astray.
18 The one who hide hatred speaks deceitful speech, and a fool spreads lie.
19 Talking too much leads to sin. But the person who has understanding holds his tongue.
20 People value the words of the righteous person like pure silver, but people find no value in the heart of the wicked person.
21 The speech of the righteous person feeds many people, but fools die for lack of understanding.
22 The blessing of God brings wealth, and it does not bring any sorrow with it.
23 A fool enjoys in doing wrong, but a person of understanding finds pleasure in wisdom.
24 The fear of the wicked person will be fulfilled. The desire of the godly person will come true.
25 The storm will come and the wicked person will disappear, but the righteous person stands on the everlasting foundation.
26 Vinegar destroys the teeth, and tears come out because of smoke. Same way a lazy person irritates those he works for.
27 He who fears the Lord will add days to his life, but a wicked person will make the years of his life shorter.
28 The godly people hope and receive joy. The wicked people also hope, but their hope perishes.
29 The Lord protects a blameless person who follows His way. But he who acts lawlessly will perish.
30 The righteous person will never be moved, but wicked people will not live in the land.
31 The words of the godly person spreads wisdom, but the evil tongue harms, and it will be cut off.
32 The righteous person knows how to speak good words, but the wicked person knows how to speak perverse words.

Chapter 11

1 God hates an unbalanced scales, but He delights in accurate weight.
2 When pride comes, then shame comes. But when humility comes, then wisdom also comes.
3 Honesty guides sincere people, but dishonesty destroys evil people.
4 Wealth will not help in the day of wrath, but righteousness will save from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless person makes his way straight, but the wicked person will fall because of his evil deeds.
6 The righteousness of the honest people will save them. But the liars will fall into the trap of their evil desires.
7 A wicked person dies, and his hope disappears with him, so the expectation of the evil people perishes.
8 The righteous person is saved from trouble, but the wicked person enters into trouble instead of him.
9 The hypocrite destroys another person with his words, but knowledge saves the righteous person.
10 When the godly people prosper, then the city rejoices. And when wicked people perish, the city also celebrates.
11 The righteous people bless their city, and the city becomes great. But wicked people destroy the city with their own words.
12 A fool speaks to another person without respect, but the one who has understanding keeps silent.
13 A person who gossips opens a secret, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.
14 A nation falls because of lack of leadership, but a nation will live safely with many advisers.
15 The one who promises and guarantees to pay another person’s debt harms himself. But the one who hates it will live safely.
16 A kindhearted woman gains respect, but a heartless woman gains only wealth.
17 A merciful person does good to his soul, but a cruel person destroys his own body.
18 A wicked person gets rich for the moment. But the one who sows righteousness will reap a true reward.
19 Righteousness leads to life. But he who seeks to do evil seeks his death.
20 God hates people with evil hearts, but He delights in those whose ways are blameless.
21 Be sure that an evil person will get punishment, but the children of the godly people will be saved.
22 A beautiful woman who has no understanding resembles a golden ring in a pig’s nose.
23 The righteous people desire only good, but the wicked people expect wrath.
24 One person gives generously, and he receives even more. Another one saves beyond measure, but he is getting poorer.
25 The generous soul will prosper. And the person who gives water to others will be given water also.
26 People curse the one who withholds grain, but blessing will come on the head of the person who sells it.
27 The one who looks for good will find good. But evil will come to the person who looks for evil.
28 He who trusts in his wealth will fall. But the godly person will flourish like a green leaf of a tree.
29 He who destroys his own house will inherit the wind. And a fool will become a servant to the person who has a wise heart.
30 The fruit of the godly person becomes a tree of life, and a wise person wins souls.
31 If a righteous person receives on earth according to his deeds, then how much more the wicked person and the sinner will receive according to his deeds.

Chapter 12

1 He who loves proper corrections loves knowledge. But a fool hates when people rebuke him.
2 The Lord approves a good person. But He will condemn the one who plans to do evil.
3 A person will not make himself stronger by wickedness, but the root of the righteous person stands firm.
4 A business woman decorates her husband like a crown. But a wife who brings shame to her husband destroys him like rot in his bones.
5 The godly people think about right things, but wicked people plan to do wickedness.
6 Wicked people set a trap by their words and shed blood, but the words of the righteous people save them.
7 A disaster comes upon wicked people, and they disappear, but the house of the righteous person will stand firm.
8 People praise a person according to his understanding, but people will despise a man who has a corrupt heart.
9 It is better to be an ordinary person working for someone than to pretend to be an important person but have no food.
10 A godly person cares even for his animals, but cruelty fills the heart of wicked people.
11 He who works on his land will have a lot of food, but a fool follows the steps of lazy people.
12 A wicked person wants to catch another one into a net of evil, but the root of the righteous person stands firm.
13 An evildoer drives himself into a trap by his sinful speech, but a righteous person will escape from trouble.
14 Words bear fruit, and a person gets satisfied with good from his words, and he receives a reward for his work.
15 The fool thinks that he walks on the right way, but the wise person listens to an advice.
16 A fool gets angry quickly, but a wise person ignores an offense.
17 An honest person tells the truth, but a false witness tells lie.
18 The thoughtless person wounds with his words like a sword, but the wise person heals others with his words.
19 Truthful words live forever, but false words appear only for a moment.
20 Deceit fills the hearts of those who plan to do evil, but joy fills the hearts of peacemakers.
21 No evil will happen to the righteous person, but the wicked people will be filled with evil.
22 The person who speaks lie is disgusting to God. But he who speaks the truth pleases God.
23 A wise man has knowledge, but the heart of the fool spreads stupidity.
24 He who diligently works with his hands will rule over others. But a lazy person will be forced to work.
25 Worry in the heart of a person brings depression, but a kind word makes him glad.
26 The righteous person shows the way to another person. But the way of the wicked people will lead them astray.
27 Give a lazy person what was caught in hunting, but he will not cook it. But people value a hard-working person same way as a precious possession.
28 People find life in the way of righteousness, they will not face death there.

Chapter 13

1 A wise son listens to his father’s proper corrections. But a rebellious son does not listen to a rebuke.
2 The words bear fruit, and a person will be satisfied with good from his words. But the soul of unfaithful people will be filled with violence.
3 He who controls his tongue protects his soul. But destruction will come to the one who speaks too much.
4 The soul of the lazy person desires a lot of things, but he has nothing. But the soul of a hard working person will prosper.
5 The righteous person hates lying, but the wicked person brings shame to himself and loses his good name.
6 Righteousness guards the blameless person in his way, but wickedness destroys the sinner.
7 One person pretends to be rich, but he has nothing. And the other one pretends to be poor, but he has great wealth.
8 The rich person pays a ransom for his life with his wealth, but the poor person will not even hear a threat.
9 The light of the righteous people shines with joy, but the lamp of the wicked people will stop shining.
10 Pride leads to conflict. But the person who asks for advice gets wisdom.
11 When a person lives in vain then his wealth disappears. But he who works multiplies his wealth.
12 If hope does not come true for a long time then it brings sadness to the heart. But a fulfilled desire becomes a tree of life.
13 He who ignores the word destroys himself. But he who fears to break the commandment will receive a reward.
14 The Law of God the Creator becomes the source of life for a wise person. The Law of God turns people far away from the nets of death.
15 The ability to think clearly brings delight. But the behavior of the lawless brings violence.
16 A wise person acts with knowledge, but a fool shows his folly.
17 A wicked messenger gets into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings salvation.
18 The person who rejects proper corrections will become poor and will bring shame to himself. But people will respect the one who accepts rebukes.
19 A fulfilled desire is sweet to the soul, but it is disgusting for fools to depart from evil.
20 He who has fellowship with the wise people will become wise. But the one who makes friendship with fools will harm himself.
21 Evil chases sinners, but the righteous people will be rewarded with good.
22 A good person leaves an inheritance even to his grandchildren, but the wealth of the sinner is kept for the righteous person.
23 The fields of the poor people also produce a great harvest, but their crop perishes because of mess.
24 He who spares his son and does not discipline him with a stick hates him. But the one who loves his son makes proper corrections to him since his childhood.
25 The righteous person eats and gets satisfied, but the wicked person goes hungry.

Chapter 14

1 A wise woman will build her house, but a stupid woman will destroy it with her own hands.
2 He who walks on the straight way fears the Lord. But the one who makes his ways crooked despises God.
3 The words of the stupid person injures with the rod of pride, but the words of the wise person protect him.
4 Where there are no oxen, there are no expenses for food, but strong oxen brings great income.
5 An honest witness tells the truth, but a false witness tells a lot of lies.
6 An offender seeks wisdom and does not find it. But knowledge comes easily to the one who has understanding.
7 Stay away from a stupid person because you will not hear a wise speech from him.
8 An understanding person shows wisdom and knows the way where he is going. But a fool acts foolishly and deceives himself.
9 Stupid people laugh when a person asks God to forgive his sin, but righteous people approve repentance.
10 The heart knows the bitterness of its soul, and no stranger will share its joy.
11 The house of the wicked people will be destroyed, but the tent of the righteous people will prosper.
12 It happens that a person thinks that he walks on the right ways, but they end in death.
13 Sometimes people laugh, but they hide a heavy heart. When the laughter ends, the sorrow remains.
14 A person with a heart of backslider will be filled from his ways, but a good person will be satisfied with his ways.
15 A stupid person believes every word. But the one who has understanding pays attention to his ways.
16 A wise man fears to do evil and departs from it, but a fool gets irritated and shows self-confidence.
17 The person who gets angry easily does stupid things. But people will hate the one who plans to do evil.
18 A stupid person inherits foolishness. But the one who has understanding will be crowned with knowledge.
19 Evil people will bow before good people, wicked people bow down at the gates of the righteous person.
20 Even his neighbors hate the poor person, but the rich person has many friends.
21 It is a sin to despise others. But a blessed person has mercy on the poor people.
22 Who goes astray? The person who plans to do evil. But the one who plans to do good will find mercy and truth.
23 Every work brings profit, but empty talk leads only to poverty.
24 Wealth will become a crown for wise people, but stupid people will be rewarded with the foolishness because of their ignorance.
25 An honest witness saves souls, but a false witness tells a lot of lies.
26 The person who fears the Lord trusts in Him with a great confidence, and God hides His sons in a safe place.
27 The person who fears the Lord drinks from the source of life and goes far away from the nets of death.
28 A large population brings honor to a king, but a small population brings trouble to a king.
29 A patient person shows great understanding, but an angry person shows foolishness.
30 A peaceful heart brings life to the body, but jealousy rots the bones.
31 He who oppresses the poor person insults his Creator. The one who honors God does charity.
32 A wicked person destroys himself by his evil deeds, but a righteous person hopes even when he is dying.
33 Wisdom lives in the heart of the person who has understanding, and wisdom makes itself known among fools.
34 Righteousness makes a nation great, but sin brings shame to the nation.
35 A king protects a wise servant. But he will get angry at the person who shames him.

Chapter 15

1 A gentle answer calms anger, but an offensive word multiplies anger.
2 The words of the wise people spread good knowledge, but the words of the stupid people pour out stupidity.
3 The Lord watches evil and good people in every place.
4 Gentle words become a tree of life. But the person who does not restrain his tongue crushes the spirit.
5 A stupid person ignores when his father makes proper corrections to him. But a person who has understanding pays attention to rebukes.
6 A righteous person fills his house with many precious things, but a wicked person’s income brings troubles.
7 The words of the wise people spread knowledge, but knowledge does not live in the heart of the fools.
8 It is disgusting to God when wicked people bring sacrifice to Him. But God delights in the prayer of the righteous people.
9 The way of the wicked person is disgusting to God. But God loves the one who follows the way of righteousness.
10 The person who turns away from the right way will get a severe punishment. And the one who hates rebukes will die.
11 The Lord can see hell and death, and how much more He sees the hearts of the sons of men.
12 An offender does not like those who make proper corrections to him. And he will not go to wise people.
13 A joyful heart makes the face happy, but when a heart sorrows, it crushes the spirit.
14 The heart of the person who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouth of the fools feeds on stupidity.
15 A miserable person goes sad for all his days, but he who has a joyful heart has a feast always.
16 It is better to live humbly and to fear God than to get rich and to worry.
17 It is better to live in love and eat green leaves than to live in hatred and eat the meat of a fattened ox.
18 A person who gets angry easily starts a conflict, but a patient person calms a quarrel.
19 A thorny fence grew on the way of the lazy person, but the path of the righteous person goes smoothly.
20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a stupid son despises his mother.
21 A fool does stupidity and rejoices, but a wise person goes on the straight path.
22 Plans will fail without advice, but plans will succeed with many advisors.
23 A person rejoices when he gives a proper answer. And how great it is to say a right word in a right time.
24 A wise person walks on the path of life, and the path leads him up. Such a person will turn away from hell below.
25 The Lord will destroy the house of the proud people, but He will make strong the boundary of the widow’s possessions.
26 The thoughts of the evil people are disgusting to the Lord, but He delights in the words of the pure people.
27 A greedy person will destroy his house. But the one who hates bribes will live.
28 A righteous person thinks in his heart before speaking, but the tongue of the wicked person pours out evil.
29 The Lord is far away from the wicked people, but He hears the prayer of the righteous people.
30 A bright look brings joy to the heart, good news makes the bones strong.
31 The one who loves life lives among wise people, and he listens carefully to rebukes.
32 The person who rejects proper corrections harms his soul. But he who pays attention to rebukes will get understanding.
33 The person who fears the Lord will accept proper corrections with wisdom. In the beginning humility comes and then glory comes.

Chapter 16

1 A person makes plans in his heart, but the Lord answers through His Word.
2 A person thinks that all his ways are pure, but the Lord checks his soul.
3 Dedicate your work to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
4 The Lord made everything for His purpose, and He even keeps the ungodly for the day of disaster.
5 Every person who has a proud heart is disgusting to God. Such a person will get punishment for sure.
6 Mercy and truth cleans from sin. He who fears God avoids evil.
7 When a person pleases God with the way he lives then God makes even his enemies to live at peace with him.
8 It is better to live humbly and honestly than to deceive and to have a large income.
9 A person makes plans in his heart about his way, but the Lord directs the steps of the person.
10 The word of the king becomes a law, so the king should speak truthful speech in the court.
11 The Lord established the standards of honesty. Only accurate scales and balances show correct weight.
12 It is disgusting for kings to do evil, because righteousness makes their authority stronger.
13 A king delights in truthful speech. He loves the person who speaks the truth.
14 When a king gets angry it brings death, but a wise person will convince the king to show mercy.
15 When the king’s face gets brighter, it brings life. The king’s kindness is like a cloud which brings spring rain.
16 Get wisdom, it costs much more than gold. Get understanding, it costs more expensive than pure silver.
17 Righteous people walk on the way and avoid evil. The person who guards his way protects his soul.
18 In the beginning pride comes, and after that destruction comes. The spirit of pride leads to a fall.
19 It is better to have a humble spirit and live among the poor people than to share stolen things with the proud people.
20 He who listens to advices will find good. The Lord will bless the person who trust in Him.
21 If a person has wisdom in his heart then people will call him an understanding person, and pleasant speech makes learning easier.
22 The person who has understanding drinks from the source of life. And when a fool corrects others, it looks stupid.
23 The heart of a wise person will teach him how to speak wise words and will make his speech convincing.
24 Pleasant speech pours like honey, it becomes sweet to the soul and heals the bones.
25 It happens that a person thinks that he walks on the right ways, but they end in death.
26 A person works because hunger forces him to work.
27 A liar plans to do evil, and his words burn like fire.
28 A troublemaker sows conflict, and a gossiper separates friends.
29 A person with evil intentions convinces another one to believe in deception and leads him to the harmful path.
30 A person winks with his eyes and plans to harm, he bites his lips and does evil.
31 A person who walks in the way of righteousness will live to the gray hair, and his life will be crowned with glory.
32 It is better to be a patient person than a mighty warrior. It is better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
33 A person casts lots and hopes for luck, but the Lord decides everything.

Chapter 17

1 It is better to eat a piece of dry bread and live in peace than to have a feast in a house full of fresh meat with conflict.
2 A wise slave rules over the master’s disgraceful son. The slave will receive the part of the inheritance among the brothers.
3 A goldsmith melts silver and purifies gold with fire, but the Lord tests the hearts.
4 An evildoer pays attention to deceitful words, and a liar listens to harmful talks.
5 A person who laughs at the poor insults God who made him. A person who rejoices at disaster will get punishment.
6 Grandchildren make the life of the old people beautiful. And children inherit the glory of their parents.
7 People get puzzled when they hear a beautiful talk of a fool. But people get puzzled even more when they hear a leader lying.
8 It seems to a person that a bribe will work like a precious stone. He thinks that he will succeed everywhere he goes.
9 A person who forgives an offense will find love. But a person who reminds about the offense will lose a friend.
10 Rebuke a wise person one time, and he will correct himself. Beat a fool one hundred times, but he will not obey.
11 He who rebels will find only evil, and a cruel angel will be sent against him.
12 It is better to meet a mother bear who lost her children than to meet a fool with his stupidity.
13 Evil will not depart from the house of the person who repays evil for good.
14 Starting a quarrel reminds a sudden stream of water. Stop a quarrel before it burst.
15 The one who justifies a wicked person is disgusting to the Lord. And the one who condemns a righteous person is also disgusting to God.
16 Why should a fool have wealth in his hands? A fool has no understanding, he will not gain wisdom.
17 A friend loves at all times. Like a brother he will come to help in the time of disaster.
18 A stupid person guarantees to pay off the debts of another person.
19 A person who loves quarrels loves sin. And a person who opens his mouth wide, like a gate will find disaster.
20 A deceitful heart will not find good. A lier will get into trouble.
21 The father of the fool will not rejoice, he will grieve because he gave birth to a stupid person.
22 A joyful heart heals like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
23 A wicked person takes a bribe in secret and pervert the ways of justice.
24 A wise person turns his face to wisdom, but the eyes of a fool wander to the ends of the earth.
25 A stupid son brings grief to his father and bitterness to his mother.
26 It is wrong to punish innocent people. It is also wrong to beat famous people because they are honest.
27 A wise person controls his words. A calm person thinks clearly.
28 When a fool keeps silent, he may look wise. A person who keeps his mouth shut may look like an understanding person.

Chapter 18

1 A selfish person follows his foolish desires, and he rebels against all wise things.
2 A stupid person does not like knowledge, but he thinks that he is smart, and he shows off his mind.
3 When a wicked person comes, he brings contempt. A disgraceful behavior leads to shame.
4 The words of a man looks like deep waters, but the source of wisdom flows like a stream.
5 Be just in the court, do not justify a wicked person and do not lie about the righteous one.
6 The words of a fool start a conflict, and his words provoke fighting.
7 A stupid person destroys himself by his words, and he sets a trap for his soul by his words.
8 The words of a gossiper are tasty, they go deep into the heart of a person.
9 A lazy person becomes a brother to the destroyer.
10 The name of the Lord is like a strong tower, the righteous person runs to it and lives safely there.
11 A high wall protects a strong city. The same way the wealth of the rich person protects him from troubles, but it happens only in his imagination.
12 In the beginning humility comes, and after that honor comes. But when pride enters the heart of a person then destruction happens.
13 A stupid person does not listen but he gives an answer so he will be ashamed.
14 The spirit of a person makes him strong when he gets sick. But who can strengthen a broken spirit?
15 The heart of the intelligent person gains knowledge. A wise person listens carefully and finds knowledge.
16 A gift opens doors, and it will lead the giver to important people.
17 He who speaks first in the court seems right, but when his opponent comes then cross-examination begins.
18 Flipping the coin stops quarrels and settles disputes between powerful opponents.
19 An offended brother is harder to win back than a strong city. And quarrels are like locked gates of a fortress.
20 Words bear fruit, and they fill a person like food fills his stomach. A person will reap the result of his words.
21 Words have power, they bring life and death. And what a person likes talking about, it will bear fruits.
22 A person who found a wife found a treasure, and he received grace from the Lord.
23 The poor person speaks with pleading, but the rich person answers harshly.
24 A person who wants to have friends must be friendly. It happens that a friend becomes closer than a brother.

Chapter 19

1 It is better to be poor and live blamelessly than to be a rich and a lying fool.
2 It is not good for a soul to live without knowledge. And he who moves in a hurry will stumble.
3 A person destroys his life by his stupid actions but his heart is angry at the Lord.
4 Wealth adds many friends, but poverty drives all friends away.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished. And he who speaks lie will not be saved.
6 Many people seek approval of influential people. And everyone wants to be a friend with the person who gives gifts.
7 All the brothers of the poor person hate him, and even his friends depart from him. The poor person runs after them because he wants to talk, but they hide from him.
8 He who get wisdom loves his soul. He who thinks clearly will prosper.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished. And he who speaks lie will perish.
10 When a fool lives in luxury then people get puzzled. But when a slave rules over the princes then people get puzzled even more.
11 Sound mind makes a person patient. He overlooks wrongdoings of other people, and he earns respect.
12 Angry king roars like a lion. But king’s kindness refreshes like dew on the grass.
13 A stupid son brings his father to ruin. A quarrelsome wife annoys like the constant dripping on the roof.
14 Parents give their sons an inheritance of houses and riches. But the Lord gives an understanding wife.
15 Laziness brings people into a deep sleep, a lazy soul will be hungry.
16 He who keeps the commandment guards his soul. But a person who lives carelessly will perish.
17 He who helps a poor person lends to the Lord, and God will reward him for his good works.
18 Discipline your son and have hope that he will not destroy his life. Do not allow your son to manipulate you.
19 Let a hot-tempered person reap the results of his anger. Do not rescue him from his troubles, otherwise you will have to do it again and again.
20 Listen to advices, accept proper corrections, and later you will become wise.
21 A person makes many plans in his heart, but the Lord will fulfill only His plans.
22 Charity brings joy to a person. The poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of God leads to life. He who fears the Lord will always be pleased, and evil will not come upon him.
24 A lazy person puts his hand down into the bowl, but he does not want to lift it to his mouth.
25 Punish an offender, and a simple person will start thinking clearly. Correct a wise person and he will understand the advice.
26 If a son robs his father and chases away his mother then he brings shame and disgrace.
27 My son, if you stop paying attention to proper corrections then you will turn away from the words which bring knowledge.
28 A dishonest witness mocks at justice, and wicked people feed themselves with evil.
29 Judgement is ready for offenders, and sticks are prepared for the backs of the fools.

Chapter 20

1 He who drinks wine mocks at people. And he who loves strong drinks fights with others. A person who has no understanding is addicted to alcohol.
2 An angry king roars like a lion. He who annoys the king sins against himself.
3 It is honorable for a person to stop a quarrel, but every fool starts a quarrel.
4 A lazy person does not work in the field before planting season. He will go out into the field in summer, and he will find nothing there.
5 Human thoughts are like deep waters. They fill the heart, but a wise person draws them out.
6 Many people boast about their good works, but who can find an honest person?
7 A righteous person lives blamelessly, and his children will live a blessed life.
8 A king sits on the throne of judgment, and he drives away all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, “I made my heart clean, I am pure of my sin?”
10 False weight and unequal measures are disgusting to the Lord.
11 Watch the behavior of the young man, and you will understand how honestly and correctly he will act.
12 The Lord created ears, and they can hear. The Lord created eyes, and they can see.
13 Do not love sleep, and you will not become poor. Keep your eyes open, and you will eat your bread to the full.
14 “It is expensive, it is expensive,” says the buyer, but when he goes away then he boasts about his purchase.
15 Gold and rubies are expensive, but people treasure wise words like a precious jewel.
16 Take the clothes of the one who promises and guarantees to pay off the debts of another person.
17 Stolen bread tastes sweet, but later the mouth of the person will be filled with sand.
18 Plans succeed through good advices, so seek guidance and go to war.
19 He who gossips opens a secret. Do not fellowship with the person who talks too much.
20 He who curses his father and mother, the lamp of such a person will stop shining in the middle of the deep darkness.
21 If a person claims his inheritance too early, it will not bring a blessing in the future.
22 Do not say, “I will pay you back for evil.” Wait, and the Lord will protect you.
23 Unequal measures are disgusting to the Lord, and false scales bring evil.
24 How can a person know his way? The Lord directs his steps.
25 If a person gives a promise in a hurry, and later he thinks about the consequences, then he traps himself.
26 A wise king will scatter wicked people, and he will drive a threshing wheel over them.
27 God lights a lamp in the human spirit, and the light penetrates into the depths of his heart.
28 Mercy and truth guard the king, and he makes his throne secure by mercy.
29 Young men are famous for their strength, but gray hair makes old men beautiful.
30 Beatings penetrate deep inside, and wounds bring healing from evil.

Chapter 21

1 The Lord holds the heart of the king in His hand. And like the streams of water God directs it according to His will.
2 A person thinks that he walks on the right way, but the Lord checks the hearts.
3 Keep righteousness and justice, it pleases the Lord more than a sacrifice.
4 Wicked people have a proud look and arrogant heart, and it is a sin.
5 Thoughts of the hard working person lead to prosperity. But he who only wants to finish his work in a hurry, will live in poverty.
6 If a person gains wealth by lying then his riches will disappear quickly like mist. A liar will find death.
7 The violence of the wicked people will destroy them because they refuse to do what is right.
8 A corrupt person crooks his way, but a pure person acts directly.
9 It is better to live in the corner of the roof than to live in a big house with a quarrelsome wife.
10 The soul of the wicked person desires evil, he will have no mercy even on his friend.
11 When an offender gets his punishment then a simple person becomes wise. When you teach a wise person, he gets knowledge.
12 The Righteous God watches over the house of the wicked person, and He brings disaster on wicked people.
13 Do not close your ears when a poor person cries for help. Otherwise you will also cry, but nobody will hear you.
14 A secret gift stops anger, and a bribe calms down a strong fury.
15 Justice brings joy to a godly person, but an evildoer is afraid of justice.
16 A person who wanders from the way of understanding will come to the place where dead people gather.
17 He who loves pleasure will become poor. A person who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
18 A wicked person will become a ransom for the life of the righteous. And a liar will pay with his life instead of an honest person.
19 It is better to live in the desert than to live with a quarrelsome and angry wife.
20 A wise person fills his house with oil and precious possessions, but a stupid person spends all good things.
21 He who has mercy and does what is right will find life, righteousness and respect.
22 A wise person enters the city of strong people, and he destroys the fortress in which they trust.
23 Be careful when you talk, watch your words, and you will save your soul from troubles.
24 An arrogant evildoer acts with pride, and people will call him a wicked person.
25 The desire of the lazy person will kill him because his hands refuse to work.
26 Every day a lazy person wants to get what he does not have. But a righteous person gives away good things without sparing.
27 When wicked people bring a sacrifice, it is disgusting, especially when they do it with evil plans.
28 An honest person always says what he knows, but a false witness will perish.
29 A righteous person acts thoughtfully, but a wicked person speaks rudely.
30 No wisdom, no understanding, no plans can stand against the Lord.
31 People prepare the horse for the day of battle, but victory comes from the Lord.

Chapter 22

1 A good name costs more than great riches. People value good reputation more than silver and gold.
2 What do a rich person and a poor person have in common? God created both of them.
3 A clever person sees danger, and he hides. But an unexperienced person keeps going, and he gets punishment.
4 A humble person who is afraid of God will receive wealth, respect and life.
5 A corrupt person will get into the thorns and traps on his way. But he who guards his soul stays far away from them.
6 Direct a child into the right path, and even when he is old he will not turn away from it.
7 A rich person rules over a poor person. He who takes a loan becomes a slave to his creditor.
8 He who plants injustice will harvest disaster, and authorities will destroy him in anger.
9 People will bless a generous person because he shares his bread with the poor people.
10 Drive out the offender, and fighting will leave. Quarrels and insults will also disappear.
11 He who loves purity of heart speaks with grace, and the king will become his friend.
12 The Lord sees knowledge, and He protects it. God overthrows the words of those who do not have faith.
13 The lazy person says, “A lion walks outside! If I go out, it will kill me in the middle of the public place!”
14 The words of an immoral woman destroy like a deep pit. Those who make the Lord angry will fall there.
15 Foolishness fills the heart of a child, but the rod will correct him and remove his folly from him.
16 He who oppresses a poor person and increases his wealth will become poor. And he who gives gifts to a rich person will become poor.
17 Listen carefully to the words of the wise people, and direct your heart to knowledge.
18 Keep wise sayings in your heart, speak wise words, and it will bring you joy.
19 I teach you today, and you should remember, let your trust will be in the Lord.
20 I wrote to you thirty times, I gave you advices and knowledge.
21 I taught you the accurate words of truth, and you tell them to those who send you.
22 Do not rob a poor person because he is poor. Do not oppress a needy person in court.
23 The Lord will defend the case of the poor in court, and He will take away the life of those who rob poor people.
24 Do not make friendship with angry people. Do not communicate with a hot-tempered person.
25 Otherwise you will learn his ways and set a trap for your soul.
26 Do not be the one who promises and guarantees to pay off the debts of another person.
27 If you cannot pay, then your creditors will take even your bed on which you sleep.
28 Do not move a boundary which your fathers set up long ago.
29 Do you see a skillful person who knows his work well? He will serve kings, he will not stand before simple people.

Chapter 23

1 When you sit to eat with an influential person then pay attention to what is on the table.
2 Do not eat greedily, control yourself.
3 Do not desire the delicious food of the influential person, such food is deceptive.
4 Do not wear yourself out to make wealth, leave such thoughts.
5 You will look at the riches, but it disappeared already. Wealth will make wings for itself and fly away to the sky like an eagle.
6 Do not eat the food of a person who is greedy, and do not desire his delicious food.
7 Thoughts fill soul, and they show who the person really is. He says to you, “Eat and drink,” but he thinks opposite in his heart.
8 You will vomit even the small pieces which you ate. And you will say good words to him in vain.
9 Do not teach a fool, because he will despise the wisdom of your words.
10 Do not move an old boundary and do not take the land of the orphans.
11 They have a strong Defender. He will come out against you, and He will defend the case of the needy.
12 Let your heart pay attention to proper corrections. Listen to the words which bring knowledge.
13 Make proper corrections to your child. If you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
14 You will punish him with a rod, and will save his soul from hell.
15 My son, if your heart becomes wise then my heart will rejoice.
16 All my inner being will rejoice when you speak what is right.
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners. Let your heart fear the Lord all the days of your life.
18 You have a good future ahead of you, do not lose your hope.
19 My son, listen and become wise, direct your heart to the right way.
20 Do not feast with those who drink wine, and who eat too much meat.
21 Drunkards and big eaters will become poor. Sleepiness will dress them with torn clothes.
22 Listen to your father because he gave you life. Do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth and do not sell wisdom. Buy proper corrections and do not sell understanding.
24 The father of the righteous person celebrates and rejoices because he gave life to a wise person.
25 Let your father be glad, and let your mother rejoice because she gave birth to a wise person.
26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes watch my ways.
27 An immoral woman destroys a man like a deep pit. And sleeping with a wife of another man is like falling into a narrow well.
28 An immoral woman waits in a hiding place like a bandit. And she multiplies the number of unfaithful men.
29 Who suffers and sorrows? Who fights and complains? Who has red eyes and wounds without reason?
30 He who spends a lot of time with a bottle suffers woe. He who goes and searches for wine, has wounds without reason.
31 Do not look at wine how red it is, and how it sparkles in the cup. Do not look how smoothly it goes down into the cup.
32 Later wine will bite you like a snake. Wine will poison you like a viper.
33 You will see hallucinations, and your heart will speak immoral things.
34 You will loose coordination like during the storm. You will fall asleep even on the top of the mast in the middle of the sea.
35 You will say, “They hit me, but I am not hurt. They pushed me, but I did not feel it. When I wake up, I will go and drink again.”

Chapter 24

1 Do not envy evil people and do not desire to be with them.
2 The heart of the evil people thinks about violence, and their lips talk about evil things.
3 People build a house by wisdom, they establish a house by understanding.
4 Through knowledge people fill the rooms of the house with all precious and beautiful riches.
5 If a person becomes wise, it means, he becomes strong. Knowledge makes a person stronger and stronger.
6 You need wise guidance when you go to war. You will win if you have many advisers.
7 A stupid person cannot understand wise things. He will not open his mouth in the gathering of people.
8 If a person plans to do evil, people call him an evildoer.
9 If a person plans to do a stupid thing, he sins. The offender is disgusting to people.
10 If you are getting weaker in a time of trouble, that means you are not strong.
11 Save those who are led to death. Do not reject those who are doomed to be killed.
12 You say, “We did not know about this.” But God tests the hearts, and He knows your words. He watches over your soul, and He will reward every person according to his deeds.
13 My son, you eat honey because it is good. You eat honeycomb because it is sweet.
14 Gain wisdom, and your soul will enjoy it like honey and honeycomb. If you find wisdom then you will have a good future, and you will not lose your hope.
15 O wicked person, do not plan to do evil against the house of the righteous, do not destroy the place where he rests.
16 A righteous person will fall seven times, but he will get up again. But a disaster will destroy wicked people.
17 When your enemy falls, do not rejoice. When your enemy stumbles, do not let your heart be glad.
18 Otherwise, the Lord will see that you are happy, and He will not like it. And God will turn His angry away from your enemy.
19 Do not be angry at evildoers and do not envy wicked people.
20 An evildoer has no future, and the lamp of the wicked will stop shining.
21 My son, fear the Lord and the king, do not associate with rebels.
22 Suddenly disaster will come from God and from the king. And who knows what will happen to the rebels?
23 Wise people also said, ”It is not good to show favoritism in judgment.”
24 Do not say to a guilty person, “You are right.” Otherwise, people will curse you, and nations will hate you.
25 But if you rebuke the wicked person then people will love you, and rich blessings will come upon you.
26 An honest answer is pleasant like a kiss on the lips.
27 Finish your outside work and your work on the field, and then build your house.
28 Do not speak a false testimony against another person. Why should you lie?
29 Do not say, “As he did to me, so I will do to him. I will pay the person back according to his deeds.”
30 I walked by the field of a lazy person, I passed by the vineyard of a stupid person.
31 Thorns and bushes grew up there, and the stone wall fell down.
32 I looked and thought in my heart about it, and I learned a lesson,
33 “This is what will happen if you sleep a little bit and get a little nap, if you fold your hands and rest a little bit.
34 Then poverty will come to you like a beggar. Then need will come to you like an armed man.”

Chapter 25

1 These are the proverbs of Solomon which the people of Hezekiah King of Judah collected.
2 People glorify God because He covers His matters with mystery. People glorify kings because they reveal the secrets of God.
3 No one can measure the height of heaven and the depth of the earth. The same way no one can understand the heart of the kings.
4 The silversmith removes the impurity from silver, and he makes a vessel.
5 Remove a wicked person from the king, and the king will rule on his throne in righteousness.
6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king and do not take the place of great people.
7 It is better if people tell you, “Come up here,” and then nobody will humiliate you in the presence of an influential person.
8 Do not be in a hurry to go to court. Otherwise, what will you do when your opponent puts you to shame in the end?
9 If you take your opponent to court then do not open the secret of another person.
10 Otherwise, this person will hear your words, and he will shame you, and then you will not restore your reputation.
11 People value golden apples in silver vessels. The same way people value words which they say in the right time.
12 As people value gold earrings and pure gold jewelry, so an attentive person values a rebuke of a wise person.
13 Icy water refreshes during the harvest. The same way a trustworthy courier makes glad those people who send him. He brings joy to the soul of his master.
14 A person who boasts of gifts which he did not give looks like wind and clouds without rain.
15 Convince a ruler with patience, and he will show mercy. Soft tongue breaks a bone.
16 Did you find honey? Eat as much as you need, but do not eat too much, otherwise you will vomit.
17 Do not visit the house of your friend too often. Otherwise, he will get tired of you, and he will hate you.
18 A person who gives a false testimony against another one wounds like a club, a sword and a sharp arrow.
19 Nobody relies on a broken tooth and on a lame foot. The same way do not put your confidence in an unreliable person in the time of trouble.
20 He who sings songs to a sad heart is like a person who removes clothes on a cold day. He who sings songs to a sad heart pours vinegar in a wound.
21 If your enemy is hungry, feed him with bread. If he wants to drink, give him water.
22 If your enemy’s fireplace stops burning then share your burning coals with him. Gather the coals in a bowl so that he could put it on his head and take the coals home. And the Lord will reward you for doing good to your enemy.
23 A north wind brings rain, and the same way gossip brings anger to people’s faces.
24 It is better to live in the corner of the roof than to live in a big house with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Cold water refreshes a thirsty and tired soul. The same way a person comes back to life, when he hears good news from a distant country.
26 A righteous person who bows before a wicked one reminds a muddy source of water and a polluted well.
27 It is not good to eat too much honey, it is also not good to seek honor for yourself.
28 A person who does not control his spirit is like a broken city without walls.

Chapter 26

1 It is disappointing when snow falls in the summer, and it rains during the harvest. It is also disappointing when people honor a fool.
2 If you did not deserve a curse, then it will not come upon you. An undeserved curse will spread its wings like a bird, and it will fly away.
3 People direct a horse with a whip, and they stop a donkey with a bridle. But people beat the back of a fool with a stick.
4 Do not act stupidly in a response to stupid actions of another person, and you will not become a fool.
5 But give a stupid answer to a stupid question, and then the fool will not become wise in his eyes.
6 He who trusts a fool to deliver a message cuts off his legs and gets into trouble.
7 When a fool speaks in a proverb, he resembles a lame person who moves his legs with difficulty.
8 He who honors a fool is like a person who shoots a sling with precious stones.
9 If a fool speaks in a proverb, he reminds of a drunkard who takes a thorny branch in his hand.
10 He who has an authority acts according to his own will. He rewards a fool, he rewards a random person.
11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.
12 Did you see a person wise in his eyes? He is worse than a fool, you cannot rely on him.
13 A lazy person says, “A lion walks on the road, a lion goes on the streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges, so a lazy person turns on his bed.
15 A lazy person puts his hand down into the bowl, but it is difficult for him to lift it to his mouth.
16 A lazy person looks smarter in his eyes than seven people who answer wisely.
17 He who passes by and interferes in people’s quarrel is like a person who grabs a dog by the ears.
18 He who pretends to be crazy becomes a dangerous person. He plays with fire, arrows and death.
19 A person who deceives his friend, but then he says, “I was only joking,” is also dangerous.
20 Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear without a gossiper.
21 Charcoal quickly gives heat, and wood quickly starts fire. The same way a quarrelsome person quickly starts a fight.
22 The words of a gossiper are tasty like sweets, they go deep inside of a person.
23 He who speaks great words, but has an evil heart, is like a clay pot which is covered with impure silver.
24 An enemy covers his hatred with deceitful words, but he plans to do evil in his heart.
25 If your enemy speaks with a kind voice, do not believe him, because seven disgusting things fills his heart.
26 An enemy deceives and hides his hatred, but among the assembly of people he will show his evilness.
27 He who digs a pit for another person will fall into it. Do not roll a stone on another person, otherwise this stone will roll back on you.
28 A deceitful person hates others, and he crushes them with his words. Deceitful words lead to ruin.

Chapter 27

1 Do not boast about tomorrow, because you do not know what the day will bring.
2 Do not praise yourself, let another person do it. Don’t speak the words of praise about yourself, let other people do it.
3 It is heavy to carry stones, it is heavy to carry sand, but the anger of a fool is heavier than stones and sand.
4 Anger wakes up cruelty, and fury comes like a flood. But who can stand against jealousy?
5 It is better to rebuke openly than to pretend that you love and keep silence.
6 A friend loves sincerely, and he rebukes sincerely. But an enemy hates, and he kisses falsely.
7 A person who has a full stomach hates honeycombs. But everything becomes sweet for a hungry soul.
8 A person who leaves his place is like a bird which leaves its nest.
9 A good advice of a friend brings joy to the heart like fragrant oil and perfume.
10 When a disaster happens, do not go to your brother’s house. It is better to go to your friend or to your father’s friend. A close neighbor will help more than a brother who lives far away.
11 My son, become wise, make my heart glad. And then I will know what to answer to the person who speaks evil about me.
12 A clever person foresees danger and hides from it. But an unexperienced person goes ahead, and he gets in trouble.
13 If you promise and guarantee to pay off the debts of another person then you will lose even your clothes.
14 If early in the morning you loudly bless your friend, it will sound to him like a curse.
15 A quarrelsome wife annoys like the constant dripping on a rainy day.
16 He who wants to stop a quarrelsome wife wants to stop the wind. You will not hold her, she will slip away like from oily hands.
17 As iron sharpens iron, so friends correct each other.
18 He who takes care of a fig tree will eat its fruit. He who protects his master will get respect.
19 Look in the water, and you will see the face. Look in the heart, and you will see who the person really is.
20 Hell and death are never satisfied, the same way the eyes of a person are not satisfied.
21 People value purified silver and refined gold. The same way people value a person who has good recommendations.
22 Beat a stupid person along with grain in a vessel, but even a crushing stick will not separate his foolishness from him.
23 Pay attention to your cattle and take care of your flocks.
24 You cannot keep reaches forever. And does authority pass from generation to generation?
25 When people remove dry grass, then tender grass grows again, and people gather mountain herbs.
26 Make your clothes from sheep’s wool, and pay off the price of a field with your goats.
27 And the goats will give enough milk for you, for your family and for your female servants.

Chapter 28

1 A wicked person runs away though no one chases him. But a righteous person walks boldly like a lion.
2 When a country rebels against the law, then it has many rulers. But when a wise and a knowledgeable person governs, then stability comes to the country.
3 Heavy rain destroys the crop. A poor man does the same if he oppresses needy people.
4 He who breaks the Law of God the Creator praises wicked people. He who obeys the Law of God resists wicked people.
5 Evil people do not understand justice. But he who seeks the Lord understands everything.
6 It is better to be poor and to live blamelessly than to be rich and to pervert his ways.
7 An understanding son obeys the Law of God the Creator. But he who joins a bad company brings shame to his father.
8 He who lends money at high interest will give his profit to the one who does charity.
9 It is disgusting to God if a person prays, but he does not listen to the Law of God the Creator.
10 He who leads righteous people to an evil path will fall into his own pit. But blameless people will inherit good things.
11 A rich man thinks that he is wise, but a smart poor man can see who the rich man really is.
12 When righteous people triumph, then great glory comes. But when wicked people rise, then people hide themselves.
13 He who hides his sins will not prosper. But a person who confesses his sins and turns away from them will receive mercy.
14 A blessed person always trembles before God. But he who makes his heart hard will fall into trouble.
15 A wicked ruler over a poor nation is dangerous like a roaring lion and a hungry bear.
16 A foolish ruler oppresses his people greatly. But if a ruler hates corruption, then he will govern for a long time.
17 A person who shed blood is guilty of murder. He will live in fear until his death that people will catch him.
18 He who walks blamelessly will live safely. But he who crooks his ways will fall in one of them.
19 He who works on his land will have a lot of bread, but a lazy person will become poor.
20 An honest person becomes rich with blessings. But he who who wants to get rich quickly will get punishment.
21 It is not good to show favoritism. A partial person will do wrong things even for a piece of bread.
22 A greedy person wants to get rich quickly. But he does not know that he will become poor.
23 Make proper corrections to others, and later people will appreciate you more than the one who speaks lie.
24 A person who joined a company of wicked people will rob his father and his mother. He will say, “This is not a sin.”
25 A greedy person starts a quarrel. But he who trusts in the Lord will prosper.
26 It is foolish to trust in yourself. Walk in wisdom, and you will live safely.
27 He who gives to a poor person will not live in need. But he who ignores a poor person will receive many curses.
28 When wicked people rise, then people hide. But when wicked people perish, then righteous people multiply.

Chapter 29

1 When people rebuke a person, but he continues to be stubborn, then disease will suddenly destroy him, and he will not get healing.
2 When righteous people come to authority, then people rejoice. But when a wicked person rules, then people groan.
3 He who loves wisdom brings joy to his father. But he who goes to immoral women wastes his wealth.
4 A just king brings stability to his nation. But he who loves taking bribes destroys his country.
5 He who speaks false compliments to his friend spreads a net to his feet.
6 An evil man sins and spreads a net for himself, but a righteous person sings and rejoices.
7 A righteous person cares about the case of the poor, but a wicked person does not care at all.
8 Rebellious people provoke a riot in the city, but wise people calm down angry people.
9 If a wise person goes to court with a fool, then sometimes he will be angry, and sometimes he will laugh, but he will not have peace.
10 Bloodthirsty people hate a blameless person and seek to kill him.
11 A fool pours out all his anger, but a wise person holds his anger back.
12 If a ruler listens to lies, then all his officials are wicked people.
13 What do a poor person and his oppressor have in common? The Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges poor people justly, then his authority will last forever.
15 A stick and a rebuke bring wisdom. But if people do not discipline a child, he will bring shame to his mother.
16 When wicked people multiply, sin also multiplies. But righteous people will see their fall.
17 Discipline your son, and he will bring you peace, and he will make your soul glad.
18 If people have no revelation from above, they rebel. But people who keep the Law of God the Creator receive blessing.
19 Words will not correct a servant, he understands the words, but he ignores them.
20 Did you know a person who speaks without thinking? He is worse than a fool, you cannot rely on him.
21 If you give your servant everything he wants from his childhood, then in the future he will want to take a place of your son.
22 An angry person starts a fight, and a hot-tempered person sins a lot.
23 Pride humiliates a person. People respect the one who humbles himself in the spirit.
24 He who helps a thief hates himself. He will stand in court, and he will protect the thief.
25 Fear of people spreads a net. But he who trusts in the Lord will live safely.
26 Many people seek approval of a ruler, but justice comes only from the Lord.
27 He who acts unjustly is disgusting to just people. But a righteous person who walks straight is disgusting to a wicked person.

Chapter 30

1 Jakeh had a son Agur. Agur spoke inspired words to Ithiel and Ucal.
2 Surely I am more stupid than other people. I do not understand what others understand.
3 I did not learn wisdom, and I did not gain knowledge of the Holy God.
4 Who went up to heaven and came down? Who can hold the wind in his hands, and who can carry water in his clothes? Who established all the boundaries of the earth? Do you know His name, and what is the name of His Son?
5 Every word of God is pure. God becomes a shield for those who trust in Him.
6 Do not add to the words of God, otherwise He will judge you, and you will become a liar.
7 Do not deny my request. I will ask You for two things before I die.
8 Remove lie and meaningless things from me. Do not give me poverty nor riches. Provide me with my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, if I get rich, I will deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I become poor, I will steal and bring shame to the name of my God.
10 Do not speak lie about a servant to his master. Otherwise, he will curse you, and you will become guilty.
11 Some people curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.
12 They think that they are pure, but they are dirty with their waste.
13 Oh, how proudly such people look around! What kind of disrespectful look they throw around!
14 Some people hurt with their teeth like swords. They cut with their jaws like knives. They eat the poor and needy people on the earth.
15 The leach has two daughters. They scream, “Give me more, give me more!” There are three things, and they will not be satisfied. There are even four things, and they will not say, “Enough!”
16 Death and a woman without children will not say, “Enough!” Fire and the earth will not be satisfied with water, they will not say, “Enough!”
17 If a person looks at his father and makes fun of him then crows will eat his eyes in the valley. If a person despises his mother and does not obey her then eagle’s children will eat him.
18 Three things amaze me so much, and I don’t understand four things.
19 I wonder how an eagle flies in the sky, and how a snake crawls on a rock. I do not understand how a ship navigates in the middle of the sea, and how a man finds his way to a young woman.
20 The same way, I do not understand the way of a woman who sleeps with different men. She ate, wiped her mouth and said, “I did nothing wrong.”
21 The earth shakes from three things, and it cannot tolerate four things.
22 It is not right when a slave becomes a king. And it is not right when a fool eats bread to the full.
23 It is not right when a woman who has evil plans gets married. And it is not right when a servant girl takes the place of her mistress.
24 Four little creatures live on the earth, but they are extremely wise.
25 Ants are not strong, but they prepare their food in the summer.
26 Mountain mice are weak, but they build their houses on the rock.
27 Locusts have no king, but they move in order.
28 Lizard quickly moves his legs, and it goes even to the royal palaces.
29 Three animals walk majestically, and even four of them move impressively.
30 A lion is mighty among all the animals, he will not turn away from anyone.
31 A rooster and a goat walk proudly, and a king majestically leads his army.
32 If you become proud then you will do foolishness. Stop, if you plan to do an evil thing.
33 He who beats milk will produce butter. If you beat the nose, then blood will flow. And he who pours out his anger will start a quarrel.

Chapter 31

1 These are the words of king Lemuel. His mother gave him these advices.
2 My son, I gave birth to you. My son, I dedicated you to God!
3 Do not give your strength to women. They destroy kings, do not give your ways to women.
4 Lemuel, kings should not drink wine. Rulers should not drink alcoholic drinks.
5 Otherwise, they will get drunk, and they will forget the law. And they will unjustly judge all the oppressed people.
6 People give a strong drink to a perishing person. And a grieving soul drinks wine.
7 He gets drunk and forgets about his poverty. And while he is still drunk, he does not remember about his suffering.
8 Raise your voice for helpless people and protect oppressed people.
9 Raise your voice for justice, for the case of a poor and a needy person.
10 A man who marries a business woman will treasure her more than precious jewels.
11 His wife will make his life rich. Her husband will trust her with all of his heart.
12 All the days of her life she will do good things to her husband. She will not harm him.
13 She gets wool and flax, she likes working with her hands.
14 Like ships she brings her food from distant places.
15 She gets up while it is still night. She distributes food in her house, and she gives work to her servant girls.
16 She plans to buy a field, and she does it. She plants a vineyard with the money she earned.
17 Her muscles are strong. She feels strength in her hands.
18 She sees that her business goes well. And her lamp does not stop shining even at night.
19 She stretches her hands to a spinning wheel, and she twists thread with her fingers.
20 She helps a poor and a needy person.
21 She is not afraid of cold weather because she dresses all her family in warm clothes.
22 She makes bed coverings for herself. She wears expensive clothes made of purple fabric.
23 People respect her husband when he discusses matters with the elders at the city gate.
24 She makes clothes and sells them. She makes belts and delivers them to sell-men.
25 Her clothes are strength and honor. And she looks at her future with confidence.
26 She speaks the Law of God the Creator with wisdom and kindness.
27 She watches over her household. She is not lazy, and she does not eat food just because she is bored.
28 Children stand up, and they call her blessed, her husband also praises her.
29 He says, “There are many business women, but you are the best.”
30 A pretty face deceives, and beauty disappears. But a woman who fears the Lord deserves to be praised.
31 Reward her according to her works. And let her deeds make her famous at the city gate.

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