The Proverbs of Solomon
Better is a a dry morsel with quietness,
Than a house full of feasting with strife.
A wise servant will rule over b a son who causes shame,
And will share an inheritance among the brothers.
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
c But the LORD tests the hearts.
An evildoer gives heed to false lips;
A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.
d He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;
e He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
f Children's children are the crown of old men,
And the glory of children is their father.
Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool,
Much less lying lips to a prince.
A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.
g He who covers a transgression seeks love,
But h he who repeats a matter separates friends.
i Rebuke is more effective for a wise man
Than a hundred blows on a fool.
An evil man seeks only rebellion;
Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
Let a man meet j a bear robbed of her cubs,
Rather than a fool in his folly.
Whoever k rewards evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house.
The beginning of strife is like releasing water;
Therefore l stop contention before a quarrel starts.
m He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom,
Since he has no heart for it?
n A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
o A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge,
And becomes surety for his friend.
He who loves transgression loves strife,
And p he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
He who has a deceitful heart finds no good,
And he who has q a perverse tongue falls into evil.
He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.
A r merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back
To pervert the ways of justice.
s Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding,
But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
A t foolish son is a grief to his father,
And bitterness to her who bore him.
Also, to punish the righteous is not good,
Nor to strike princes for their uprightness.
u He who has knowledge spares his words,
And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
v Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred.
He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
1 Chronicles 29:17
I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You.
Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.
Hell and Destruction are before the LORD; So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.
I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.
He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the LORD An offering in righteousness.
He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy.
If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, Or lifted myself up when evil found him
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles.
1 Corinthians 13:6
Does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine In the very heart of your house, Your children like olive plants All around your table.
Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.
1 Corinthians 13:5 - 7
Does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil.
Let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends.
He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray.
I will bear the indignation of the LORD, Because I have sinned against Him, Until He pleads my case And executes justice for me. He will bring me forth to the light; I will see His righteousness.
2 Samuel 17:8
For," said Hushai, "you know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are enraged in their minds, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field; and your father is a man of war, and will not camp with the people.
I will meet them like a bear deprived of her cubs; I will tear open their rib cage, And there I will devour them like a lion. The wild beast shall tear them.
In return for my love they are my accusers, But...
Thus they have rewarded me evil for good, And h...
Shall evil be repaid for good? For they have du...
Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for goo...
1 Thessalonians 5:15
See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone...
1 Peter 3:9
Not returning evil for evil or reviling for rev...
It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel.
1 Thessalonians 4:11
That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.
Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked.
He who says to the wicked, "You are righteous," Him the people will curse; Nations will abhor him.
Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!
But Ruth said: "Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.
A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
My son, if you become surety for your friend, If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger.
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.
A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
All the days of the afflicted are evil, But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
The wise man's eyes are in his head, But the fool walks in darkness. Yet I myself perceived That the same event happens to them all.
The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother.
A foolish son is the ruin of his father, And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.
In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise.
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.
Oh, that you would be silent, And it would be your wisdom!