1 ¶ Better is the
poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and
is a fool.
2 ¶ Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
3 ¶ The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
4 ¶ Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
5 ¶ A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
6 ¶ Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
8 ¶ He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
9 ¶ A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
10 ¶ Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11 ¶ The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12 ¶ The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
13 ¶ A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
14 ¶ House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 ¶ Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16 ¶ He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
17 ¶ He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
18 ¶ Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
19 ¶ A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
20 ¶ Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
21 ¶ There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
22 ¶ The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
23 ¶ The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24 ¶ A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 ¶ Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
26 ¶ He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
27 ¶ Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
28 ¶ An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
29 ¶ Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.
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