Christian Standard Bible
16 The reflections of the heart belong to mankind,
but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.(A)
3 Commit your activities to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.(C)
4 The Lord has prepared everything for his purpose—
even the wicked for the day of disaster.(D)
7 When a person’s ways please the Lord,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.(I)
8 Better a little with righteousness
than great income with injustice.(J)
9 A person’s heart plans his way,
but the Lord determines his steps.(K)
11 Honest balances and scales are the Lord’s;
all the weights in the bag are his concern.(N)
13 Righteous lips are a king’s delight,
and he loves one who speaks honestly.
14 A king’s fury is a messenger of death,
but a wise person appeases it.(Q)
15 When a king’s face lights up, there is life;
his favor is like a cloud with spring rain.
16 Get wisdom—
how much better it is than gold!
And get understanding—
it is preferable to silver.(R)
18 Pride comes before destruction,
and an arrogant spirit before a fall.(U)
22 Insight is a fountain of life(AA) for its possessor,
but the discipline of fools is folly.
25 There is a way that seems right to a person,
but its end is the way to death.(AE)
26 A worker’s appetite works for him
because his hunger[i] urges him on.
27 A worthless person digs up evil,
and his speech is like a scorching fire.(AF)
28 A contrary person spreads conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.(AG)
30 The one who narrows his eyes is planning deceptions;
the one who compresses his lips brings about evil.(AJ)
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.(AN)
17 Better a dry crust with peace
than a house full of feasting with strife.(AO)
2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and share an inheritance among brothers.
4 A wicked person listens to malicious talk;[k]
a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
6 Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly,
and the pride of children is their fathers.
7 Eloquent words are not appropriate on a fool’s lips;
how much worse are lies for a ruler.
10 A rebuke cuts into a perceptive person
more than a hundred lashes into a fool.
12 Better for a person to meet a bear robbed of her cubs(AY)
than a fool in his foolishness.
14 To start a conflict is to release a flood;
stop the dispute before it breaks out.(BB)
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the just(BC)—
both are detestable to the Lord.
16 Why does a fool have money in his hand
with no intention of buying wisdom?(BD)
17 A friend loves at all times,(BE)
and a brother is born for a difficult time.
19 One who loves to offend loves strife;(BG)
one who builds a high threshold invites injury.
20 One with a twisted mind will not succeed,
and one with deceitful speech will fall into ruin.(BH)
21 A man fathers a fool to his own sorrow;
the father of a fool has no joy.(BI)
22 A joyful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit dries up the bones.(BJ)
24 Wisdom is the focus of the perceptive,
but a fool’s eyes(BM) roam to the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is grief to his father
and bitterness to the one who bore him.(BN)
28 Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent—
discerning, when he seals his lips.(BQ)
18 One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires;
he rebels against all sound wisdom.
3 When a wicked person comes, contempt also comes,
and along with dishonor, derision.
6 A fool’s lips lead to strife,
and his mouth provokes a beating.(BV)
7 A fool’s mouth is his devastation,
and his lips are a trap for his life.(BW)
11 The wealth of the rich is his fortified city;
in his imagination it is like a high wall.(CB)
13 The one who gives an answer before he listens—
this is foolishness and disgrace for him.(CE)
14 A person’s spirit can endure sickness,
but who can survive a broken spirit?(CF)
15 The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks it.(CG)
17 The first to state his case seems right
until another comes and cross-examines him.(CI)
18 Casting the lot(CJ) ends quarrels
and separates powerful opponents.
19 An offended brother is harder to reach[v]
than a fortified city,
and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.
20 From the fruit of a person’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;
he is filled with the product of his lips.(CK)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.(CL)
19 Better a poor person who lives with integrity(CR)
than someone who has deceitful lips and is a fool.
3 A person’s own foolishness leads him astray,
yet his heart rages against the Lord.(CU)
4 Wealth attracts many friends,(CV)
but a poor person is separated from his friend.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and one who utters lies perishes.(DD)
14 A house and wealth are inherited from fathers,(DM)
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
15 Laziness induces deep sleep,
and a lazy person will go hungry.(DN)
19 A person with intense anger bears the penalty;
if you rescue him, you’ll have to do it again.(DT)
21 Many plans are in a person’s heart,
but the Lord’s decree will prevail.(DV)
22 What is desirable in a person is his fidelity;
better to be a poor person than a liar.(DW)
24 The slacker buries his hand in the bowl;
he doesn’t even bring it back to his mouth!(DY)
26 The one who plunders his father and evicts his mother
is a disgraceful and shameful son.
27 If you stop listening to correction, my son,
you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A worthless witness mocks justice,
and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity.(EB)
29 Judgments are prepared for mockers,
and beatings for the backs of fools.(EC)
2 A king’s terrible wrath is like the roaring of a lion;
anyone who provokes him endangers himself.(EE)
5 Counsel in a person’s heart is deep water;(EI)
but a person of understanding draws it out.
6 Many a person proclaims his own loyalty,
but who can find a trustworthy person?(EJ)
8 A king sitting on a throne to judge
separates out all evil with his eyes.(EM)
9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
I am cleansed from my sin”?(EN)
11 Even a young man is known by his actions—
by whether his behavior is pure and upright.(EP)
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye—
the Lord made them both.(EQ)
13 Don’t love sleep, or you will become poor;
open your eyes, and you’ll have enough to eat.(ER)
14 “It’s worthless, it’s worthless!” the buyer says,
but after he is on his way, he gloats.
15 There is gold and a multitude of jewels,
but knowledgeable lips are a rare treasure.(ES)
16 Take his garment,
for he has put up security for a stranger;
get collateral if it is for foreigners.(ET)
21 An inheritance gained prematurely
will not be blessed ultimately.(FC)
24 Even a courageous person’s steps are determined by the Lord,(FI)
so how can anyone understand his own way?
25 It is a trap for anyone to dedicate something rashly
and later to reconsider his vows.(FJ)
28 Loyalty and faithfulness guard a king;
through loyalty he maintains his throne.
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
and the splendor of old men is gray hair.(FN)
- 16:2 Lit spirits
- 16:5 Lit hand to hand
- 16:10 Or A divination is on the lips of a king
- 16:19 Alt Hb tradition reads afflicted
- 16:21 Lit and sweetness of lips
- 16:23 Lit learning upon his lips
- 16:24 Lit throat
- 16:24 Lit bones
- 16:26 Lit mouth
- 16:32 Lit and ruling over one’s spirit
- 17:4 Lit to lips of iniquity
- 17:11 Or a merciless angel
- 17:18 Lit sense slaps hands
- 17:26 Or noble unfairly
- 17:27 Lit spirit
- 18:2 Lit to uncover his heart
- 18:4 Or waters; a fountain of wisdom is a flowing river
- 18:8 Lit to the chambers of the belly
- 18:9 Lit master of destruction
- 18:10 Lit raised high
- 18:16 Lit gift makes room
- 18:19 LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read is stronger
- 18:24 Some LXX mss, Syr, Tg, Vg read friends must be friendly
- 19:2 Lit who is hasty with feet
- 19:7 Hb uncertain
- 19:8 Lit acquires a heart
- 19:16 Or despises, or treats lightly
- 19:17 Lit to him
- 19:18 Lit don’t lift up your soul to his death
- 19:20 Lit in your end
- 19:23 Lit will spend the night satisfied
- 20:1 Or whoever staggers
- 20:4 Lit plow in winter
- 20:4 Lit inquires
- 20:10 Lit Stone and stone, measure and measure
- 20:23 Lit A stone and a stone
- 20:27 Lit breath
- 20:27 Lit the chambers of the belly
- 20:30 Lit beatings the chambers of the belly