New International Version
18 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.(A)
3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
and with shame comes reproach.
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters,(B)
but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.
6 The lips of fools bring them strife,
and their mouths invite a beating.(E)
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.(H)
9 One who is slack in his work
is brother to one who destroys.(I)
11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;(L)
they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.(M)
13 To answer before listening—
that is folly and shame.(N)
14 The human spirit can endure in sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?(O)
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,(P)
for the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 A gift(Q) opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,
until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
18 Casting the lot settles disputes(R)
and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother wronged(S) is more unyielding than a fortified city;
disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.(T)
23 The poor plead for mercy,
but the rich answer harshly.
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.(Y)
19 Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than a fool whose lips are perverse.(Z)
2 Desire without knowledge is not good—
how much more will hasty feet miss the way!(AA)
4 Wealth attracts many friends,
but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.(AD)
8 The one who gets wisdom loves life;
the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.(AL)
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will perish.(AM)
11 A person’s wisdom yields patience;(AP)
it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
15 Laziness brings on deep sleep,
and the shiftless go hungry.(AX)
16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life,
but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.(AY)
18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;
do not be a willing party to their death.(BB)
19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty;
rescue them, and you will have to do it again.
21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.(BE)
22 What a person desires is unfailing love[b];
better to be poor than a liar.
23 The fear of the Lord leads to life;
then one rests content, untouched by trouble.(BF)
24 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he will not even bring it back to his mouth!(BG)
26 Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother(BJ)
is a child who brings shame and disgrace.
27 Stop listening to instruction, my son,(BK)
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice,
and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.(BL)
29 Penalties are prepared for mockers,
and beatings for the backs of fools.(BM)
5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,(BX)
but one who has insight draws them out.
6 Many claim to have unfailing love,
but a faithful person who can find?(BY)
10 Differing weights and differing measures—
the Lord detests them both.(CF)
11 Even small children are known by their actions,
so is their conduct really pure(CG) and upright?
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—
the Lord has made them both.(CH)
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;(CI)
stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer—
then goes off and boasts about the purchase.
15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
18 Plans are established by seeking advice;
so if you wage war, obtain guidance.(CN)
19 A gossip betrays a confidence;(CO)
so avoid anyone who talks too much.
21 An inheritance claimed too soon
will not be blessed at the end.
23 The Lord detests differing weights,
and dishonest scales do not please him.(CT)
25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly
and only later to consider one’s vows.(CX)
26 A wise king winnows out the wicked;
he drives the threshing wheel over them.(CY)
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
gray hair the splendor of the old.(DD)