New International Version
5 The wise prevail through great power,
and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
6 Surely you need guidance to wage war,
and victory is won through many advisers.(F)
7 Wisdom is too high for fools;
in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
8 Whoever plots evil
will be known as a schemer.
9 The schemes of folly are sin,
and people detest a mocker.
10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
how small is your strength!(G)
11 Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.(H)
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs(I) the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay(J) everyone according to what they have done?(K)
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.(L)
15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
do not plunder their dwelling place;
16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.(M)
Further Sayings of the Wise
23 These also are sayings of the wise:(U)
To show partiality(V) in judging is not good:(W)
24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”(X)
will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
and rich blessing will come on them.
26 An honest answer
is like a kiss on the lips.
27 Put your outdoor work in order
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house.
30 I went past the field of a sluggard,(AA)
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
31 thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
32 I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest(AB)—
34 and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.(AC)
More Proverbs of Solomon
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.(AF)
3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
6 Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
and do not claim a place among his great men;
7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”(AJ)
than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.
9 If you take your neighbor to court,
do not betray another’s confidence,
10 or the one who hears it may shame you
and the charge against you will stand.
13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master.(AN)
14 Like clouds and wind without rain
is one who boasts of gifts never given.
16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
too much of it, and you will vomit.(AQ)
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—
too much of you, and they will hate you.
18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow
is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.(AR)
19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot
is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.
20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,
or like vinegar poured on a wound,
is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
23 Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain
is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.
24 Better to live on a corner of the roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.(AU)
25 Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land.(AV)
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
28 Like a city whose walls are broken through
is a person who lacks self-control.
26 Like snow in summer or rain(AY) in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool.(AZ)
2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
an undeserved curse does not come to rest.(BA)
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,(BB)
and a rod for the backs of fools!(BC)
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you yourself will be just like him.(BD)
5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.(BE)
6 Sending a message by the hands of a fool(BF)
is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.
7 Like the useless legs of one who is lame
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.(BG)
8 Like tying a stone in a sling
is the giving of honor to a fool.(BH)
9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.(BI)
10 Like an archer who wounds at random
is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
11 As a dog returns to its vomit,(BJ)
so fools repeat their folly.(BK)
12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?(BL)
There is more hope for a fool than for them.(BM)
13 A sluggard says,(BN) “There’s a lion in the road,
a fierce lion roaming the streets!”(BO)
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.(BP)
15 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.(BQ)
16 A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven people who answer discreetly.
17 Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears
is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
18 Like a maniac shooting
flaming arrows of death
19 is one who deceives their neighbor
and says, “I was only joking!”
20 Without wood a fire goes out;
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.(BR)
21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.(BS)
22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.(BT)
23 Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
are fervent[c] lips with an evil heart.
24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,(BU)
but in their hearts they harbor deceit.(BV)
25 Though their speech is charming,(BW) do not believe them,
for seven abominations fill their hearts.(BX)
26 Their malice may be concealed by deception,
but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
27 Whoever digs a pit(BY) will fall into it;(BZ)
if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.(CA)
28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth(CB) works ruin.