Proverbs 28 - Ecclesiastes 1 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Righteous Are Bold as a Lion
28 The wicked flee when no one pursues,
2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes;
3 A poor man who oppresses the poor
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
5 Evil men do not understand justice,
6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity
7 Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son,
8 One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion
9 One who turns away his ear from hearing the law,
10 Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way,
11 The rich man is wise in his own eyes,
12 When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory;
13 He who covers his sins will not prosper,
14 Happy is the man who is always reverent,
15 Like a roaring lion and a charging bear
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor,
17 A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit;
18 Whoever walks blamelessly will be [c]saved,
19 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,
20 A faithful man will abound with blessings,
21 To [d]show partiality is not good,
22 A man with an evil eye hastens after riches,
23 He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward
24 Whoever robs his father or his mother,
25 He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife,
26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
27 He who gives to the poor will not lack,
28 When the wicked arise, men hide themselves;
Happy Is He Who Keeps the Law
29 He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
2 When the righteous [e]are in authority, the people rejoice;
3 Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice,
4 The king establishes the land by justice,
5 A man who flatters his neighbor
6 By transgression an evil man is snared,
7 The righteous considers the cause of the poor,
8 Scoffers set a city aflame,
9 If a wise man contends with a foolish man,
10 The bloodthirsty hate the blameless,
11 A fool vents all his feelings,[g]
12 If a ruler pays attention to lies,
13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common:
14 The king who judges the poor with truth,
15 The rod and rebuke give wisdom,
16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases;
17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest;
18 Where there is no [h]revelation, the people cast off restraint;
19 A servant will not be corrected by mere words;
20 Do you see a man hasty in his words?
21 He who pampers his servant from childhood
22 An angry man stirs up strife,
23 A man’s pride will bring him low,
24 Whoever is a partner with a thief hates his own life;
25 The fear of man brings a snare,
26 Many seek the ruler’s [k]favor,
27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
The Wisdom of Agur
30 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel—to Ithiel and Ucal:
2 Surely I am more stupid than any man,
4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended?
5 Every word of God is [l]pure;
7 Two things I request of You
10 Do not malign a servant to his master,
11 There is a generation that curses its father,
15 The leech has two daughters—
There are three things that are never satisfied,
17 The eye that mocks his father,
18 There are three things which are too wonderful for me,
20 This is the way of an adulterous woman:
21 For three things the earth is perturbed,
24 There are four things which are little on the earth,
29 There are three things which are majestic in pace,
32 If you have been foolish in exalting yourself,
The Words of King Lemuel’s Mother
31 The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him:
2 What, my son?
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
8 Open your mouth for the speechless,
The Virtuous Wife
10 Who[w] can find a [x]virtuous wife?
The Vanity of Life
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 “Vanity[z] of vanities,” says the Preacher;
3 What profit has a man from all his labor
9 That which has been is what will be,
The Grief of Wisdom
12 I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be [ad]exercised. 14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.
15 What is crooked cannot be made straight,
16 I communed with my heart, saying, “Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has [ae]understood great wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind.
18 For in much wisdom is much grief,
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