III. Proverbs of Solomon, set in order by men of Hezekiah, Chapters 25—29

Proverbs 25:1-28 KJVS

[1] These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

[2] It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

[3] The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

[4] Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.

[5] Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

[6] Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:

[7] For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

[8] Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.

[9] Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:

[10] Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.

[11] A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

[12] As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

[13] As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.

[14] Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

[15] By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

[16] Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

[17] Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

[18] A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

[19] Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

[20] As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

[21] If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:

[22] For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

[23] The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

[24] It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

[25] As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

[26] A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

[27] It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

[28] He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.


Proverbs 26:1-28 KJVS

[1] As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

[2] As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

[3] A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool’s back.

[4] Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

[5] Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

[6] He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage.

[7] The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

[8] As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

[9] As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

[10] The great God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

[11] As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

[12] Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

[13] The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

[14] As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

[15] The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth.

[16] The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

[17] He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

[18] As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,

[19] So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

[20] Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

[21] As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

[22] The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

[23] Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

[24] He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;

[25] When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.

[26] Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

[27] Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

[28] A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.


Proverbs 27:1-27 KJVS

[1] Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

[2] Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

[3] A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.

[4] Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

[5] Open rebuke is better than secret love.

[6] Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

[7] The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

[8] As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

[9] Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.

[10] Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

[11] My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

[12] A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

[13] Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

[14] He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

[15] A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

[16] Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.

[17] Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

[18] Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

[19] As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

[20] Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

[21] As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.

[22] Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

[23] Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.

[24] For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?

[25] The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

[26] The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.

[27] And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.


Proverbs 28:1-28 KJVS

[1] The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

[2] For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.

[3] A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

[4] They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.

[5] Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.

[6] Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

[7] Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.

[8] He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

[9] He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

[10] Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.

[11] The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

[12] When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.

[13] He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

[14] Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

[15] As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

[16] The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.

[17] A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.

[18] Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

[19] He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

[20] A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

[21] To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

[22] He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

[23] He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

[24] Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

[25] He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

[26] He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

[27] He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.

[28] When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.


Proverbs 29:1-27 KJVS

[1] He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

[2] When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

[3] Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.

[4] The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.

[5] A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

[6] In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.

[7] The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.

[8] Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.

[9] If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.

[10] The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.

[11] A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

[12] If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.

[13] The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.

[14] The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

[15] The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

[16] When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.

[17] Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

[18] Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

[19] A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.

[20] Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

[21] He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.

[22] An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

[23] A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

[24] Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.

[25] The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

[26] Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the LORD.

[27] An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.



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