261Blessed is the man that hath a virtuous wife, for the number of his days shall be double.
2A virtuous woman rejoiceth her husband, and he shall fulfil the years of his life in peace.
3A good wife is a good portion, which shall be given in the portion of them that fear the Lord.
4Whether a man be rich or poor, if he have a good heart toward the Lord, he shall at all times rejoice with a cheerful countenance.
5There be three things that mine heart feareth; and for the fourth I was sore afraid: the slander of a city, the gathering together of an unruly multitude, and a false accusation: all these are worse than death.
6But a grief of heart and sorrow is a woman that is jealous over another woman, and a scourge of the tongue which communicateth with all.
7An evil wife is a yoke shaken to and fro: he that hath hold of her is as though he held a scorpion.
8A drunken woman and a gadder abroad causeth great anger, and she will not cover her own shame.
9The whoredom of a woman may be known in her haughty looks and eyelids.
10If thy daughter be shameless, keep her in straitly, lest she abuse herself through overmuch liberty.
11Watch over an impudent eye: and marvel not if she trespass against thee.
12She will open her mouth, as a thirsty traveller when he hath found a fountain, and drink of every water near her: by every hedge will she sit down, and open her quiver against every arrow.
13The grace of a wife delighteth her husband, and her discretion will fatten his bones.
14A silent and loving woman is a gift of the Lord; and there is nothing so much worth as a mind well instructed.
15A shamefaced and faithful woman is a double grace, and her continent mind cannot be valued.
16As the sun when it ariseth in the high heaven; so is the beauty of a good wife in the ordering of her house.
17As the clear light is upon the holy candlestick; so is the beauty of the face in ripe age.
18As the golden pillars are upon the sockets of silver; so are the fair feet with a constant heart.
19My son, keep the flower of thine age sound; and give not thy strength to strangers.
20When thou hast gotten a fruitful possession through all the field, sow it with thine own seed, trusting in the goodness of thy stock.
21So thy race which thou leavest shall be magnified, having the confidence of their good descent.
22An harlot shall be accounted as spittle; but a married woman is a tower against death to her husband.
23A wicked woman is given as a portion to a wicked man: but a godly woman is given to him that feareth the Lord.
24A dishonest woman contemneth shame: but an honest woman will reverence her husband.
25A shameless woman shall be counted as a dog; but she that is shamefaced will fear the Lord.
26A woman that honoureth her husband shall be judged wise of all; but she that dishonoureth him in her pride shall be counted ungodly of all.
27A loud crying woman and a scold shall be sought out to drive away the enemies.
28There be two things that grieve my heart; and the third maketh me angry: a man of war that suffereth poverty; and men of understanding that are not set by; and one that returneth from righteousness to sin; the Lord prepareth such an one for the sword.
29A merchant shall hardly keep himself from doing wrong; and an huckster shall not be freed from sin.
271Many have sinned for a small matter; and he that seeketh for abundance will turn his eyes away.
2As a nail sticketh fast between the joinings of the stones; so doth sin stick close between buying and selling.
3Unless a man hold himself diligently in the fear of the Lord, his house shall soon be overthrown.
4As when one sifteth with a sieve, the refuse remaineth; so the filth of man in his talk.
5The furnace proveth the potter’s vessels; so the trial of man is in his reasoning.
6The fruit declareth if the tree have been dressed; so is the utterance of a conceit in the heart of man.
7Praise no man before thou hearest him speak; for this is the trial of men.
8If thou followest righteousness, thou shalt obtain her, and put her on, as a glorious long robe.
9The birds will resort unto their like; so will truth return unto them that practise in her.
10As the lion lieth in wait for the prey; so sin for them that work iniquity.
11The discourse of a godly man is always with wisdom; but a fool changeth as the moon.
12If thou be among the indiscreet, observe the time; but be continually among men of understanding.
13The discourse of fools is irksome, and their sport is the wantonness of sin.
14The talk of him that sweareth much maketh the hair stand upright; and their brawls make one stop his ears.
15The strife of the proud is bloodshedding, and their revilings are grievous to the ear.
16Whoso discovereth secrets loseth his credit; and shall never find friend to his mind.
17Love thy friend, and be faithful unto him: but if thou betrayest his secrets, follow no more after him.
18For as a man hath destroyed his enemy; so hast thou lost the love of thy neighbor.
19As one that letteth a bird go out of his hand, so hast thou let thy neighbour go, and shalt not get him again
20Follow after him no more, for he is too far off; he is as a roe escaped out of the snare.
21As for a wound, it may be bound up; and after reviling there may be reconcilement: but he that betrayeth secrets is without hope.
22He that winketh with the eyes worketh evil: and he that knoweth him will depart from him.
23When thou art present, he will speak sweetly, and will admire thy words: but at the last he will writhe his mouth, and slander thy sayings.
24I have hated many things, but nothing like him; for the Lord will hate him.
25Whoso casteth a stone on high casteth it on his own head; and a deceitful stroke shall make wounds.
26Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that setteth a trap shall be taken therein.
27He that worketh mischief, it shall fall upon him, and he shall not know whence it cometh.
28Mockery and reproach are from the proud; but vengeance, as a lion, shall lie in wait for them.
29They that rejoice at the fall of the righteous shall be taken in the snare; and anguish shall consume them before they die.
30Malice and wrath, even these are abominations; and the sinful man shall have them both.
281He that revengeth shall find vengeance from the Lord, and he will surely keep his sins in remembrance.
2Forgive thy neighbour the hurt that he hath done unto thee, so shall thy sins also be forgiven when thou prayest.
3One man beareth hatred against another, and doth he seek pardon from the Lord?
4He sheweth no mercy to a man, which is like himself: and doth he ask forgiveness of his own sins?
5If he that is but flesh nourish hatred, who will intreat for pardon of his sins?
6Remember thy end, and let enmity cease; remember corruption and death, and abide in the commandments.
7Remember the commandments, and bear no malice to thy neighbour: remember the covenant of the Highest, and wink at ignorance.
8Abstain from strife, and thou shalt diminish thy sins: for a furious man will kindle strife,
9A sinful man disquieteth friends, and maketh debate among them that be at peace.
10As the matter of the fire is, so it burneth: and as a man’s strength is, so is his wrath; and according to his riches his anger riseth; and the stronger they are which contend, the more they will be inflamed.
11An hasty contention kindleth a fire: and an hasty fighting sheddeth blood.
12If thou blow the spark, it shall burn: if thou spit upon it, it shall be quenched: and both these come out of thy mouth.
13Curse the whisperer and doubletongued: for such have destroyed many that were at peace.
14A backbiting tongue hath disquieted many, and driven them from nation to nation: strong cities hath it pulled down, and overthrown the houses of great men.
15A backbiting tongue hath cast out virtuous women, and deprived them of their labours.
16Whoso hearkeneth unto it shall never find rest, and never dwell quietly.
17The stroke of the whip maketh marks in the flesh: but the stroke of the tongue breaketh the bones.
18Many have fallen by the edge of the sword: but not so many as have fallen by the tongue.
19Well is he that is defended through the venom thereof; who hath not drawn the yoke thereof, nor hath been bound in her bands.
20For the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and the bands thereof are bands of brass.
21The death thereof is an evil death, the grave were better than it.
22It shall not have rule over them that fear God, neither shall they be burned with the flame thereof.
23Such as forsake the Lord shall fall into it; and it shall burn in them, and not be quenched; it shall be sent upon them as a lion, and devour them as a leopard.
24Look that thou hedge thy possession about with thorns, and bind up thy silver and gold,
25And weigh thy words in a balance, and make a door and bar for thy mouth.
26Beware thou slide not by it, lest thou fall before him that lieth in wait.