He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
He who loves wisdom makes his father glad, but one who keeps company with harlots squanders his substance.
By justice a king gives stability to the land, but one who exacts gifts ruins it.
A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
An evil man is ensnared in his transgression, but a righteous man sings and rejoices.
A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.
Scoffers set a city aflame, but wise men turn away wrath.
If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless, and the wicked seek his life.
A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked.
The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.
If a king judges the poor with equity his throne will be established for ever.
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases; but the righteous will look upon their downfall.
Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.
Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.
By mere words a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not give heed.
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
He who pampers his servant from childhood, will in the end find him his heir.
A man of wrath stirs up strife, and a man given to anger causes much transgression.
A man's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
The partner of a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.
The fear of man lays a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD is safe.
Many seek the favor of a ruler, but from the LORD a man gets justice.
An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but he whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.
The words of Agur son of Jakeh of Massa. The man says to Ith'i-el, to Ith'i-el and Ucal:
Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man.
I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One.
Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name? Surely you know!
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you, and you be found a liar.
Two things I ask of thee; deny them not to me before I die:
Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me,
lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, "Who is the LORD?" or lest I be poor, and steal, and profane the name of my God.
Do not slander a servant to his master, lest he curse you, and you be held guilty.
There are those who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.
There are those who are pure in their own eyes but are not cleansed of their filth.
There are those--how lofty are their eyes, how high their eyelids lift!
There are those whose teeth are swords, whose teeth are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among men.
The leech has two daughters; "Give, give," they cry. Three things are never satisfied; four never say, "Enough":
Sheol, the barren womb, the earth ever thirsty for water, and the fire which never says, "Enough."
The eye that mocks a father and scorns to obey a mother will be picked out by the ravens of the valley and eaten by the vultures.
Three things are too wonderful for me; four I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden.
This is the way of an adulteress: she eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, "I have done no wrong."
Under three things the earth trembles; under four it cannot bear up:
a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is filled with food;
an unloved woman when she gets a husband, and a maid when she succeeds her mistress.
Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise:
the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;
the badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the rocks;
the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank;
the lizard you can take in your hands, yet it is in kings' palaces.
Three things are stately in their tread; four are stately in their stride:
the lion, which is mightiest among beasts and does not turn back before any;
the strutting cock, the he-goat, and a king striding before his people.
If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth.
For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife.