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PROVERBS OF PERSONAL CONTENTMENT AND PEACE
¤Another better thing
1 Better is
a dry morsel with quietness,
than a house full of feasting with strife.
¤Advice to servants
A wise servant will
over a son who causes shame,
and will share an inheritance among the brothers.
¤Two refining processes
3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but
¤Four great sins
4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips;
listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 5
his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
¤Two kinds of crowns
are the crown of old men, and the
of children is their father.
¤Two unbecoming things
speech is not becoming to a fool, much less lying lips to a prince.
¤The power of gifts
is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; wherever he turns, he prospers.
¤How to win friends and make enemies
9 He who
a transgression seeks
he who repeats a matter
¤How to classify certain men
10 Rebuke is more effective for a wise man than
a hundred blows
on a fool. 11 An evil man seeks only
therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
¤Good advice for all
12 Let a man meet
a bear robbed of her cubs,
rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever rewards evil for good,
evil will not
depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore stop contention
before a quarrel starts.
¤Two abominations to God
15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are
to the LORD.
¤Why some remain fools
16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of
since he has no heart for it
¤How to know true friends
at all times,
and a brother is born for
¤Seven things that cause sorrow
18 A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, and
becomes surety for his friend.
He who loves transgression
loves strife, and he who exalts his gate seeks destruction. 20
He who has a deceitful heart
finds no good, and he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil. 21 He who
a scoffer does so to his sorrow, and
the father of a fool
has no joy.
¤A good medicine
A merry heart
does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
¤How to pervert justice
23 A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back to pervert
the ways of justice.
¤The wise and the fools
24 Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to
her who bore him.
¤Two things that are not good
26 Also, to punish
is not good, nor to strike princes for their uprightness.
¤Two good practices
27 He who has knowledge
his words, and a man of understanding is of
a calm spirit.
28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts
he is considered perceptive.