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Her children rise up and call her blessed;     her husband also, and he praises her: 29 “Many women have done excellently,     but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,     but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,     and let her works praise her in the…

Proverbs 31

English Standard Version (ESV) The Words of King Lemuel 31 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: 2 What are you doing, my son?[a] What are you doing, son of my womb?     What are you doing, son of my vows? 3 Do not give your strength to women,     your ways to those who…

Proverbs 30

English Standard Version (ESV) The Words of Agur 30 The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.[a] The man declares, I am weary, O God;     I am weary, O God, and worn out.[b] 2 Surely I am too stupid to be a man.     I have not the understanding of a man. 3 I have not learned wisdom,…

Proverbs 29

English Standard Version (ESV) 29 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,     will suddenly be broken beyond healing. 2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,     but when the wicked rule, the people groan. 3 He who loves wisdom makes his father glad,     but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. 4 By justice a king builds…

Proverbs 28

English Standard Version (ESV) 28 The wicked flee when no one pursues,     but the righteous are bold as a lion. 2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,     but with a man of understanding and knowledge,     its stability will long continue. 3 A poor man who oppresses the poor     is a beating rain that leaves no food.…

Proverbs 27

English Standard Version (ESV) 27 Do not boast about tomorrow,     for you do not know what a day may bring. 2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;     a stranger, and not your own lips. 3 A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,     but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both. 4 Wrath is cruel, anger…

Proverbs 26

English Standard Version (ESV) 26 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,     so honor is not fitting for a fool. 2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,     a curse that is causeless does not alight. 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,     and a rod for the…

Proverbs 25

English Standard Version (ESV) More Proverbs of Solomon 25 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied. 2 It is the glory of God to conceal things,     but the glory of kings is to search things out. 3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,     so the heart…

Proverbs 24

English Standard Version (ESV) 24 Be not envious of evil men,     nor desire to be with them, 2 for their hearts devise violence,     and their lips talk of trouble. 3 By wisdom a house is built,     and by understanding it is established; 4 by knowledge the rooms are filled     with all precious and pleasant riches. 5 A wise man is…

Proverbs 23

English Standard Version (ESV) 23 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,     observe carefully what[a] is before you, 2 and put a knife to your throat     if you are given to appetite. 3 Do not desire his delicacies,     for they are deceptive food. 4 Do not toil to acquire wealth;     be discerning enough to desist. 5 When your…

Proverbs 22

English Standard Version (ESV) 22 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,     and favor is better than silver or gold. 2 The rich and the poor meet together;     the Lord is the Maker of them all. 3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself,     but the simple go on and suffer for it. 4 The…

Proverbs 21

English Standard Version (ESV) 21 The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;     he turns it wherever he will. 2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,     but the Lord weighs the heart. 3 To do righteousness and justice     is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. 4 Haughty…

Proverbs 20

English Standard Version (ESV) 20 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,     and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.[a] 2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;     whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life. 3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,     but…

Proverbs 19

English Standard Version (ESV) 19 Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity     than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool. 2 Desire[a] without knowledge is not good,     and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. 3 When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin,     his heart rages against the…

Proverbs 18

English Standard Version (ESV) 18 Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;     he breaks out against all sound judgment. 2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,     but only in expressing his opinion. 3 When wickedness comes, contempt comes also,     and with dishonor comes disgrace. 4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters;     the fountain of wisdom…

Proverbs 17

English Standard Version (ESV) 17 Better is a dry morsel with quiet     than a house full of feasting[a] with strife. 2 A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully     and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. 3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,     and the…

Proverbs 16

English Standard Version (ESV) 16 The plans of the heart belong to man,     but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,     but the Lord weighs the spirit.[a] 3 Commit your work to the Lord,     and your plans will be established. 4 The Lord has…

Proverbs 15

English Standard Version (ESV) 15 A soft answer turns away wrath,     but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,     but the mouths of fools pour out folly. 3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place,     keeping watch on the evil and the good. 4 A gentle[a] tongue is a tree…

Proverbs 14

English Standard Version (ESV) 14 The wisest of women builds her house,     but folly with her own hands tears it down. 2 Whoever walks in uprightness fears theLord,     but he who is devious in his ways despises him. 3 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,[a]     but the lips of the wise will…

Proverbs 13

English Standard Version (ESV) 13 A wise son hears his father’s instruction,     but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 2 From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good,     but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. 3 Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;     he who opens wide his lips comes to…

Proverbs 12

English Standard Version (ESV) 12 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,     but he who hates reproof is stupid. 2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord,     but a man of evil devices he condemns. 3 No one is established by wickedness,     but the root of the righteous will never be moved. 4 An excellent wife is the crown of…

Proverbs 11

English Standard Version (ESV) 11 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord,     but a just weight is his delight. 2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,     but with the humble is wisdom. 3 The integrity of the upright guides them,     but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. 4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath,…

Proverbs 10

English Standard Version (ESV) The Proverbs of Solomon 10 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father,     but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. 2 Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit,     but righteousness delivers from death. 3 The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,     but he thwarts the craving…

Proverbs 9

English Standard Version (ESV) The Way of Wisdom 9 Wisdom has built her house;     she has hewn her seven pillars. 2 She has slaughtered her beasts; she has mixed her wine;     she has also set her table. 3 She has sent out her young women to call     from the highest places in the town, 4 “Whoever is simple, let…

Proverbs 8

New International Version (NIV) Wisdom’s Call 8 Does not wisdom call out?     Does not understanding raise her voice? 2 At the highest point along the way,     where the paths meet, she takes her stand; 3 beside the gate leading into the city,     at the entrance, she cries aloud: 4 “To you, O people, I call out;     I raise my…

Proverbs 7

English Standard Version (ESV) Warning Against the Adulteress 7 My son, keep my words     and treasure up my commandments with you; 2 keep my commandments and live;     keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; 3 bind them on your fingers;     write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”     and…

Proverbs 6

English Standard Version (ESV) Practical Warnings 6 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,     have given your pledge for a stranger, 2 if you are snared in the words of your mouth,     caught in the words of your mouth, 3 then do this, my son, and save yourself,     for you have come into the…

Proverbs 5 😃💑

English Standard Version (ESV) Warning Against Adultery 5 My son, be attentive to my wisdom;     incline your ear to my understanding, 2 that you may keep discretion,     and your lips may guard knowledge. 3 For the lips of a forbidden[a] woman drip honey,     and her speech[b] is smoother than oil, 4 but in the end she is bitter as…

Proverbs 4

English Standard Version (ESV) A Father’s Wise Instruction 4 Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction,     and be attentive, that you may gain[a]insight, 2 for I give you good precepts;     do not forsake my teaching. 3 When I was a son with my father,     tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, 4 he taught me and said…

Proverbs 3

English Standard Version (ESV) Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart 3 My son, do not forget my teaching,     but let your heart keep my commandments, 2 for length of days and years of life     and peace they will add to you. 3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;     bind them around your neck;     write…