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Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

  1 Whoever loves Idiscipline loves knowledge,
  But he who hates reproof is stupid.
  2 A agood man will obtain favor from the LORD,
  But He will condemn a man Iwho devises evil.
  3 A man will anot be established by wickedness,
  But the root of the brighteous will not be moved.
  4 An Iaexcellent wife is the crown of her husband,
  But she who shames [him] is like brottenness in his bones.
  5 The thoughts of the righteous are just,
  [But] the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
  6 The awords of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
  But the bmouth of the upright will deliver them.
  7 The awicked are overthrown and are no more,
  But the bhouse of the righteous will stand.
  8 A man will be praised according to his insight,
  But one of perverse Imind will be despised.
  9 Better is he who is lightly esteemed and has a servant
  Than he who honors himself and lacks bread.
  10 A arighteous man has regard for the life of his animal,
  But [even] the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
  11 He awho tills his land will have plenty of bread,
  But he who pursues worthless [things] lacks Isense.
  12 The awicked man desires the Ibooty of evil men,
  But the root of the righteous byields [fruit].
  13 IAn evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
  But the arighteous will escape from trouble.
  14 A man will be asatisfied with good by the fruit of his Iwords,
  And the bdeeds of a man’s hands will return to him.
  15 The away of a fool is right in his own eyes,
  But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
  16 A afool’s anger is known at once,
  But a prudent man conceals dishonor.
  17 He who Ispeaks truth tells what is right,
  But a false witness, deceit.
  18 There is one who aspeaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
  But the btongue of the wise brings healing.
  19 Truthful lips will be established forever,
  But a alying tongue is only for a moment.
  20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
  But counselors of peace have joy.
  21 aNo harm befalls the righteous,
  But the wicked are filled with trouble.
  22 aLying lips are an abomination to the LORD,
  But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
  23 A aprudent man conceals knowledge,
  But the heart of fools proclaims folly.
  24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
  But the Islack [hand] will be aput to forced labor.
  25 aAnxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
  But a bgood word makes it glad.
  26 The righteous is a guide to his neighbor,
  But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
  27 A Ilazy man does not IIroast his prey,
  But the aprecious possession of a man [is] diligence.
  28 aIn the way of righteousness is life,
  And in [its] pathway there is no death.

[1] IOr instruction
[2] ILit of evil devices aPv 3:4; 8:35
[3] aPv 11:5 bPv 10:25
[4] IOr virtuous aPv 31:11; 1Co 11:7 bPv 14:30; Hab 3:16
[6] aPv 1:11, 16 bPv 14:3
[7] aJb 34:25; Pv 10:25 bMt 7:24-27
[8] ILit heart
[10] aDt 25:4
[11] ILit heart aPv 28:19
[12] ILit net aPv 21:10 bPv 11:30
[13] ILit In the transgression of the lips is an evil snare aPv 11:8; 21:23; 2P 2:9
[14] ILit mouth aPv 13:2; 15:23; 18:20 bJb 34:11; Pv 1:31; 24:12; Is 3:10, 11; Ho 4:9
[15] aPv 14:12; 16:2; 21:2
[16] aPv 14:33; 27:3; 29:11
[17] ILit breathes
[18] aPs 57:4 bPv 4:22; 15:4
[19] aPs 52:4, 5; Pv 19:9
[21] aPs 91:10; 121:7; Pv 1:33; 1P 3:13
[22] aRv 22:15
[23] aPv 10:14; 11:13; 13:16; 15:2; 29:11
[24] ILit slackness aGn 49:15; Jg 1:28; 1K 9:21
[25] aPv 15:13 bIs 50:4
[27] ILit slackness IIOr catch aPv 10:4; 13:4
[28] aDt 30:15f; 32:46f; Jr 21:8


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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

1 ¶ Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof [is] brutish. 2 A good [man] obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4 A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones. 5 The thoughts of the righteous [are] right: [but] the counsels of the wicked [are] deceit. 6 The words of the wicked [are] to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. 7 The wicked are overthrown, and [are] not: but the house of the righteous shall stand. 8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised. 9 [He that is] despised, and hath a servant, [is] better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread. 10 A righteous [man] regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked [are] cruel. 11 He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain [persons is] void of understanding. 12 The wicked desireth the net of evil [men]: but the root of the righteous yieldeth [fruit]. 13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of [his] lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. 14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of [his] mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him. 15 The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise. 16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent [man] covereth shame. 17 [He that] speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit. 18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health. 19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue [is] but for a moment. 20 Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace [is] joy. 21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief. 22 Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight. 23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. 24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. 25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. 26 The righteous [is] more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them. 27 The slothful [man] roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man [is] precious. 28 In the way of righteousness [is] life; and [in] the pathway [thereof there is] no death.

[1] Ps 32:9; 92:6; 119:27, 97; Pv 2:10; 5:12; 8:17, 32; 9:7; 18:1; Is 1:3; 2Th 2:10.
[2] Ps 9:15; 112:5; Pv 1:31; 6:18; 8:35; Ec 8:8; Is 32:5; Ac 11:24; Ro 5:7.
[3] 1S 25:33; Jb 5:3; 15:29; 20:5; 27:16; Ps 15:5; 125:1; Pv 10:25; 12:12; Ep 3:17; Col 2:7.
[4] Pv 14:1, 30; 19:13; 21:9, 19; 27:15; 31:10; Hab 3:16; 1Co 11:7, 11.
[5] Ps 12:2; 36:2; 41:6; 119:15; 139:23; 140:1; Pv 11:23; 24:9; Is 55:7; Jr 4:14; Mt 2:3, 16; 26:4; 1Co 4:5; 2Co 4:2.
[6] 2S 17:1; Es 4:7; 7:4; Pv 1:11; 14:3; Is 59:7; Jr 5:26; Mi 7:1; Ac 23:12, 15; 25:3.
[7] 2S 7:16, 26; Es 9:6, 14; Jb 5:3; 11:20; 18:15; 27:18; Ps 37:10, 35; 73:18; Pv 11:21; 14:1, 11; 15:25; 24:3; Mt 7:24.
[8] Gn 41:39; 1S 13:13; 16:18; 18:30; 25:17; Ps 132:18; Pv 1:26; 3:35; 5:23; Ec 8:1; Dn 12:2; Mal 2:8; Mt 27:4; Lk 12:42; 16:8; Ac 12:23; 1Co 3:10; 4:5; 2Co 10:18.
[9] Pv 13:7; Lk 14:11.
[10] Gn 33:13; 37:26; Nu 22:28; Dt 25:4; Jg 1:7; 1S 11:2; Jn 4:11; 19:31; Jm 2:13; 1Jn 3:17.
[11] Gn 3:19; Jg 9:4; Ps 26:4; 128:2; Pv 1:10; 4:14; 6:32; 7:7; 9:6, 13, 16; 13:20, 23; 14:4, 23; 27:27; 28:19; Jna 2:8; Ep 4:28; 1Th 4:11; 2Th 3:8; Tit 1:10.
[12] Ps 1:3; 9:15; 10:9; Pv 1:17; 10:15; 29:5; Is 27:6; 37:31; Jr 5:26; 17:7; Mi 7:2; Hab 1:15; Lk 8:13; Jn 15:5, 16; Ro 6:22.
[13] Gn 48:16; 2S 4:9; 1K 2:23; Ps 5:6; 34:19; 64:8; Pv 6:2; 11:8; 15:2; 18:6; Ec 7:18; Dn 6:24; Mt 27:25; Ro 8:35; 2P 2:9.
[14] Ps 63:5; Pv 13:2; 18:20; Is 3:10; Mt 10:41; 16:27; 2Th 1:6; He 2:2; 11:26.
[15] Pv 1:5; 3:7; 9:9; 14:16; 16:2, 25; 19:20; 26:12, 16; 28:11; 30:12; Ec 4:13; Jr 38:15; Lk 18:11; Ga 6:3.
[16] 1S 20:30; 1K 19:1; Pv 10:12; 16:22; 17:9; 25:28; 29:11; Jm 1:19.
[17] 1S 22:14; Pv 6:19; 14:5, 25; 19:5, 28; 21:28; 24:28; Mt 15:19; 26:59; Ac 6:13; 1P 3:16.
[18] Ps 52:2; 57:4; 59:7; 64:3; Pv 10:20; 13:17; 15:7; 16:24; 25:18; Dn 11:33; Jm 3:6; Rv 1:16; 22:2.
[19] Jb 20:5; Ps 52:5; Pv 19:9; Zc 1:4; Mt 24:35; Ac 5:3.
[20] Pv 12:12; 26:24; Is 9:6; Jr 17:16; Zc 6:13; Mt 5:9; Mk 7:21; 12:14; Ro 1:29; He 12:14; 1P 3:8.
[21] Pv 1:31; 14:14; Jr 13:12; Hab 2:16; Ro 8:28; 1Co 3:22; 2Co 4:17; Rv 18:6.
[22] Ps 5:6; Pv 6:16; 11:1, 20; 15:8; Is 9:15; Jr 9:24; Ezk 13:19, 22; Rv 21:8; 22:15.
[23] Pv 10:19; 11:13; 13:16; 15:2; Ec 10:3, 12.
[24] 1K 11:28; 12:20; Pv 10:4; 12:27; 13:4; 17:2; 19:15; 21:25; 22:13, 29; 24:30; 26:13.
[25] Ne 2:1; Ps 38:6; 42:11; Pv 12:18; 14:10; 15:13, 15, 23; 16:24; 17:22; 18:14; 25:11; 27:9; Is 50:4; Zc 1:13; Mk 14:33; 2Co 2:4.
[26] Ps 16:3; 18:12; Pv 12:13; 17:27; Mt 5:46; Lk 6:32; Jm 1:13; 1P 2:18; 2P 2:18; 1Jn 2:26; Rv 12:9; 13:14.
[27] Ps 37:16; Pv 13:4; 15:16; 16:8; 23:2; 26:15.
[28] Pv 8:35; 9:11; 10:16; 11:19; Ezk 18:9, 20; Ro 5:21; 6:22; Tit 2:11; 1Jn 2:29; 3:7; 3Jn 1:11.


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