Various maxims and observations of Solomon, collected by the men of Hezekiah, about kings, and other subjects of both private and public concern.
1 THE awicked flee when no man pursueth: but bthe righteous are bold as a lion.
2 For cthe transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: dbut 1by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
3 A epoor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain 2which leaveth no food.
- e: Mat. 18:28 - 30
- 2: Heb. without food.
4 They fthat forsake the law gpraise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
5 hEvil men understand not judgment: but ithey that seek the LORD understand all things.
6 jBetter is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7 kWhoso keepeth the law is a wise son: lbut he that 3is a companion of *riotous men shameth his father.
8 He mthat 4by *usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
9 He nthat turneth away his ear from hearing the law, oeven his prayer shall be abomination.
10 pWhoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but qthe upright shall have good things in possession.
11 The rrich man is wise 5in his own *conceit; but sthe poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
12 tWhen righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is 6hidden.
13 He uthat covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
14 vHappy is the man that feareth alway: wbut he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
15 As xa roaring lion, and a *ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
16 The yprince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but zhe that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
17 A aman that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man *stay him.
18 bWhoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
19 He cthat *tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
20 A dfaithful man shall abound with blessings: ebut he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be 7innocent.
21 To fhave respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
22 8He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, gand considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
23 hHe that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
24 Whoso irobbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of 9a destroyer.
25 He jthat is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: kbut he that putteth his trust in the LORD lshall be made fat.
26 He mthat trusteth in his own heart is a fool: nbut whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
27 He othat giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.