Various maxims and observations of Solomon, collected by the men of Hezekiah, about kings, and other subjects of both private and public concern.
1 He, athat 1being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
2 1When the righteous are ain authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
3 1Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: 2but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
4 The 1king by judgment establisheth the land: but ahe that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
5 A 1man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
6 1In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: 2but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
7 The 1righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but 2the wicked regardeth not to know it.
8 1Scornful men abring a city into a snare: 2but wise men turn away wrath.
9 if 1a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
10 1The abloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
11 A 1fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
12 1If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
13 The 1poor and athe deceitful man meet together: 2the Lord lighteneth both their eyes.
14 The 1king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
15 The 1rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
16 1When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: 2but the righteous shall see their fall.
17 1Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
18 1Where there is no vision, the people aperish: but 2he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
19 A 1servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
20 1Seest thou a man that is hasty ain his words? 2there is more hope of a fool than of him.
21 He that 1delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
22 An 1angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man abound-eth in transgression.
23 A 1man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
24 1Whoso is partner with a thief 2hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
25 The 1fear of man bringeth a snare: 2but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be asafe.
26 1Many seek athe ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the Lord.
27 An 1unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.