The Holy Bible – Knox Translation
The Book of Proverbs
It is by woman’s wisdom a home thrives; a foolish wife pulls it down about her ears.
Does a man fear the Lord? He holds an even course; the knave has little regard for him.✻
Pride burgeons from the lips of fools; in modesty of speech the wise find safety.
No need for a full crib, where oxen are none; yet ever rich harvest tells of the ox at work.
It is a faithful witness that never lies; the perjurer breathes out lies continually.
Vainly the rash aspire to wisdom; the discerning come by their knowledge with little pains.
Go thy way, and let the fool go his; good sense is a strange language to him.
Prudence picks its way wisely; the fool blunders and is lost.
Fools make light of the guilt that needs atonement, and leave honest men to enjoy the Lord’s favour.✻
Heart’s bitterness none may know but the heart that feels it; no prying stranger can tell when it finds relief.
Fall it must, the house of the wicked; where the upright dwell, all is increase.
The right road in a man’s thinking may be one whose goal is death.
Joy blends with grief, and laughter marches with tears.
The incorrigible shall have a taste of his own ill-doings, and honest men shall have the better of him.
The simpleton takes all on trust; wisdom considers each step. (A treacherous son no part shall have; better shall a wise servant thrive and prosper.✻ )
Caution teaches the wise to shun danger; the fool is carried away by rash confidence.
The impatient man blunders, as surely as the schemer makes enemies.
Folly is the simpleton’s heirloom; skill crowns the wise.
Vice lies prostrate before virtue, the sinner at the gates of the just.
Of the beggar, his own neighbours grow weary; wealth never lacks friends.
Shame on the man who holds his neighbour in contempt; mercy to the poor brings a blessing. (Mercy he loves, who puts his trust in the Lord.✻ )
They follow a false path, that plot mischief; mercy and faithfulness mercy and faith shall find.
Hard work is sure wealth; of chattering comes only poverty.
Made rich, the wise are crowned, the folly of the thoughtless will be folly yet.
Men owe their lives to truthful witnesses; the very breath of the perjurer is treason.
The fear of the Lord gives strong confidence, bequeaths hope from the father to the children.
The fear of the Lord is a fountain where men may drink life, far removed from all mortal peril.✻
Great people, great king; it is for want of men crowns are lost.
Patience comes of sovereign prudence, impatience of unchecked folly.
Peace of mind is health of body; more than all else, envy wastes the frame.
He who oppresses the poor, insults man’s Maker; him if thou wouldst honour, take pity on human need.
When the wicked is paid in his own coin, there is an end of him; at death’s door, the just still hope.
In the discerning heart, wisdom finds a resting-place; even among fools it can impart learning.✻
Duty well done, a whole nation becomes great; suffer whole peoples for guilt incurred.
A king shews favour to a wise servant; disappoint him, and thou shalt feel his anger.
The Holy Bible