Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
1 He who separates himself seeks his own desire,
He quarrels R666 F235 against all sound wisdom.
2 A fool does not delight in understanding,
But only in R667 revealing his own mind. F236
3 When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes,
And with dishonor comes scorn.
4 The words of a man's mouth are deep R668 waters;
The F237 fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.
5 To show R669 partiality to the wicked is not good,
Nor to thrust R670 aside the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool's lips bring F238 strife,
And his mouth calls for blows. R671
7 A fool's R672 mouth is his ruin,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels,
And they go down into the innermost F239 parts of the body.
9 He also who is slack R673 in his work
Is R674 brother to him who destroys.
10 The name R675 of the LORD is a strong R676 tower;
The righteous runs into it and is R677 safe. F240
11 A rich R678 man's wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own imagination.
12 Before R679 destruction the heart of man is haughty,
But humility R680 goes before honor.
13 He who gives R681 an answer before he hears,
It is folly and shame to him.
14 The spirit R682 of a man can endure his sickness,
But as for a broken R683 spirit who can bear it?
15 The mind R684 F241 of the prudent acquires knowledge,
And the ear R685 of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A man's gift R686 makes room for him
And brings him before great men.
17 The first to F242 plead his case seems right,
Until another F243 comes and examines him.
18 The cast lot R687 puts an end to strife
And decides F244 between the mighty ones.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city,
And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.
20 With the fruit R688 F245 of a man's mouth his stomach will be satisfied;
He R689 will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
21 Death R690 and life are in the power F246 of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. R691
22 He who finds a wife R692 finds a good thing
And obtains R693 favor from the LORD.
23 The poor R694 man utters supplications,
But the rich R695 man answers R696 roughly.
24 A man of too many friends comes to ruin, F247
But there is a R697 friend F248 who sticks closer than a brother.
F235: Lit breaks out
F236: Lit heart
F237: Or A bubbling brook, a fountain of wisdom
F238: Lit come with
F239: Lit chambers of the belly
F240: Lit set on high
F241: Lit heart
F242: Lit in his plea
F243: Lit his neighbor
F244: Lit makes a division
F245: I.e. speech
F246: Lit hand
F247: Lit be broken in pieces
F248: Or lover
R666: Proverbs 3:21; 8:14
R667: Proverbs 12:23; 13:16; Ecclesiastes 10:3
R668: Proverbs 20:5
R669: Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 1:17; 16:19; Psalms 82:2; Proverbs 17:15; 24:23; 28:21
R670: Exodus 23:2,6; Proverbs 17:26; 31:5; Micah 3:9
R671: Proverbs 19:29
R672: Psalms 64:8; 140:9; Proverbs 10:14; 12:13; 13:3; Ecclesiastes 10:12
R673: Proverbs 10:4
R674: Proverbs 28:24
R675: Exodus 3:15
R676: 2 Samuel 22:2,3,33; Psalms 18:2; 61:3; 91:2; 144:2
R677: Proverbs 29:25
R678: Proverbs 10:15
R679: Proverbs 11:2; 16:18; 29:23
R680: Proverbs 15:33
R681: Proverbs 20:25; John 7:51
R682: Proverbs 17:22
R683: Proverbs 15:13
R684: Proverbs 15:14; Ephesians 1:17
R685: Proverbs 15:31
R686: Genesis 32:20; 1 Samuel 25:27
R687: Proverbs 16:33
R688: Proverbs 12:14
R689: Proverbs 14:14
R690: Proverbs 12:13; 13:3; Matthew 12:37
R691: Proverbs 13:2; Isaiah 3:10; Hosea 10:13
R692: Genesis 2:18; Proverbs 12:4; 19:14; 31:10-31
R693: Proverbs 8:35
R694: Proverbs 19:7
R695: James 2:3,6
R696: 1 Kings 12:13; 2 Chronicles 10:13
R697: Proverbs 17:17; John 15:14,15