Proverbs 29:1 — 31:31
29 A man repeatedly reproved but making his neck hard will suddenly be broken, and that without healing.
2 When the righteous become many, the people rejoice; but when anyone wicked bears rule, the people sigh.
3 A man that is loving wisdom makes his father rejoice, but he that is having companionship with prostitutes destroys valuable things.
4 By justice a king makes a land keep standing, but a man out for bribes tears it down.
5 An able-bodied man that is flattering his companion is spreading out a mere net for his steps.
6 In the transgression of a bad man there is a snare, but he that is righteous cries out joyfully and is glad.
7 The righteous one is knowing the legal claim of the lowly ones. He that is wicked does not consider such knowledge.
8 Men of boastful talk inflame a town, but those who are wise turn back anger.
9 A wise man having entered into judgment with a foolish man—he has become excited and has also laughed, and there is no rest.
10 Bloodthirsty men hate anyone blameless; and as for the upright ones, they keep seeking for the soul of each one.
11 All his spirit is what a stupid one lets out, but he that is wise keeps it calm to the last.
12 Where a ruler is paying attention to false speech, all those waiting on him will be wicked.
13 The one of little means and the man of oppressions have met each other; [but] Jehovah is lighting up the eyes of them both.
14 Where a king is judging the lowly ones in trueness, his throne will be firmly established for all time.
15 The rod and reproof are what give wisdom; but a boy let on the loose will be causing his mother shame.
16 When the wicked become many, transgression abounds; but those who are righteous will look on their very downfall.
17 Chastise your son and he will bring you rest and give much pleasure to your soul.
18 Where there is no vision the people go unrestrained, but happy are they that are keeping the law.
19 A servant will not let himself be corrected by mere words, for he understands but he is paying no heed.
20 Have you beheld a man hasty with his words? There is more hope for someone stupid than for him.
21 If one is pampering one’s servant from youth on, in his later life he will even become a thankless one.
22 A man given to anger stirs up contention, and anyone disposed to rage has many a transgression.
23 The very haughtiness of earthling man will humble him, but he that is humble in spirit will take hold of glory.
24 He that is partner with a thief is hating his own soul. An oath involving a curse he may hear, but he reports nothing.
25 Trembling at men is what lays a snare, but he that is trusting in Jehovah will be protected.
26 Many are those seeking the face of a ruler, but the judgment of a man is from Jehovah.
27 A man of injustice is something detestable to the righteous ones, and one who is upright in his way is something detestable to a wicked one.
30 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the weighty message. The utterance of the able-bodied man to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal.
2 For I am more unreasoning than anyone else, and I do not have the understanding of mankind; 3 and I have not learned wisdom; and the knowledge of the Most Holy One I do not know.
4 Who has ascended to heaven that he may descend? Who has gathered the wind in the hollow of both hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in a mantle? Who has made all the ends of the earth to rise? What is his name and what the name of his son, in case you know?
5 Every saying of God is refined. He is a shield to those taking refuge in him. 6 Add nothing to his words, that he may not reprove you, and that you may not have to be proved a liar.
7 Two things I have asked of you. Do not withhold them from me before I die. 8 Untruth and the lying word put far away from me. Give me neither poverty nor riches. Let me devour the food prescribed for me, 9 that I may not become satisfied and I actually deny [you] and say: “Who is Jehovah?” and that I may not come to poverty and I actually steal and assail the name of my God.
10 Do not slander a servant to his master, that he may not call down evil upon you, and that you may not have to be held guilty.
11 There is a generation that calls down evil even upon its father and that does not bless even its mother.
12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes but that has not been washed from its own excrement.
13 There is a generation whose eyes have become O how lofty! and whose beaming eyes are lifted up.
14 There is a generation whose teeth are swords and whose jawbones are slaughtering knives, to eat up the afflicted ones off the earth and the poor ones from among mankind.
15 The leeches have two daughters [that cry]: “Give! Give!” There are three things that do not get satisfied, four that have not said: “Enough!” 16 Sheol and a restrained womb, a land that has not been satisfied with water, and fire that has not said: “Enough!”
17 The eye that holds a father in derision and that despises obedience to a mother—the ravens of the torrent valley will pick it out and the sons of the eagle will eat it up.
18 There are three things that have proved too wonderful for me, and four that I have not come to know: 19 the way of an eagle in the heavens, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship in the heart of the sea and the way of an able-bodied man with a maiden.
20 Here is the way of an adulterous woman: she has eaten and has wiped her mouth and she has said: “I have committed no wrong.”
21 Under three things the earth has been agitated, and under four it is not able to endure: 22 under a slave when he rules as king, and someone senseless when he has his sufficiency of food; 23 under a hated woman when she is taken possession of as a wife, and a maidservant when she dispossesses her mistress.
24 There are four things that are the smallest of the earth, but they are instinctively wise: 25 the ants are a people not strong, and yet in the summer they prepare their food; 26 the rock badgers are a people not mighty, and yet upon a crag is where they put their house; 27 the locusts have no king, and yet they go forth all of them divided into groups; 28 the gecko lizard takes hold with its own hands and it is in the grand palace of a king.
29 There are three that do well in [their] pacing, and four that do well in [their] moving along: 30 the lion, which is the mightiest among the beasts and which does not turn back from before anyone; 31 the greyhound or the he-goat, and a king of a band of soldiers of his own people.
32 If you have acted senselessly by lifting yourself up, and if you have fixed your thought [upon it], [put] the hand to the mouth. 33 For the churning of milk is what brings forth butter, and the squeezing of the nose is what brings forth blood, and the squeezing out of anger is what brings forth quarreling.
31 The words of Lemuel the king, the weighty message that his mother gave to him in correction:
2 What [am I saying], O son of mine, and what, O son of my belly, and what, O son of my vows?
3 Do not give your vital energy to women, nor your ways to [what leads to] wiping out kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine or for high officials [to say:] “Where is intoxicating liquor?” 5 that one may not drink and forget what is decreed and pervert the cause of any of the sons of affliction. 6 Give intoxicating liquor, YOU people, to the one about to perish and wine to those who are bitter of soul. 7 Let one drink and forget one’s poverty, and let one remember one’s own trouble no more.
8 Open your mouth for the speechless one, in the cause of all those passing away. 9 Open your mouth, judge righteously and plead the cause of the afflicted one and the poor one.
10 A capable wife who can find? Her value is far more than that of corals.
11 In her the heart of her owner has put trust, and there is no gain lacking.
12 She has rewarded him with good, and not bad, all the days of her life.
13 She has sought wool and linen, and she works at whatever is the delight of her hands.
14 She has proved to be like the ships of a merchant. From far away she brings in her food.
15 She also gets up while it is still night, and gives food to her household and the prescribed portion to her young women.
16 She has considered a field and proceeded to obtain it; from the fruitage of her hands she has planted a vineyard.
17 She has girded her hips with strength, and she invigorates her arms.
18 She has sensed that her trading is good; her lamp does not go out at night.
19 Her hands she has thrust out to the distaff, and her own hands take hold of the spindle.
20 Her palm she has stretched out to the afflicted one, and her hands she has thrust out to the poor one.
21 She does not fear for her household because of the snow, for all her household are clothed with double garments.
22 Coverlets she has made for herself. Her clothing is of linen and wool dyed reddish purple.
23 Her owner is someone known in the gates, when he sits down with the older men of the land.
24 She has made even undergarments and proceeded to sell [them], and belts she has given to the tradesmen.
25 Strength and splendor are her clothing, and she laughs at a future day.
26 Her mouth she has opened in wisdom, and the law of loving-kindness is upon her tongue.
27 She is watching over the goings-on of her household, and the bread of laziness she does not eat.
28 Her sons have risen up and proceeded to pronounce her happy; her owner [rises up], and he praises her.
29 There are many daughters that have shown capableness, but you—you have ascended above them all.
30 Charm may be false, and prettiness may be vain; [but] the woman that fears Jehovah is the one that procures praise for herself.
31 GIVE her of the fruitage of her hands, and let her works praise her even in the gates.