Imatges de pÓgina

ing; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

A fool's voice is known by multitude of words, for in many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

Wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgement.


Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure and trouble therewith.

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.

Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without right.

Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance; but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well-advised is wisdom.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgement cometh from the Lord.

Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.

Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient


Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

As a madman, who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death; so is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, a rod for the fool's back.


He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death. Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts. The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

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Casting down his countenance, and making as if he heard not: where he is not known, he will do thee a mischief before thou be aware.

And if for want of power he be hindered from sinning, yet when he findeth opportunity he will do evil.

All flesh consorteth according to kind, and a man will cleave to his like.

What fellowship hath the wolf with the lamb? so the sinner with the godly.

Learning is unto a wise man as an ornament of gold, and like a bracelet upon his right arm.


Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that is hoardup, what profit is in them both?

Children and the building of a city continue a man's name: but a blameless wife is counted above them both.

The father awaketh for the daughter, when no man knoweth; and the care for her taketh away sleep when she is young, lest she pass away the flower of her age; and being married, lest she should be hated.


A tale out of season is as music in mourning; but stripes and correction of wisdom are never out of time.

Bountifulness is a most fruitful garden, and mercifulness endureth for ever.

To labour, and to be content with that a man

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