Proverbs 18 01-24 ABV – Friendship
He who separates himself seeks his own desire, he quarrels against all sound wisdom.
A fool does not delight in understanding, yet only to show off his own opinions.
When a wicked man comes, contempt also comes, and with dishonor, shame comes.
The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.
It is bad to show partiality to the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
A fool’s lips bring strife, and his mouth calls for blows.
A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
The words of a whisperer are like wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the body.
He also who is lazy in his work is brother to him who destroys.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.
A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his own imagination.
Before destruction the heart of man is proud, yet humility goes before honor.
He who gives an answer before he listens, it is foolishness and shame to him.
The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, yet as for a broken spirit who can bear?
The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.
The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him.
Casting the lot ends quarrels and decides between the mighty.
A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle.
From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; he will be satisfied with the product of his lips.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
The poor man utters earnest prayers, yet the rich man answers roughly.
A man of too many friends comes to ruin, yet there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 17 01-28 ABV – Quietness
Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it than a house full of feasting with strife.
A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully, and will share in the inheritance among brothers.
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, yet the Lord tests hearts.
An evildoer listens to wicked lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
He who mocks the poor defy his Maker; he who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of sons is their fathers.
Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, much less are lying lips to a prince.
A bribe is a charm in the sight of its owner; wherever he turns, he prospers.
He who conceals a transgression seeks love, yet he who repeats a matter separates friends.
A rebuke goes deeper into one who has understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.
An evil man seeks only rebellion, so a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his foolishness.
He who returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.
The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, both are an abomination to the Lord.
Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom, when he has no sense?
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
A man lacking sense pledges and becomes guarantor in the presence of his neighbor.
He who loves transgression loves strife; he who builds his gate too high seeks destruction.
He who has a crooked mind finds no good, and he who has a perverse tongue falls into trouble.
He who bring up a fool does so to his sorrow, and the father of a fool has no joy.
A joyful heart is good medicine, yet a broken spirit dries up the bones.
A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom to pervert the ways of justice.
Wisdom is in the presence of the one who has understanding, yet the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.
It is also not good to condemn the righteous, nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a quiet spirit is a man of understanding.
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
Proverbs 16 01-33 ABV – Lordship
The plans of the heart belong to man, yet the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes, yet the Lord weighs the motives.
Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.
The Lord has made all for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; assuredly, he will be punished.
By kindness and truth iniquity is purged, and by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil.
When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Better is a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.
The heart of man plans his way, yet the Lord directs his steps.
A divine decision is on the lips of the king; his mouth should not err in judgment.
A just balance and scales belong to the Lord; all the weights of the bag are His concern.
It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, for a throne is established on righteousness.
Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him that speaks right.
The fury of a king is like messengers of death, yet a wise man will appease it.
When a king’s face lights up, there is life, and his favor is like a cloud with the spring rain.
How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver!
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he who watches his way preserves his life.
Pride goes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.
It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.
He who gives attention to the word will find good, and he who trusts in the Lord is happy.
The wise in heart will be called skillful, and sweetness of the lips increases learning.
Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it, yet the discipline of fools is silliness.
The heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds learning to his lips.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.
There is a way which seems right to a man, yet its end is the way of death.
A worker’s appetite works for him, for his hunger urges him.
A worthless man digs up evil, while his words are like burnning fire.
A perverse man spreads strife, and a slanderer separates friends.
A man of violence entices his neighbor and leads him in a way that is not good.
He who winks his eyes does so to devise perverse things; he who compresses his lips brings evil to pass.
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is found in the way of righteousness.
Slow to anger is better than the mighty, and controlling one’s temper, than capturing a city.
The lot is cast into the lap, yet its every decision is from the Lord.