Proverbs 13 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 13

1 A wise son will obey the instruction of his father: but a scorner will hear no rebuke.

2 A man shall eat good things by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the trespassers shall suffer violence.

3 He that keepeth his mouth, keepeth his life: but he that openeth his lips, destruction shall be to him.

4 The sluggard lusteth, but his soul hath nought: but the soul of the diligent shall have plenty.

5 A righteous man hateth lying words: but the wicked causeth slander and shame.

6 Righteousness preserveth the upright of life: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

7 There is that maketh himself rich, and hath nothing, and that maketh himself poor, having great riches.

8 A man will give his riches for the ransom of his life: but the poor cannot hear ye reproach.

9 The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

10 Only by pride doeth man make contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

11 The riches of vanity shall diminish: but he that gathereth with the hand, shall increase them.

12 The hope that is deferred, is the fainting of the heart: but when the desire cometh, it is as a tree of life.

13 He that despiseth the word, he shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment he shall be rewarded.

14 The instruction of a wise man is as the wellspring of life, to turn away from the snares of death.

15 Good understanding maketh acceptable: but the way of the disobedient is hated.

16 Every wise man will work by knowledge: but a fool will spread abroad folly.

17 A wicked messenger falleth into evil: but a faithful ambassador is preservation.

18 Poverty and shame is to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth correction, shall be honored.

19 A desire accomplished delighteth ye soul: but it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

20 He that walketh with the wise, shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be afflicted.

21 Affliction followeth sinners: but unto the righteous God will recompense good.

22 The good man shall give inheritance unto his children’s children: and the riches of the sinner is laid up for the just.

23 Much food is in the field of the poor: but the field is destroyed without discretion.

24 He that spareth his rod, hateth his son: but he that loveth him, chasteneth him betimes.

25 The righteous eateth to the contentation of his mind: but the belly of the wicked shall want.



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Proverbs 12 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 12

1 He that loveth instruction, loveth knowledge: but he that hateth correction, is a fool.

2 A good man getteth favor of the Lord: but the man of wicked imaginations will he condemn.

3 A man cannot be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.

4 A virtuous woman is the crown of her husband: but she that maketh him ashamed, is as corruption in his bones.

5 The thoughts of the just are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.

6 The talking of the wicked is to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the righteous will deliver them.

7 God overthroweth the wicked, and they are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

8 A man shall be commended for his wisdom: but the froward of heart shall be despised.

9 He that is despised, and is his own servant, is better than he that boasteth himself and lacketh bread.

10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the mercies of the wicked are cruel.

11 He that tilleth his land, shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth the idle, is destitute of understanding.

12 The wicked desireth the net of evils: but the root of the righteous giveth fruit.

13 The evil man is snared by the wickedness of his lips, but the just shall come out of adversity.

14 A man shall be satiate with good things by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man’s hands shall God give unto him.

15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that heareth counsel, is wise.

16 A fool in a day shall be known by his anger: but he that covereth shame, is wise.

17 He that speaketh truth, will shew righteousness: but a false witness useth deceit.

18 There is that speaketh words like the prickings of a sword: but the tongue of wise men is health.

19 The lip of truth shall be stable forever: but a lying tongue varieth incontinently.

20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace shall be joy.

21 There shall none iniquity come to the just: but the wicked are full of evil.

22 The lying lips are an abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.

23 A wise man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of the fools publisheth foolishness.

24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the idle shall be under tribute.

25 Heaviness in the heart of man doeth bring it down: but a good word rejoiceth it.

26 The righteous is more excellent than his neighbor: but the way of the wicked will deceive them.

27 The deceitful man roasteth not, that he took in hunting: but the riches of the diligent man are precious.

28 Life is in the way of righteousness, and in that pathway there is no death.




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Proverbs 10 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 10

1 THE PARABLE OF SOLOMON. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is an heaviness to his mother.

2 The treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.

3 The Lord will not famish the soul of the righteous: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

4 A slothful hand maketh poor: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

5 He that gathereth in summer, is the son of wisdom: but he that sleepeth in harvest, is the son of confusion.

6 Blessings are upon the head of the righteous: but iniquity shall cover the mouth of the wicked.

7 The memorial of the just shall be blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but the foolish in talk shall be beaten.

9 He that walketh uprightly, walketh boldly: but he that perverteth his ways, shall be known.

10 He that winketh with the eye, worketh sorrow, and he yet is foolish in talk, shall be beaten.

11 The mouth of a righteous man is a wellspring of life: but iniquity covereth the mouth of the wicked.

12 Hatred stirreth up contentions: but love covereth all trespasses.

13 In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found, and a rod shall be for the back of him that is destitute of wisdom.

14 Wise men lay up knowledge: but ye mouth of the fool is a present destruction.

15 The rich man’s goods are his strong city: but the fear of the needy is their poverty.

16 The labor of the righteous tendeth to life: but the revenues of the wicked to sin.

17 He that regardeth instruction, is in the way of life: but he that refuseth correction, goeth out of the way.

18 He that dissembleth hatred with lying lips, and he that inventeth slander, is a fool.

19 In many words there cannot want iniquity: but he that refraineth his lips, is wise.

20 The tongue of the just man is as fined silver: but the heart of the wicked is little worth.

21 The lips of the righteous do feed many: but fools shall die for want of wisdom.

22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he doeth add no sorrows with it.

23 It is as a pastime to a fool to do wickedly: but wisdom is understanding to a man.

24 That which the wicked feareth, shall come upon him: but God will grant the desire of the righteous.

25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is as an everlasting foundation.

26 As vinegar is to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the slothful to them that send him.

27 The fear of the Lord increaseth the days: but the years of the wicked shall be diminished.

28 The patient abiding of the righteous shall be gladness: but the hope of the wicked shall perish.

29 The way of the Lord is strength to the upright man: but fear shall be for the workers of iniquity.

30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not dwell in the land.

31 The mouth of the just shall be fruitful in wisdom: but the tongue of the froward shall be cut out.

32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh froward things.



Proverbs 9 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 9

1 Wisdom hath built her house, and hewn out her seven pillars.

2 She hath killed her vitailles, drawn her wine, and prepared her table.

3 She hath sent forth her maidens and crieth upon the highest places of the city, saying,

4 Who so is simple, let him come hither, and to him that is destitute of wisdom, she saith,

5 Come, and eat of my meat, and drink of the wine that I have drawn.

6 Forsake your way, ye foolish, and ye shall live: and walk in the way of understanding.

7 He that reproveth a scorner, purchaseth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh the wicked, getteth himself a blot.

8 Rebuke not a scorner, lest he hate thee: but rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

9 Give admonition to the wise, and he will be the wiser: teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

10 The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and the knowledge of holy things, is understanding.

11 For thy days shall be multiplied by me, and the years of thy life shall be augmented.

12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself, and if thou be a scorner, thou alone shalt suffer.

13 A foolish woman is troublesome: she is ignorant, and knoweth nothing.

14 But she sitteth at the door of her house on a seat in the high places of the city,

15 To call them that pass by the way, that go right on their way, saying,

16 Who so is simple, let him come hither, and to him that is destitute of wisdom, she saith also,

17 Stolen waters are sweet, and hid bread is pleasant.

18 But he knoweth not, that ye dead are there, and that her guests are in the depth of hell.



Proverbs 8 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 8

1 Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding utter her voice?

2 She standeth in the top of the high places by the way in the place of the paths.

3 She crieth besides the gates before the city at the entry of the doors,

4 O men, I call unto you, and utter my voice to the children of men.

5 O ye foolish men, understand wisdom, and ye, O fools, be wise in heart.

6 Give ear, for I will speak of excellent things, and the opening of my lips, shall teach things that be right.

7 For my mouth shall speak the truth, and my lips abhor wickedness.

8 All the words of my mouth are righteous: there is no lewdness, nor frowardness in them.

9 They are all plain to him that will understand, and straight to them that would find knowledge.

10 Receive mine instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than fine gold.

11 For wisdom is better than precious stones: and all pleasures are not to be compared unto her.

12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and I find forth knowledge and counsels.

13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil as pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way: and a mouth that speaketh lewd things, I do hate.

14 I have counsel and wisdom: I am understanding, and I have strength.

15 By me, Kings reign, and princes decree justice.

16 By me princes rule and the nobles, and all the judges of the earth.

17 I love them that love me: and they that seek me early, shall find me.

18 Riches and honor are with me: even durable riches and righteousness.

19 My fruit is better than gold, even than fine gold, and my revenues better than fine silver.

20 I cause to walk in the way of righteousness, and in the midst of the paths of judgment,

21 That I may cause them that love me, to inherit substance, and I will fill their treasures.

22 The Lord hath possessed me in the beginning of his way: I was before his works of old.

23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning and before the earth.

24 When there were no depths, was I begotten, when there were no fountains abounding with water.

25 Before the mountains were settled: and before the hills, was I begotten.

26 He had not yet made the earth, nor the open places, nor the height of the dust in the world.

27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there, when he set the compass upon the deep.

28 When he established the clouds above, when he confirmed the fountains of the deep,

29 When he gave his decree to the Sea, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth,

30 Then was I with him as a nourisher, and I was daily his delight rejoicing alway before him,

31 And took my solace in the compass of his earth: and my delight is with the children of men.

32 Therefore now hearken, O children, unto me: for blessed are they that keep my ways.

33 Hear instruction, and be ye wise, and refuse it not: blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, and giving attendance at the posts of my doors.

34 For he that findeth me, findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord.

35 But he that sinneth against me, hurteth his own soul: and all that hate me, love death.




Proverbs 7 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 7

1 My son, keep my words, and hide my commandments with thee.

2 Keep my commandments, and thou shalt live, and mine instruction as the apple of thine eyes.

3 Bind them upon thy fingers, and write them upon the table of thine heart.

4 Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister: and call understanding thy kinswoman,

5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger that is smooth in her words.

6 As I was in the window of mine house, I looked through my window,

7 And I saw among the fools, and considered among the children a young man destitute of understanding,

8 Who passed through the street by her corner, and went toward her house,

9 In the twilight in the evening, when the night began to be black and dark.

10 And behold, there met him a woman with an harlot’s behavior, and subtil in heart.

11 (She is babbling and loud: whose feet cannot abide in her house.

12 Now she is without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner)

13 So she caught him and kissed him and with an impudent face said unto him,

14 I have peace offerings: this day have I paid my vows.

15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, that I might seek thy face: and I have found thee.

16 I have decked my bed with ornaments, carpets and laces of Egypt.

17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us take our pleasure in dalliance.

19 For mine husband is not at home: he is gone a journey far off.

20 He hath taken with him a bag of silver, and will come home at the day appointed.

21 Thus with her great craft she caused him to yield, and with her flattering lips she enticed him.

22 And he followed her straightway, as an ox that goeth to the slaughter, and as a fool to the stocks for correction,

23 Till a dart strike through his liver, as a bird hasteth to the snare, not knowing that he is in danger.

24 Hear me now therefore, O children, and hearken to the words of my mouth.

25 Let not thine heart decline to her ways: wander thou not in her paths.

26 For she hath caused many to fall down wounded, and the strong men are all slain by her.

27 Her house is the way unto ye grave, which goeth down to the chambers of death.



Proverbs 6 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 6

1 My son, if thou be surety for thy neighbor, and hast stricken hands with the stranger,

2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth: thou art even taken with the words of thine own mouth.

3 Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself: seeing thou art come into the hand of thy neighbor, go, and humble thyself, and solicit thy friends.

4 Give no sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

5 Deliver thyself as a doe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

6 Go to the pismire, O sluggard: behold her ways, and be wise.

7 For she having no guide, governor, nor ruler,

8 Prepareth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in harvest.

9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?

10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep.

11 Therefore thy poverty cometh as one that travaileth by the way, and thy necessity like an armed man.

12 The unthrifty man and the wicked man walketh with a froward mouth.

13 He maketh a sign with his eyes: he signifieth with his feet: he instructeth with his fingers.

14 Lewd things are in his heart: he imagineth evil at all times, and raiseth up contentions.

15 Therefore shall his destruction come speedily: he shall be destroyed suddenly without recovery.

16 These six things doeth the Lord hate: yea, his soul abhorreth seven:

17 The haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and the hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that imagineth wicked enterprises, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and him that raiseth up contentions among brethren.

20 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not thy mother’s instruction.

21 Bind them alway upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.

22 It shall lead thee, when thou walkest: it shall watch for thee, when thou sleepest, and when thou wakest, it shall talk with thee.

23 For the commandment is a lantern, and instruction a light: and corrections for instruction are the way of life,

24 To keep thee from the wicked woman, and from ye flattery of ye tongue of a strange woman.

25 Desire not her beauty in thine heart, neither let her take thee with her eye lids.

26 For because of the whorish woman a man is brought to a morsel of bread, and a woman will hunt for the precious life of a man.

27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burnt?

28 Or can a man go upon coals, and his feet not be burnt?

29 So he that goeth in to his neighbor’s wife, shall not be innocent, whosoever toucheth her.

30 Men do not despise a thief, when he stealeth, to satisfy his soul, because he is hungry.

31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold, or he shall give all the substance of his house.

32 But he that commiteth adultery with a woman, he is destitute of understanding: he that doeth it, destroyeth his own soul.

33 He shall find a wound and dishonor, and his reproach shall never be put away.

34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.

35 He cannot bear the sight of any ransom: neither will he consent, though thou augment the gifts.



Proverbs 5 (Geneva Bible)

Proverbs 5

1 My son, hearken unto my wisdom, and incline thine ear unto my knowledge.

2 That thou mayest regard counsel, and thy lips observe knowledge.

3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is more soft than oil.

4 But the end of her is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword.

5 Her feet go down to death, and her steps take hold on hell.

6 She weigheth not the way of life: her paths are moveable: thou canst not know them.

7 Hear ye me now therefore, O children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

8 Keep thy way far from her, and come not near the door of her house,

9 Lest thou give thine honor unto others, and thy years to the cruel:

10 Lest the stranger should be filled with thy strength, and thy labors be in the house of a stranger,

11 And thou mourn at thine end, (when thou hast consumed thy flesh and thy body)

12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and mine heart despised correction!

13 And have not obeyed the voice of them that taught me, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!

14 I was almost brought into all evil in ye midst of the Congregation and assembly.

15 Drink the water of thy cistern, and of the rivers out of the midst of thine own well.

16 Let thy fountains flow forth, and the rivers of waters in the streets.

17 But let them be thine, even thine only, and not the strangers with thee.

18 Let thy fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.

19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe: let her breasts satisfy thee at all times, and delight in her love continually.

20 For why shouldest thou delight, my son, in a strange woman, or embrace the bosom of a stranger?

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his paths.

22 His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his own sin.

23 He shall die for fault of instruction, and shall go astray through his great folly.



Proverbs 4 (Geneva Bible)

Proverbs 4

1 Hear, O ye children, the instruction of a father, and give ear to learn understanding.

2 For I do give you a good doctrine: therefore forsake ye not my law.

3 For I was my father’s son, tender and dear in the sight of my mother,

4 When he taught me, and said unto me, Let thine heart hold fast my words: keep my commandments, and thou shalt live.

5 Get wisdom: get understanding: forget not, neither decline from the words of my mouth.

6 Forsake her not, and she shall keep thee: love her and she shall preserve thee.

7 Wisdom is the beginning: get wisdom therefore: and above all thy possession get understanding.

8 Exalt her, and she shall exalt thee: she shall bring thee to honor, if thou embrace her.

9 She shall give a comely ornament unto thine head, yea, she shall give thee a crown of glory.

10 Hear, my son, and receive my words, and the years of thy life shall be many.

11 I have taught thee in ye way of wisdom, and led thee in the paths of righteousness.

12 When thou goest, thy gate shall not be strait, and when thou runnest, thou shalt not fall.

13 Take hold of instruction, and leave not: keep her, for she is thy life.

14 Enter not into the way of the wicked, and walk not in the way of evil men.

15 Avoid it, and go not by it: turn from it, and pass by.

16 For they cannot sleep, except they have done evil, and their sleep departeth except they cause some to fall.

17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

18 But the way of the righteous shineth as the light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

19 The way of the wicked is as the darkness: they know not wherein they shall fall.

20 My son, hearken unto my words, incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes, but keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health unto all their flesh.

23 Keep thine heart with all diligence: for there out cometh life.

24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and put wicked lips far from thee.

25 Let thine eyes behold the right, and let thine eyelids direct thy way before thee.

26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be ordered aright.

27 Turn not to the right hand, nor to the left, but remove thy foot from evil.



Proverbs 3 (Geneva Bible)

Proverbs 3

1 My son, forget not thou my Law, but let thine heart keep my commandments.

2 For they shall increase the length of thy days and the years of life, and thy prosperity.

3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them on thy neck, and write them upon the table of thine heart.

4 So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own wisdom.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy ways.

7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: but fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

8 So health shall be unto thy navel, and marrow unto thy bones.

9 Honor the Lord with thy riches, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.

10 So shall thy barns be filled with abundance, and thy presses shall burst with new wine.

11 My son, refuse not the chastening of the Lord, neither be grieved with his correction.

12 For the Lord correcteth him, whom he loveth, even as the father doeth the child in whom he delighteth.

13 Blessed is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

14 For the merchandise thereof is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof is better than gold.

15 It is more precious than pearls: and all things that thou canst desire, are not to be compared unto her.

16 Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand riches and glory.

17 Her ways are ways of pleasure, and all her paths prosperity.

18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her, and blessed is he that retaineth her.

19 The Lord by wisdom hath laid the foundation of the earth, and hath established the heavens through understanding.

20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

21 My son, let not these things depart from thine eyes, but observe wisdom, and counsel.

22 So they shall be life to thy soul, and grace unto thy neck.

23 Then shalt thou walk safely by thy way: and thy foot shall not stumble.

24 If thou sleepest, thou shalt not be afraid, and when thou sleepest, thy sleep shall be sweet.

25 Thou shalt not fear for any sudden fear, neither for the destruction of the wicked, when it cometh.

26 For the Lord shall be for thine assurance, and shall preserve thy foot from taking.

27 Withhold not the good from the owners thereof, though there be power in thine hand to do it.

28 Say not unto thy neighbor, Go and come again, and tomorrow will I give thee, if thou now have it.

29 Intend none hurt against thy neighbor, seeing he doeth dwell without fear by thee.

30 Strive not with a man causeless, when he hath done thee no harm.

31 Be not envious for the wicked man, neither choose any of his ways.

32 For the froward is abomination unto the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous.

33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the righteous.

34 With the scornful he scorneth, but he giveth grace unto the humble.

35 The wise shall inherit glory: but fools dishonor, though they be exalted.