Proverbs 21 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 21

1 The King’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of waters: he turneth it whithersoever it pleaseth him.

2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.

3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

4 A haughty look, and a proud heart, which is the light of the wicked, is sin.

5 The thoughts of the diligent do surely bring abundance: but whosoever is hasty, cometh surely to poverty.

6 The gathering of treasures by a deceitful tongue is vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them: for they have refused to execute judgment.

8 The way of some is perverted and strange: but of the pure man, his work is right.

9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the house top, than with a contentious woman in a wide house.

10 The soul of the wicked wisheth evil: and his neighbor hath no favor in his eyes.

11 When the scorner is punished, the foolish is wise: and when one instructeth the wise, he will receive knowledge.

12 The righteous teacheth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their evil.

13 He that stoppeth his ear at the crying of the poor, he shall also cry and not be heard.

14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger, and a gift in the bosom great wrath.

15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

16 A man that wandereth out of the way of wisdom, shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

17 He that loveth pastime, shall be a poor man: and he that loveth wine and oil, shall not be rich.

18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the just, and the transgressor for the righteous.

19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman.

20 In the house of the wise is a pleasant treasure and oil: but a foolish man devoureth it.

21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy, shall find life, righteousness, and glory.

22 A wise man goeth up into the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

23 He that keepeth his mouth and his tongue, keepeth his soul from afflictions.

24 Proud, haughty and scornful is his name that worketh in his arrogancy wrath.

25 The desire of the slothful slayeth him: for his hands refuse to work.

26 He coveteth evermore greedily, but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: how much more when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

28 A false witness shall perish: but he that heareth, speaketh continually.

29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but the just, he will direct his way.

30 There is no wisdom, neither understanding, nor counsel against the Lord.

31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but salvation is of the Lord.




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Proverbs 20 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 20

1 Wine is a mocker and strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby, is not wise.

2 The fear of the King is like the roaring of a lion: he that provoketh him unto anger, sinneth against his own soul.

3 It is a man’s honor to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

4 The slothful will not plow, because of winter: therefore shall he beg in summer, but have nothing.

5 The counsel in the heart of man is like deep waters: but a man that hath understanding, will draw it out.

6 Many men will boast, every one of his own goodness: but who can find a faithful man?

7 He that walketh in his integrity, is just: and blessed shall his children be after him.

8 A King that sitteth in the throne of judgment, chaseth away all evil with his eyes.

9 Who can say, I have made mine heart clean, I am clean from my sin?

10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both these are even abomination unto the Lord.

11 A child also is known by his doings, whether his work be pure and right.

12 The Lord hath made both these, even the ear to hear, and the eye to see.

13 Love not sleep lest thou come unto poverty: open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone apart, he boasteth.

15 There is gold, and a multitude of precious stones: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

16 Take his garment, that is surety for a stranger, and a pledge of him for the stranger.

17 The bread of deceit is sweet to a man: but afterward his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

18 Establish the thoughts by counsel: and by counsel make war.

19 He that goeth about as a slanderer, discovereth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

20 He that curseth his father or his mother, his light shall be put out in obscure darkness.

21 An heritage is hastily gotten at the beginning, but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil: but wait upon the Lord, and he shall save thee.

23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord, and deceitful balances are not good.

24 The steps of man are ruled by the Lord: how can a man then understand his own way?

25 It is a destruction for a man to devour that which is sanctified, and after the vows to inquire.

26 A wise King scattereth the wicked, and causeth the wheel to turn over them.

27 The light of the Lord is the breath of man, and searcheth all the bowels of the belly.

28 Mercy and truth preserve the King: for his throne shall be established with mercy.

29 The beauty of young men is their strength, and the glory of the aged is the gray head.

30 The blueness of the wound serveth to purge the evil, and the stripes within the bowels of the belly.




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Proverbs 19 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 19

1 Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that abuseth his lips, and is a fool.

2 For without knowledge the mind is not good, and he that hasteth with his feet, sinneth.

3 The foolishness of a man perverteth his way, and his heart fretteth against the Lord.

4 Riches gather many friends: but the poor is separated from his neighbor.

5 A false witness shall not be unpunished: and he that speaketh lies, shall not escape.

6 Many reverence the face of the prince, and every man is friend to him that giveth gifts.

7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more will his friends depart far from him? though he be instant with words, yet they will not.

8 He that possesseth understanding, loveth his own soul, and keepeth wisdom to find goodness.

9 A false witness shall not be unpunished: and he that speaketh lies, shall perish.

10 Pleasure is not comely for a fool, much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

11 The discretion of man deferreth his anger: and his glory is to pass by an offence.

12 The King’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion: but his favor is like the dew upon ye grass.

13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father, and the contentions of a wife are like a continual dropping.

14 House and riches are the inheritance of the fathers: but a prudent wife cometh of the Lord.

15 Slothfulness causeth to fall asleep, and a deceitful person shall be affamished.

16 He that keepeth the commandment, keepeth his own soul: but he that despiseth his ways, shall die.

17 He that hath mercy upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord: and the Lord will recompense him that which he hath given.

18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his murmuring.

19 A man of much anger shall suffer punishment: and though thou deliver him, yet will his anger come again.

20 Hear counsel and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

21 Many devices are in a man’s heart: but the counsel of the Lord shall stand.

22 That which is to be desired of a man, is his goodness, and a poor man is better than a liar.

23 The fear of the Lord leadeth to life: and he that is filled therewith, shall continue, and shall not be visited with evil.

24 The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not put it to his mouth again.

25 Smite a scorner, and the foolish will beware: and reprove the prudent, and he will understand knowledge.

26 He that destroyeth his father, or chaseth away his mother, is a lewd and shameful child.

27 My son, hear no more the instruction, that causeth to err from ye words of knowledge.

28 A wicked witness mocketh at judgment, and the mouth of ye wicked swalloweth up iniquity.

29 But judgments are prepared for the scorners, and stripes for the back of the fools.




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Proverbs 18 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 18

1 For the desire thereof he will separate himself to seek it, and occupy himself in all wisdom.

2 A fool hath no delight in understanding: but that his heart may be discovered.

3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh contempt, and with the vile man reproach.

4 The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom is like a flowing river.

5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to cause ye righteous to fall in judgment.

6 A fool’s lips come with strife, and his mouth calleth for stripes.

7 A fool’s mouth is his own destruction, and his lips are a snare for his soul.

8 The words of a tale bearer are as flatterings, and they go down into the bowels of the belly.

9 He also that is slothful in his work, is even the brother of him that is a great waster.

10 The Name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth unto it, and is exalted.

11 The rich man’s riches are his strong city: and as an high wall in his imagination.

12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before glory goeth lowliness.

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

14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity: but a wounded spirit who can bear it?

15 A wise heart getteth knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeketh learning.

16 A man’s gift enlargeth him, and leadeth him before great men.

17 He that is first in his own cause, is just: then cometh his neighbor, and maketh inquiry of him.

18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and maketh a partition among the mighty.

19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and their contentions are like the bar of a palace.

20 With the fruit of a man’s mouth shall his belly be satisfied, and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

21 Death and life are in the power of ye tongue, and they that love it, shall eat the fruit thereof.

22 He that findeth a wife, findeth a good thing, and receiveth favor of the Lord.

23 The poor speaketh with prayers: but the rich answereth roughly.

24 A man that hath friends, ought to shew himself friendly: for a friend is nearer than a brother.



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Proverbs 17 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 17

1 Better is a dry morsel, if peace be with it, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

2 A discrete servant shall have rule over a lewd son, and he shall divide the heritage among the brethren.

3 As is the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold, so the Lord trieth the hearts.

4 The wicked giveth heed to false lips, and a liar hearkeneth to the naughty tongue.

5 He that mocketh the poor, reproacheth him, that made him: and he that rejoiceth at destruction, shall not be unpunished.

6 Children’s children are the crown of the elders: and the glory of ye children are their fathers.

7 High talk becometh not a fool, much less a lying talk a prince.

8 A reward is as a stone pleasant in the eyes of them that have it: it prospereth, whithersoever it turneth.

9 He that covereth a transgression, seeketh love: but he that repeateth a matter, separateth the prince.

10 A reproof entereth more into him that hath understanding, than an hundred stripes into a fool.

11 A seditious person seeketh only evil, and a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

12 It is better for a man to meet a bear robbed of her whelps, than a fool in his folly.

13 He that rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

14 The beginning of strife is as one that openeth the waters: therefore or the contention be meddled with, leave off.

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

16 Wherefore is there a price in the hand of the fool to get wisdom, and he hath none heart?

17 A friend loveth at all times: and a brother is born for adversity.

18 A man destitute of understanding, toucheth the hand, and becometh surety for his neighbor.

19 He loveth transgression, that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate, seeketh destruction.

20 The froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a naughty tongue, shall fall into evil.

21 He that begetteth a fool, getteth himself sorrow, and the father of a fool can have no joy.

22 A joyful heart causeth good health: but a sorrowful mind drieth the bones.

23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to wrest the ways of judgment.

24 Wisdom is in the face of him that hath understanding: but the eyes of a fool are in the corners of the world.

25 A foolish son is a grief unto his father, and a heaviness to her that bare him.

26 Surely it is not good to condemn the just, nor that ye princes should smite such for equity.

27 He that hath knowledge, spareth his words, and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

28 Even a fool (when he holdeth his peace) is counted wise, and he that stoppeth his lips, prudent.



Proverbs 16 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 16

1 The preparations of the heart are in man: but the answer of the tongue is of the Lord.

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the spirits.

3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be directed.

4 The Lord hath made all things for his own sake: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

5 All that are proud in heart, are an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

6 By mercy and truth iniquity shall be forgiven, and by the fear of the Lord they depart from evil.

7 When the ways of a man please the Lord, he will make also his enemies at peace with him.

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

9 The heart of man purposeth his way: but the Lord doeth direct his steps.

10 A divine sentence shall be in the lips of the King: his mouth shall not transgress in judgment.

11 A true weight and balance are of the Lord: all the weights of the bag are his work.

12 It is an abomination to Kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by justice.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of Kings, and the King loveth him that speaketh right things.

14 The wrath of a King is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

15 In the light of the King’s countenance is life: and his favor is as a cloud of the latter rain.

16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold? and to get understanding, is more to be desired than silver.

17 The path of the righteous is to decline from evil, and he keepeth his soul, that keepeth his way.

18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an high mind before the fall.

19 Better it is to be of humble mind with the lowly, than to divide the spoils with the proud.

20 He that is wise in his business, shall find good: and he that trusteth in the Lord, he is blessed.

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips shall increase doctrine.

22 Understanding is wellspring of life unto them that have it: and the instruction of fools is folly.

23 The heart of the wise guideth his mouth wisely, and addeth doctrine to his lips.

24 Fair words are as an honeycomb, sweetness to the soul, and health to the bones.

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto man: but the issue thereof are the ways of death.

26 The person that travaileth, travaileth for himself: for his mouth craveth it of him.

27 A wicked man diggeth up evil, and in his lips is like burning fire.

28 A froward person soweth strife: and a taleteller maketh division among princes.

29 A wicked man deceiveth his neighbor, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

30 He shutteth his eyes to devise wickedness: he moveth his lips, and bringeth evil to pass.

31 Age is a crown of glory, when it is found in the way of righteousness.

32 He that is slow unto anger, is better than the mighty man: and he that ruleth his own mind, is better than he that winneth a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap: but the whole disposition thereof is of the Lord.




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Proverbs 14 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 14

1 A wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish destroyeth it with her own hands.

2 He that walketh in his righteousness, feareth the Lord: but he that is lewd in his ways, despiseth him.

3 In the mouth of the foolish is the rod of pride: but the lips of the wise preserve them.

4 Where none oxen are, there the crib is empty: but much increase cometh by the strength of the ox.

5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false record will speak lies.

6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy to him that will understand.

7 Depart from the foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.

8 The wisdom of ye prudent is to understand his way: but the foolishness of the fools is deceit.

9 The fool maketh a mock of sin: but among the righteous there is favor.

10 The heart knoweth the bitterness of his soul, and the stranger shall not meddle with his joy.

11 The house of the wicked shall be destroyed: but the tabernacle of the righteous shall flourish.

12 There is a way that seemeth right to a man: but the issues thereof are the ways of death.

13 Even in laughing the heart is sorrowful, and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

14 The heart that declineth, shall be satiate with his own ways: but a good man shall depart from him.

15 The foolish will believe everything: but the prudent will consider his steps.

16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but a fool rageth, and is careless.

17 He that is hasty to anger, commiteth folly, and a busybody is hated.

18 The foolish do inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19 The evil shall bow before the good, and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbor: but the friends of the rich are many.

21 The sinner despiseth his neighbor: but he that hath mercy on the poor, is blessed.

22 Do not they err that imagine evil? but to them that think on good things, shall be mercy and truth.

23 In all labor there is abundance: but the talk of the lips bringeth only want.

24 The crown of the wise is their riches, and the folly of fools is foolishness.

25 A faithful witness delivereth souls: but a deceiver speaketh lies.

26 In the fear of the Lord is an assured strength, and his children shall have hope.

27 The fear of the Lord is as a wellspring of life, to avoid the snares of death.

28 In the multitude of the people is the honor of a King, and for the want of people cometh the destruction of the Prince.

29 He that is slow to wrath, is of great wisdom: but he that is of an hasty mind, exalteth folly.

30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy is the rotting of the bones.

31 He that oppresseth the poor, reproveth him that made him: but he honoreth him, that hath mercy on the poor.

32 The wicked shall be cast away for his malice: but the righteous hath hope in his death.

33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding, and is known in the midst of fools.

34 Justice exalteth a nation, but sin is a shame to the people.

35 The pleasure of a King is in a wise servant: but his wrath shall be toward him that is lewd.



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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.