Today's Reading

Proverbs 28-31

Proverbs Chapter 28
1 - The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2 - For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
3 - A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
4 - They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
5 - Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
6 - Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
7 - Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
8 - He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
9 - He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
10 - Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
11 - The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
12 - When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
13 - He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
14 - Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
15 - As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
16 - The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
17 - A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
18 - Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
19 - He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
20 - A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
21 - To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
22 - He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
23 - He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
24 - Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
25 - He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
26 - He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
27 - He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
28 - When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.

Proverbs Chapter 29
1 - He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
2 - When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
3 - Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth his substance.
4 - The king by judgment establisheth the land: but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it.
5 - A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
6 - In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare: but the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
7 - The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.
8 - Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.
9 - If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.
10 - The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul.
11 - A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
12 - If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.
13 - The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the LORD lighteneth both their eyes.
14 - The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.
15 - The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
16 - When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall.
17 - Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
18 - Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
19 - A servant will not be corrected by words: for though he understand he will not answer.
20 - Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
21 - He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
22 - An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
23 - A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
24 - Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.
25 - The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
26 - Many seek the ruler's favour; but every man's judgment cometh from the LORD.
27 - An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

Proverbs Chapter 30
1 - The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,
2 - Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man.
3 - I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.
4 - Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?
5 - Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 - Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
7 - Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:
8 - Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
9 - Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
10 - Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.
11 - There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.
12 - There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
13 - There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.
14 - There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
15 - The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough:
16 - The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.
17 - The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
18 - There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:
19 - The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.
20 - Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
21 - For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:
22 - For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat;
23 - For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.
24 - There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:
25 - The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;
26 - The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;
27 - The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
28 - The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.
29 - There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going:
30 - A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;
31 - A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.
32 - If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth.
33 - Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.

Proverbs Chapter 31
1 - The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
2 - What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
3 - Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4 - It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
5 - Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
6 - Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
7 - Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8 - Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9 - Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
10 - Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 - The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 - She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 - She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 - She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 - She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 - She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 - She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 - She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 - She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 - She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 - She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 - She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 - Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 - She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 - Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 - She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 - She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 - Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 - Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 - Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 - Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.