Contrast the Upright
and the Wicked
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered
When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
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the Upright and the Wicked
1 Better is a dry morsel and quietness with
Than a house full of feasting with strife.
2 A servant who acts wisely will rule over a
son who acts shamefully,
And will share in the inheritance among
3 The refining pot is for silver and the
furnace for gold,
But the LORD tests hearts.
4 An evildoer listens to wicked lips;
A liar pays attention to a destructive
5 He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker;
He who rejoices at calamity will not go
6 Grandchildren are the crown of old men,
And the glory of sons is their fathers.
7 Excellent speech is not fitting for a
Much less are lying lips to a prince.
8 A bribe is a charm in the sight of its
Wherever he turns, he prospers.
9 He who conceals a transgression seeks
But he who repeats a matter separates
10 A rebuke goes deeper into one who has
Than a hundred blows into a fool.
11 A rebellious man seeks only evil,
So a cruel messenger will be sent against
12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs,
Rather than a fool in his folly.
13 He who returns evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like letting
So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who
condemns the righteous,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the
16 Why is there a price in the hand of a
fool to buy wisdom,
When he has no sense?
17 A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man lacking in sense pledges
And becomes guarantor in the presence of his
19 He who loves transgression loves strife;
He who raises his door seeks destruction.
20 He who has a crooked mind finds no good,
And he who is perverted in his language
falls into evil.
21 He who sires a fool does so to his
And the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A joyful heart is good medicine,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man receives a bribe from the
To pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is in the presence of the one who
But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father
And bitterness to her who bore him.
26 It is also not good to fine the
Nor to strike the noble for their
27 He who restrains his words has knowledge,
And he who has a cool spirit is a man of
28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is
When he closes his lips, he is considered