1 Occasiones quaerit, qui vult recedere ab amico; omni consilio exacerbatur.
2 Non delectatur stultus prudentia sed in revelatione cordis sui.
3 Cum venerit impius, veniet et contemptio, et cum ignominia opprobrium.
4 Aqua profunda verba ex ore viri, et torrens redundans fons sapientiae.
5 Accipere personam impii non est bonum, ut declines iustum in iudicio.
6 Labia stulti miscent se rixis, et os eius plagas provocat.
7 Os stulti ruina eius, et labia ipsius laqueus animae eius.
8 Verba susurronis quasi dulcia, et ipsa perveniunt usque ad interiora ventris.
9 Qui mollis et dissolutus est in opere suo, frater est viri dissipantis.
10 Turris fortissima nomen Domini; ad ipsum currit iustus et exaltabitur.
11 Substantia divitis urbs roboris eius et quasi murus excelsus in cogitatione eius.
12 Antequam conteratur, exaltatur cor hominis; et, antequam glorificetur, humiliatur.
13 Qui prius respondet quam audiat, stultitia est ei et contumelia.
14 Spiritus viri sustentat imbecillitatem suam; spiritum vero confractum, quis poterit sustinere?
15 Cor prudens possidebit scientiam, et auris sapientium quaerit doctrinam.
16 Donum hominis dilatat viam eius et ante principes deducit eum.
17 Qui prior in contentione loquitur, putatur iustus; venit amicus eius et arguet eum.
18 Lites comprimit sors et inter potentes quoque diiudicat.
19 Frater, qui offenditur, durior est civitate firma, et lites quasi vectes urbium.
20 De fructu oris viri replebitur venter eius, et genimina labiorum ipsius saturabunt eum.
21 Mors et vita in manu linguae; qui diligunt eam, comedent fructus eius.
22 Qui invenit mulierem bonam, invenit bonum et hausit gratiam a Domino.
23 Cum obsecrationibus loquetur pauper, et dives effabitur rigide.
24 Vir cum amicis concuti potest, sed est amicus, qui adhaereat magis quam frater.
King James Version
1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.
4 The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.
5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.
13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth 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?
15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
16 A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the mighty.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.
24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.