1 Melior est pauper, qui ambulat in simplicitate sua, quam qui torquet labia et est insipiens.
2 Ubi non est scientia animae, non est bonum; et, qui festinus est pedibus, offendit.
3 Stultitia hominis supplantat gressus eius, et contra Deum fervet animo suo.
4 Divitiae addunt amicos plurimos; pauper autem ab amico suo separatur.
5 Testis falsus non erit impunitus; et, qui mendacia loquitur, non effugiet.
6 Multi blandiuntur faciei potentis, et omnes amici sunt dona tribuenti.
7 Omnes fratres hominis pauperis oderunt eum, insuper et amici procul recesserunt ab eo; qui tantum verba sectatur, nihil habebit.
8 Qui autem possessor est mentis, diligit animam suam, et custos prudentiae inveniet bona.
9 Falsus testis non erit impunitus; et, qui loquitur mendacia, peribit.
10 Non decent stultum deliciae, nec servum dominari principibus.
11 Doctrina viri mitigat iram eius, et gloria eius est iniqua praetergredi.
12 Sicut fremitus leonis ita et regis ira, et sicut ros super herbam ita et gratia eius.
13 Calamitas patris filius stultus; et tecta iugiter perstillantia litigiosa mulier.
14 Domus et divitiae hereditas patrum, a Domino autem uxor prudens.
15 Pigredo immittit soporem, et anima dissoluta esuriet.
16 Qui custodit mandatum, custodit animam suam; qui autem neglegit viam suam, mortificabitur.
17 Feneratur Domino, qui miseretur pauperis, et vicissitudinem suam reddet ei.
18 Erudi filium tuum, dum spes est; ad interfectionem autem eius ne ponas animam tuam.
19 Qui impatiens est, sustinebit multam; et, si eum abripere vis, aliud appones.
20 Audi consilium et suscipe disciplinam, ut sis sapiens in novissimis tuis.
21 Multae cogitationes in corde viri, voluntas autem Domini permanebit.
22 Desiderabile in homine est misericordia eius; et melior est pauper quam vir mendax.
23 Timor Domini ad vitam, et in plenitudine commorabitur absque visitatione mali.
24 Abscondit piger manum suam in catino nec ad os suum applicat eam.
25 Derisore flagellato vel parvulus sapientior erit; si autem corripueris sapientem, intelleget disciplinam.
26 Qui affligit patrem et fugat matrem, filius inhonestus et ignominiosus.
27 Acquiesce, fili, ut audias doctrinam nec erres a sermonibus scientiae.
28 Testis iniquus deridet iudicium, et os impiorum devorat iniquitatem.
29 Paratae sunt derisoribus virgae, et plagae stultorum corporibus.
King James Version
1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.
4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
6 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.
15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.