Proverbs – Sayings

Sayings from the Book of Proverbs.

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and the one who is wise saves lives.

The righteous care for the needs of their animals,
but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies have no sense.

Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up.

The righteous choose their friends carefully,
but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.

The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge,
but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.

The human spirit can endure in sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?

The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
for the ears of the wise seek it out.

The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord
that sheds light on one’s inmost being.

One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

It is not good to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.

As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.

Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,
give careful attention to your herds;
for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all generations.

The rich are wise in their own eyes;
one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.

When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;
but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.

Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.

The righteous care about justice for the poor,
but the wicked have no such concern.