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Bible Proverbs

These Bible Proverbs or Biblical Proverbs come from the "St. Joseph Edition of the New American Bible". You will find bible proverbs from each chapter in the Book of Proverbs. The Book of Proverbs addresses many timeless issues such as wisdom, wickedness, greed, violence, attitude toward God, attitude toward your fellow man, adultry, freindship, and wives. Each of these bible proverbs are listed by chapter and verse in the format "Book Chapter:Verse".

Proverbs 1

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; wisdom and instruction fools despise.
Proverbs 1:7

Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and reject not your mother's teaching; A graceful diadem will they be for your head; a torque for your neck.
Proverbs 1:8-9

Proverbs 2

My son, if you receive my words and treasure my commands, turning your ear to wisdom, inclining your heart to understanding; Yes, if you call to intellligence, and to understanding raise your voice; If you seek her like silver, and like hidden treasures search her out: Then will you understand the fear of the Lord; the knowledge of God you will find; For the Lord gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:1-6

Thus you may walk in the way of good men, and keep to the paths of the just. For the upright will dwell in the land, the honest will remain in it; But the wicked will be cut off from the land, the faitless will be rooted out of it.
Proverbs 2:20-22

Proverbs 3

My son, forget not my teaching, keep in mind my commands; For many days, and years of life, and peace, will they bring you. Let not kindness and fidelity leave you; bind them around your neck; Then will you win favor and good esteem before God and man.
Proverbs 3:1-4

Happy the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding!
Proverbs 3:13

Be not afraid of sudden terror, of the ruin fo the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from the snare. Refuse no one the good on which he has a claim when it is in your power to do it for him. Say not to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give," when you can give at once.
Proverbs 3:25-28

Proverbs 4

The path of the wicked enter not, walk not on the way of evil men; Shun it, cross it not, turn aside from it and pass on.
Proverbs 4:14-15

Proverbs 5

The lips of an adulteress drip with honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil; But in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, as sharp as a two-edged sword.
Proverbs 5:3-4

For each man's ways are plain to the Lord's sight; all their paths he surveys; By his own iniquities the wicked man will be caught, in the meshes of his own sin he will be held fast; He will die from lack of discipline, through the greatness of his folly he will be lost.
Proverbs 5:21-23

Proverbs 6

There are six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abonimation to him; Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood; A heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that run swiftly to evil, The false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers.
Proverbs 6:16-19

Men despise not the thief of he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry; Yet if he be caught he must pay back sevenfold; all the wealth of his house he may yield up.
Proverbs 6:30-31

Proverbs 7

Say to Wisdom, "You are my sister!" call Understanding, "Friend!" Proverbs 7:4

Proverbs 8

The Lord begot me, the firstborn of his ways, the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago; From of old I was poured forth, at the first, before the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no fountains or springs of water; Before the mountains were settled into place, before the hills, I was brought forth; While as yet the earth and the fields were not made, nor the first clods fo the world.
Proverbs 8:22-26

Proverbs 9

He who corrects an arrogant man earns insult; and he who reproves a wicked man incurs opprobrium. Reprove not an arrogant man, let he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Instruct a wise man, and he becomes still wiser; teach a just man, and he advances in learning.
Proverbs 9:7-9

The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and knowledge of the Holy One is undertanding.
Proverbs 9:10

If you are wise, it is to your own advantage; and if you are arrogant, you alone shall bear it.
Proverbs 9:12

Proverbs 10

A wise son makes his father glad, but a foolish son is a grief to his mother.
Proverbs 10:1

The slack hand impoverishes, but the hand of the diligent enriches.
Proverbs 10:4

Hatred stirs up disputes, but love covers all offenses.
Proverbs 10:12

The lips of the just know how to please, but the moutn of the wicked, how to pervert.
Proverbs 10:32

Proverbs 11

When pride comes, disgrace comes; but with the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2

Wealth is useless on the day of wrath, but virtue saves from death.
Proverbs 11:4

The virtue of the upright saves them, but the faitless are caught in their own intrigue.
Proverbs 11:6

With his mouth the impious man woudl ruin his neighbor, but through their knowledge the just make their escape.
Proverbs 11:9

A newsmonger revealss secrets, but a trustworthy man keeps a confidence.
Proverbs 11:13

Truly the evil man shall not go unpunished, but those who are just shall escape.
Proverbs 11:21

He who seeks the good commands favor, but he who pursues evil will have evil befall him.
Proverbs 11:27

Proverbs 12

He who loves correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
Proverbs 12:1

A worthy wife is the crown of her husband, but a disgraceful one is like rot in his bones.
Proverbs 12:4

The plans of the just are legitimate; the designs of the wicked are deceitful.
Proverbs 12:5

Better a lowly man who supports himself than one of assumed importance who lacks bread.
Proverbs 12:9

The way of the fool seems right in his own eyes, but he who listens to advice is wise.
Proverbs 12:15

Truthful lips endure forever, the lying tongue, for only a moment.
Proverbs 12:19

A shrewd man conceals his knowledge, but the hearts of fools gush forth folly.
Proverbs 12:23

The diligent hand will govern, but the slothful will be enslaved.
Proverbs 12:24

Proverbs 13

He who guards his mouth protects his life; to open wide one's lips brings downfall.
Proverbs 13:3

One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
Proverbs 13:7

Wealth quickly gotten dwindles away, but amassed little by little, it grows.
Proverbs 13:11

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him takes care to chastise him.
Proverbs 13:24

Proverbs 14

Guilt lodges in the tents of the arrogant, but favor in the house of the just.
Proverbs 14:9

Even by his neighbor the poor man is hated, but the friends of the rich are many.
Proverbs 14:20

He who oppresses the poor blasphemes his Maker, but he who is kind to the needy glorifies him.
Proverbs 14:31

The king favors the intelligent servant, but the worthless one incurs his wrath.
Proverbs 14:35

Proverbs 15

A mild answer calms wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

Every day is miserable for the depressed, but a lighthearted man has a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:15

He who is greedy of gain brings ruin on his own house, but he who hates bribes will live.
Proverbs 15:27

Proverbs 16

Better a little with virtue, than a large income with injustice.
Proverbs 16:8

The king's lips are an oracle; no judgment he pronounces is false.
Proverbs 16:10

A scoundrel is a furnace of evil, and on his lips there is a scorching fire.
Proverbs 16:27

Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by virtuous living.
Proverbs 16:31

A patient man is better than a warrior, and he who rules his temper, than he who takes a city.
Proverbs 16:32

Proverbs 17

Better a dry crust with peace than a house full of feasting with strife.
Proverbs 17:1

Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their parentage.
Proverbs 17:6

He who covers up a misdeed fosters friendship, but he who gossips about it separates friends.
Proverbs 17:9

He who is a friend is always a friend, and a brother is born for the time of stress.
Proverbs 17:17

Proverbs 18

The fool takes no delight in understanding, but rather in displaying what he thinks.
Proverbs 18:2

A brother is a better defense than a strong city, and a friend is like the bars of a castle.
Proverbs 18:19

Death and life are in the power of the tongue; those who make it a friend shall eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:21

He who finds a wife find happiness; it is a favor he receives from the Lord.
Proverbs 18:22

Some friends bring ruin on us, but a true friend is more loyal than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24

Proverbs 19

The false witness will not go unpunished, and he who utters lies will not escape.
Proverbs 19:5

He who gains intelligence is his own best friend; he who keeps understanding will be successful.
Proverbs 19:8

The foolish son is ruin to his father, and the nagging of a wife is a persistent leak.
Proverbs 19:13

He who mistreats his father, or drives away his mother, is a worthless and disgraceful son.
Proverbs 19:26

Proverbs 20

When a man walks in integrity and justice, happy are his children after him!
Proverbs 20:7

Even by his manners the child betrays whether his conduct is innocent and right.
Proverbs 20:11

A newsmonger reveals secrets; so have nothing to do with a babbler!
Proverbs 20:19

The glory of young men is their strength, and the dignity of old men is gray hair.
Proverbs 20:29

Proverbs 21

He who makes a fortune by a lying tongue is chasing a bubble over deadly snares.
Proverbs 21:6

He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will himself also call and not be heard.
Proverbs 21:13

It is better to dwell in a wilderness than with a quarrelsome and vexatious wife.
Proverbs 21:19

Some are consumed with avarice all the day, but the just man gives unsparingly.
Proverbs 21:26

There is no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel, against the Lord.
Proverbs 21:30

Proverbs 22

Train a boy in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not swerve from it.
Proverbs 22:6

The eyes of the Lord safeguard knowledge, but he defeats the projects of the faithless.
Proverbs 22:12

Injure not the poor because they are poor, nor crush the needy at the gate;
For the Lord will defend their cause, and will plunder the lives of those who plunder them.
Be not friendly with a hotheaded man, nor the companion of a wrathful man,
Lest you learn his ways, and get yourself into a snare.
Proverbs 22:22-25

For if you ahve not the means to pay, your bed will be taken from under you.
Proverbs 22:27

Proverbs 23

Speak not for the fool's hearing; he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Proverbs 23:9

My son, if your heart be wise, my own heart also will rejoice;
And my inmost being will exult, when your lips speak what is right.
Proverbs 23:15-16

Listen to your father who begot you, and despise not your mother when she is old.
Proverbs 23:22

Let your father and mother have joy; let her who bore you exult.
Proverbs 23:25

Proverbs 24

A wise man is more powerful than a strong man, and a man of knowledge than a man of might;
For it is by wise guidance that you wage your war, and the victory is due to a wealth of counselors.
Proverbs 24:5-6

Rescue those who are being dragged to death, and from those tottering to execution withdraw not.
Proverbs 24:11

Be not a witness against your neighbor without just cause, thus committing folly with your lips.
Proverbs 24:28

Proverbs 25

Discuss your case with your neighbor, but another man's secret do not disclose;
Lest, hearing it, he reproach you, and your ill repute cease not.
Proverbs 25:9-10

Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have more than enough of you, and hate you.
Proverbs 25:17

Proverbs 26

The whip for the horse, the bridle for the ass, and the rod for the back of fools.
Proverbs 26:3

A proverb in the mouth of a fool hangs limp, like crippled legs.
Proverbs 26:7

The door turns on it's hinges, the sluggard, on his bed!
Proverbs 26:14

Proverbs 27

Boast not of tomorrow, for you know not what any day may bring forth.
Proverbs 27:1

Let another praise you - not your own mouth; someone else - not your own lips.
Proverbs 27:2

Proverbs 28

He who seduces the upright int an evil way will himself fall into his own pit. [And blameless men will gain prosperity.]
Proverbs 28:10

He who conceals his sins prospers not, but he who confesses and forsakes them obtains mercy.
Proverbs 28:13

The trusworthy man will be richly blessed; he who is in haste to grow rich will not go unpunished.
Proverbs 28:20

He who defrauds father or mother and calls it no sin, is a partner of the brigand.
Proverbs 28:24

He who gives to the poor suffers no want, but he who ignores them gets many a curse.
Proverbs 28:27

Proverbs 29

The man who flatters his neighbor is spreading a net under his feet.
Proverbs 29:5

If a ruler listens to lying words, his servants all become wicked.
Proverbs 29:12

The rod of correction gives wisdom, but a boy left to his whims disgraces his mother.
Proverbs 29:15

Correct your son, and he will bring you comfort, and give delight to your soul.
Proverbs 29:17

Proverbs 30

The eye that mocks a father, or scorns an aged mother, Will be plucked out by the ravens in the valle; the young eagles will devour it.
Proverbs 30:17

Proverbs 31

When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:10-12

Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Proverbs 31:30