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The Wisdom of Israel

(Category 9 of 16)

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CHAPTER 10 References

1 aProv. 1:1;
25:1 bProv.
15:20; 17:21,
25; 19:13;
29:3, 15
2 a[Luke
12:19, 20] bDan. 4:27
3 aPs. 34:9, 10;
4 aProv. 19:15
bProv. 12:24;
13:4; 21:5
5 aProv. 6:8
bProv. 19:26

Wise Sayings of Solomon


1 The proverbs of aSolomon:

bA wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.

2 aTreasures of wickedness profit nothing, bBut righteousness delivers from death.
3 aThe LORD will not allow the righteous soul to famish, But He casts away the desire of the wicked.

4 aHe who has a slack hand becomes poor, But bthe hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 He who gathers in asummer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is ba son who causes shame.

6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

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7 aThe memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot.

8 The wise in heart will receive commands, aBut 1a prating fool will 2fall.

9 aHe who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known.

10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble, But a prating fool will fall.

11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.

12 Hatred stirs up strife, But alove covers all sins.

13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, But aa rod is for the back of him who 1is devoid of understanding.

14 Wise people store up knowledge, But athe mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

15 The arich man’s wealth is his strong city; The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

16 The labor of the righteous leads to alife, The wages of the wicked to sin.

17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction 1goes astray.

18 Whoever ahides hatred has lying lips, And bwhoever spreads slander is a fool.

19 aIn the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But bhe who restrains his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of 1wisdom.

22 aThe blessing of the LORD makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.

7 aEccl. 8:10
8 aProv. 10:10
1Lit. the foolish
of lips 2be
thrust down
or ruined
9 a[Ps. 23:4] 12 a[1 Cor.
13:4–7] 13 aProv. 26:3
1Lit. lacks
14 aProv. 18:7
15 aJob 31:24
16 aProv. 6:23
17 1leads
18 aProv. 26:24
bPs. 15:3;
19 aEccl. 5:3
b[James 1:19;
3:2] 21 1Lit. heart
22 aGen. 24:35;
23 aProv. 2:14;
24 aJob 15:21
bPs. 145:19
25 aPs. 37:9, 10
bPs. 15:5
27 aProv. 9:11
bJob 15:32
28 aJob 8:13
29 aPs. 1:6
30 aPs. 37:22
31 aPs. 37:30

CHAPTER 11 References

1 aLev. 19:35,
36 1deceptive
2Lit. perfect
2 aProv. 16:18;
18:12; 29:23
3 aProv. 13:6
4 aEzek. 7:19
bGen. 7:1
5 aProv. 5:22
1Or make
smooth or
7 aProv. 10:28

23 aTo do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom.
24 aThe fear of the wicked will come upon him, And bthe desire of the righteous will be granted.
25 When the whirlwind passes by, athe wicked is no more, But bthe righteous has an everlasting foundation.

26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy man to those who send him.

27 aThe fear of the LORD prolongs days, But bthe years of the wicked will be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the aexpectation of the wicked will perish.
29 The way of the LORD is strength for the upright, But adestruction will come to the workers of iniquity.

30 aThe righteous will never be removed, But the wicked will not inhabit the 1earth.
31 aThe mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, But the perverse tongue will be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.


1 aDishonest1 scales are an abomination to the LORD, But a 2just weight is His delight.

2 When pride comes, then comes ashame; But with the humble is wisdom.

3 The integrity of the upright will guide athem, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.
4 aRiches do not profit in the day of wrath, But brighteousness delivers from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless will 1direct his way aright, But the wicked will fall by his own awickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.

7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will aperish,

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And the hope of the unjust perishes.
8 aThe righteous is delivered from trouble, And it comes to the wicked instead.
9 The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
10 aWhen it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.
11 By the blessing of the upright the city is aexalted, But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.

12 He who 1is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, But a man of understanding holds his peace.

13 aA talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit bconceals a matter.

14 aWhere there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

15 He who is asurety1 for a stranger will suffer, But one who hates 2being surety is secure.

16 A gracious woman retains honor, But ruthless men retain riches.
17 aThe merciful man does good for his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.
18 The wicked man does deceptive work, But ahe who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.
19 As righteousness leads to alife, So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own bdeath.
20 Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the LORD, But the blameless in their ways are His delight.
21 aThough they join 1forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; But bthe posterity of the righteous will be delivered.

22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, So is a lovely woman who lacks 1discretion.

23 The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked ais wrath.


8 aProv. 21:18
10 aProv. 28:12
11 aProv. 14:34
12 1Lit. lacks
13 aLev. 19:16;
Prov. 20:19;
1 Tim. 5:13
bProv. 19:11
14 a1 Kin. 12:1
15 aProv. 6:1,
2 1guaranty
2those pledging
lit. those who
strike hands
17 a[Matt. 5:7;
25:34–36] 18 aHos. 10:12;
[Gal. 6:8, 9];
James 3:18
19 aProv.
10:16; 12:28
bProv. 21:16;
[Rom. 6:23;
James 1:15] 21 aProv. 16:5
bPs. 112:2;
Prov. 14:26
1Lit. hand to
22 1taste
23 aProv.
10:28; Rom.
2:8, 9
24 aPs. 112:9;
Prov. 13:7;
25 aProv. 3:9,
10; [2 Cor. 9:6,
7] b[Matt. 5:7] 26 aAmos 8:5,
6 bJob 29:13
27 aEsth. 7:10;
Ps. 7:15, 16;
57:6 1Lit.
28 aJob 31:24
bPs. 1:3; Jer.
29 aEccl. 5:16
bProv. 14:19
30 aProv.
14:25; [Dan.
12:3; 1 Cor.
James 5:20] 1Lit. takes, in
the sense of
brings, cf.
1 Sam. 16:11
31 aJer. 25:29

CHAPTER 12 References

3 a[Prov.
10:25] 4 aProv. 31:23;
1 Cor. 11:7
bProv. 14:30;
Hab. 3:16 1Lit.
A wife of
6 aProv. 1:11,
18 bProv. 14:3
7 aPs.
Prov. 11:21;
Matt. 7:24–27


24 There is one who ascatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty.
25 aThe generous soul will be made rich, bAnd he who waters will also be watered himself.
26 The people will curse ahim who withholds grain, But bblessing will be on the head of him who sells it.

27 He who earnestly seeks good 1finds favor, aBut trouble will come to him who seeks evil.

28 aHe who trusts in his riches will fall, But bthe righteous will flourish like foliage.

29 He who troubles his own house awill inherit the wind, And the fool will be bservant to the wise of heart.

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And ahe who 1wins souls is wise.

31 aIf the righteous will be 1recompensed on the earth, How much more the ungodly and the sinner.


1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid.

2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.

3 A man is not established by wickedness, But the aroot of the righteous cannot be moved.

4 aAn1 excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who causes shame is blike rottenness in his bones.

5 The thoughts of the righteous are right, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
6 aThe words of the wicked are, “Lie in wait for blood,” bBut the mouth of the upright will deliver them.

7 aThe wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand.

8 A man will be commended according to his wisdom,

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aBut he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.

9 aBetter is the one who is 1slighted but has a servant, Than he who honors himself but lacks bread.

10 aA righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

11 aHe who 1tills his land will be satisfied with bbread, But he who follows 2frivolity cis devoid of 3understanding.

12 The wicked covet the catch of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
13 aThe wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, bBut the righteous will come through trouble.
14 aA man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, bAnd the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.

15 aThe way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.
16 aA fool’s wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame.

17 aHe who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit.
18 aThere is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
19 The truthful lip shall be established forever, aBut a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.
21 aNo grave 1trouble will overtake the righteous, But the wicked shall be filled with evil.
22 aLying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal truthfully are His delight.

23 aA prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.

24 aThe hand of the diligent will rule,

8 a1 Sam.
25:17; Prov.
9 aProv. 13:7
1lightly esteemed
10 aDeut. 25:4
11 aGen. 3:19
bProv. 28:19
cProv. 6:32
1works or cultivates
vain things
3Lit. heart
13 aProv. 18:7
b[2 Pet. 2:9] 14 aProv. 13:2;
15:23; 18:20
bJob 34:11;
Prov. 1:31;
24:12; [Is.
3:10, 11]; Hos.
15 aProv. 3:7;
Luke 18:11
16 aProv.
11:13; 29:11
17 aProv. 14:5
18 aPs. 57:4;
Prov. 4:22;
19 a[Ps. 52:4,
5]; Prov. 19:9
21 aPs. 91:10;
Prov. 1:33;
1 Pet. 3:13
22 aProv. 6:17;
11:20; Rev.
23 aProv. 13:16
24 aProv. 10:4
25 aProv. 15:13
bIs. 50:4

But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.

25 aAnxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But ba good word makes it glad.

26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.

27 The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man’s precious possession.

28 In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.

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The Book of


THE Book of Psalms is the largest and perhaps most widely used book in the Bible. It explores the full range of human experience in a very personal and practical way. Its 150 “songs” run from the Creation through the patriarchal, theocratic, monarchical, exilic, and postexilic periods. The tremendous breadth of subject matter in the Psalms includes diverse topics, such as jubilation, war, peace, worship, judgment, messianic prophecy, praise, and lament. The Psalms were set to the accompaniment of stringed instruments and served as the temple hymnbook and devotional guide for the Jewish people. The Book of Psalms was gradually collected and originally unnamed, perhaps due to the great variety of material. It came to be known as Sepher Tehillim— “Book of Praises”—because almost every psalm contains some note of praise to God. The Septuagint uses the Greek work Psalmoi as its title for this book, meaning “Poems Sung to the Accompaniment of Musical Instruments.” It also calls it the Psalterium (“A Collection of Songs”), and this word is the basis for the term Psalter. The Latin title is Liber Psalmorum, “Book of Psalms.”

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Psalms 1—41


The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly

1 BLESSED ais the man Who walks not in the counsel of the 1ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, bNor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But ahis delight is in the law of the LORD, bAnd in His law he 1meditates day and night.

PSALM 1 References

1 aProv. 4:14
bJer. 15:17
2 aPs. 119:14,
16, 35 b[Josh.
1:8] 1ponders
by talking to
3 aJer. 17:8
bGen. 39:2, 3,
23 1channels
4 aJob 21:18
6 aPs. 37:18

3 He shall be like a tree aPlanted by the 1rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall bprosper.

4 The ungodly are not so, But are alike the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For athe LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.




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