1 Through desire a man hauing separated himselfe, seeketh and intermedleth with all wisedome.
2 A foole hath no delight in vnderstanding, but that his heart may discouer it selfe.
3 When the wicked commeth, then commeth also contempt, and with ignominie, reproch.
4 The words of a mans mouth, are as deepe waters, and the well-spring of wisedome as a flowing brooke.
5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to ouerthrowe the righteous in iudgement.
6 A fooles lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
7 A fooles mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soule.
8 The words of a tale bearer are as wounds, and they goe downe into the innermost parts of the belly.
9 Hee also that is slouthful in his worke, is brother to him that is a great waster.
10 The name of the Lord is a a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
11 The rich mans wealth is his strong citie: and as an high wall in his owne conceit.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughtie, and before honour is humilitie.
13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame vnto him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustaine his infirmitie: but a wounded spirit who can beare?
15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the eare of the wise seeketh knowledge.
16 A mans gift maketh roome for him, & bringeth him before great men.
17 He that is first in his owne cause, seemeth iust; but his neighbour commeth and searcheth him.
18 The lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth betweene the mighty.
19 A brother offended is harder to be wonne then a strong citie: and their contentions are like the barres of a castle.
20 A mans belly shall be satisfied with the fruite of his mouth; and with the increase of his lippes shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that loue it shall eate the fruite thereof.
22 Who so findeth a wife, findeth a good thing, and obtaineth fauour of the Lord.
23 The poore vseth intreaties, but the rich answereth roughly.
24 A man that hath friends must shewe himselfe friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer then a brother.