Proverbs Categorized

Adultery/Marriage/Wife
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress. Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts down a precious life. Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned? Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched? So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; none who touches her will go unpunished. He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself. Wounds and dishonor will he get, and his disgrace will not be wiped away. For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes revenge. He will accept no compensation; he will refuse though you multiply gifts. Proverbs 6:23-29, 32-35

A foolish son is ruin to his father, and a wife’s quarrelling is a continual dripping of rain. House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. Proverbs 19:13-14

It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife. Proverbs 21:9

A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike; to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in one’s right hand. Proverbs 27:15-16

Advice/Counsel/Guidance/Instruction
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. Proverbs 9:9

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14

The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. Proverbs 12:5

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15

Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy. Proverbs 12:20

A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. Proverbs 13:1

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Proverbs 13:20

A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent. Proverbs 15:5

There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; whoever hates reproof will die. Proverbs 15:10

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22

Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence. Proverbs 15:32

Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly. The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Proverbs 16:22-23

An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue. Proverbs 17:4

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. Proverbs 18:1

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Proverbs 19:20

Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war. Proverbs 20:18

When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge. Proverbs 21:11

Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. Proverbs 22:17-18

Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. Proverbs 23:23

By wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory. Proverbs 24:6

Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips. Proverbs 25:19

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel. Proverbs 27:9

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

The partner of a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing. Proverbs 29:24

Anger/Hatred/Wrath
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. Proverbs 10:12

A man of quick temper acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated. Proverbs 14:17

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Proverbs 14:29

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. Proverbs 15:18

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11

A man of great wrath will pay the penalty, for if you deliver him, you will only have to do it again. Proverbs 19:19

The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his life. Proverbs 20:2

A gift in secret averts anger, and a concealed bribe, strong wrath. Proverbs 21:14

Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail. Proverbs 22:8

Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. Proverbs 22:24-25

The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks. Proverbs 25:23

Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? Proverbs 27:4

A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression. Proverbs 29:22

For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife. Proverbs 30:33

Arguing/Quarreling/Strife
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to Him: …one who sows discord among brothers. Proverbs 16:16, 19

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

A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. Proverbs 15:18

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. Proverbs 16:28

Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. Proverbs 17:1

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out. Proverbs 17:14

Whoever loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction. Proverbs 17:19

The lot puts an end to quarrels and decides between powerful contenders. A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. Proverbs 18:18-19

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling. Proverbs 20:3

It is better to live in a desert land than with a quarrelsome and fretful woman. Proverbs 21:19

Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease. Proverbs 22:10

What your eyes have seen do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame? Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another’s secret, lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end. Proverbs 25:7-10

Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears. Proverbs 26:17

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. Proverbs 26:20-21

A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike; to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in one’s right hand. Proverbs 27:15-16

A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched. Proverbs 28:25

If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet. Proverbs 29:9

Arrogance/Haughtiness/Humility/Pride/Praise of Man
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes… Proverbs 6:16-17

The Lord tears down the house of the proud but maintains the widow’s boundaries. Proverbs 15:25

Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. Proverbs 16:18-19

Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. Proverbs 18:12

Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find? Proverbs 20:6

Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin. Proverbs 21:4

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give. Proverbs 25:14

Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. Proverbs 25:6-7

It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory. Proverbs 25:27

Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 26:12

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. Proverbs 27:1-2

The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is tested by his praise. Proverbs 27:21

One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. Proverbs 29:23

Confession
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. Proverbs 28:13

Desires
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools. Proverbs 13:19

Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. Proverbs 19:2

What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar. Proverbs 19:22

Discipline
There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; whoever hates reproof will die. Proverbs 15:10

Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death. Proverbs 19:18

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him. Proverbs 22:15

Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart. Proverbs 29:17

By mere words a servant is not disciplined, for though he understands, he will not respond. Proverbs 29:19

Envy/Jealousy
Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways, for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord, but the upright are in his confidence. Proverbs 3:31-32

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. Proverbs 14:30

Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:27-18

Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them, for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble. Proverbs 24:1-2

Fret not yourself because of evildoers, and be not envious of the wicked, for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out. Proverbs 24:19-20

Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? Proverbs 27:4

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

…they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord… Proverbs 1:29

If you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:3-5

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:7

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Proverbs 8:13

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short. Proverbs 10:27

Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is devious in his ways despises Him. Proverbs 14:2

In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:25-26

Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it. Proverbs 15:16

The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

By the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil. Proverbs 16:6

The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm. Proverbs 19:23

The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:17-18

Fear the Lord and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise, for disaster from them will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both? Proverbs 24:21-22

Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity. Proverbs 28:14

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Friendship
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you. Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you. Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm. Proverbs 3:27-30

With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered. Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent. Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered. Proverbs 11:9, 12-13

One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26

The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends. Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. Proverbs 14:20-21

A man of violence entices his neighbor and leads him in a way that is not good. Proverbs 16:29

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. One who lacks sense gives a pledge and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor. Proverbs 17:17-18

A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. Proverbs 18:19

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend. Proverbs 19:4

Many seek the favor of a generous man, and everyone is a friend to a man who gives gifts. All a poor man’s brothers hate him, how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them words, but does not have them. Proverbs 19:6-7

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler. Proverbs 20:19

The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes. Proverbs 21:10

Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare. Proverbs 22:24-25

My son, fear the Lord and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise, for disaster from them will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both? Proverbs 24:21-22

Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips. Proverbs 24:28

What your eyes have seen do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame? Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another’s secret, lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end. Proverbs 25:7-10

Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you. A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow. Proverbs 25:17-18

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!” Proverbs 26:18-19

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. Proverbs 27:6

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel. Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away. Proverbs 27:9-10

Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing. Proverbs 27:14

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. Proverbs 29:5

The partner of a thief hates his own life; he hears the curse, but discloses nothing. Proverbs 29:24

Generosity
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17

Laziness/Slothfulness/Sluggardliness
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. Proverbs 6:6-11

Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him. Proverbs 10:26

The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor. Proverbs 12:24

Whoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth. Proverbs 12:27

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. Proverbs 13:4

The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway. Proverbs 15:19

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys. Proverbs 18:9

Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger. Proverbs 19:15

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish and will not even bring it back to his mouth. Proverbs 19:24

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn, he will seek at harvest and have nothing. Proverbs 20:4

Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread. Proverbs 20:13

The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor. All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back. Proverbs 21:25-26

The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!” Proverbs 22:13

I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Proverbs 24:30-31

The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!” As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly. Proverbs 26:13-16

Lips/Speech/Tongue/Words
Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you. Proverbs 4:24

A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, winks with his eyes, signals with his feet points with his finger, with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing. Proverbs 6:12-15

There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. Proverbs 6:16-19

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Proverbs 10:11

On the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks sense. The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near. Proverbs 10:13-14

The one who conceals hatred has lying lips, and whoever utters slander is a fool. When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; the heart of the wicked is of little worth. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense. Proverbs 10:18-21

The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off. The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse. Proverbs 10:31-32

With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered. Proverbs 11:9

Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent. Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered. Proverbs 11:12-13

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright delivers them. Proverbs 12:6

An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble. From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him. Proverbs 12:13-14

Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit. There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Proverbs 12:17-19

Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who act faithfully are his delight. Proverbs 12:22

From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence. Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. Proverbs 13:2-3

The righteous hates falsehood, but the wicked brings shame and disgrace. Proverbs 13:5

By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them. Proverbs 14:3

A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies. Proverbs 14:5

In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23

A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful. Proverbs 14:25

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. Proverbs 15:1-2

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. Proverbs 15:4

The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools. Proverbs 15:7

To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is! Proverbs 15:23

The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but gracious words are pure. Proverbs 15:26

The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. Proverbs 15:28

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24

A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire. A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. Proverbs 16:27-28

An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue. Proverbs 17:4

Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince. Proverbs 17:7

Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9

A man of crooked heart does not discover good, and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity. Proverbs 17:20

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent. Proverbs 17:27-28

The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. Proverbs 18:4

A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin and his lips are a snare to his soul. The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. Proverbs 18:6-8

From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Proverbs 18:20-21

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape. Proverbs 19:5

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will perish. Proverbs 19:9

A worthless witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity. Proverbs 19:28

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler. Proverbs 20:19

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride. Proverbs 21:23-24

A false witness will perish, but the word of a man who hears will endure. Proverbs 21:28

Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth. Proverbs 24:7

Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips. Proverbs 24:26

Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips. Proverbs 24:28

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Proverbs 25:11

With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone. Proverbs 25:15

A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow. Proverbs 25:18

Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda. Proverbs 25:20

The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks. Proverbs 25:23

Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Proverbs 25:25

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart. Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling. A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin. Proverbs 26:20-28

Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 29:20

If you have been foolish, exalting yourself, or if you have been devising evil, put your hand on your mouth. Proverbs 30:32

Lying/Deceitfulness/Joking
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: …a lying tongue…a false witness who breathes out lies. Proverbs 6:16-17, 19

The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward. Proverbs 11:18

The thoughts of the righteous are just; the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. Proverbs 12:5

Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit. Proverbs 12:17

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy. Proverbs 12:19-20

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight. Proverbs 12:22

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. Whoever winks his eyes plans dishonest things; he who purses his lips brings evil to pass. Proverbs 16:28, 30

Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a prince. Proverbs 17:7

A man of crooked heart does not discover good, and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity. Proverbs 17:20

Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel. Proverbs 20:17

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death. Proverbs 21:6

Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips. Proverbs 24:26

Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips. Proverbs 24:28

A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow. Proverbs 25:18

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!” Proverbs 26:18-19

The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart. Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception,
his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly. Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling. A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin. Proverbs 26:22-28

If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked. Proverbs 29:12

Neighbors
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you. Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you. Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm. Proverbs 3:27-30

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. Proverbs 6:1-3

With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered. Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent. Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered. Proverbs 11:9, 12-13

One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26

The poor is disliked even by his neighbor, but the rich has many friends. Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. Proverbs 14:20-21

A man of violence entices his neighbor and leads him in a way that is not good. Proverbs 16:29

One who lacks sense gives a pledge and puts up security in the presence of his neighbor. Proverbs 17:18

The soul of the wicked desires evil; his neighbor finds no mercy in his eyes. Proverbs 21:10

Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause, and do not deceive with your lips. Proverbs 24:28

What your eyes have seen do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end,
when your neighbor puts you to shame? Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another’s secret, lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end. Proverbs 25:7-10

Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you. A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow. Proverbs 25:17-18

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!” Proverbs 26:18-19

Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away. Proverbs 27:10

Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing. Proverbs 27:14

A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet. Proverbs 29:5

Patience
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Proverbs 17:27

If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. Proverbs 18:13

Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way. Proverbs 19:2

It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,” and to reflect only after making vows. Proverbs 20:25

With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone. Proverbs 25:15

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. Proverbs 29:11

Plans/Purposes
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy. Proverbs 12:20

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. Proverbs 16:1

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. Proverbs 19:21

The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. Proverbs 20:5

Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war. Proverbs 20:18

A man’s steps are from the Lord; how then can man understand his way? Proverbs 20:24

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Proverbs 21:5

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1

Rebuke/Reproof
Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Proverbs 9:7-8

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14

A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. Proverbs 13:1

Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored. Proverbs 13:18

A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent. Proverbs 15:5

There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; whoever hates reproof will die. Proverbs 15:10

A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise. Proverbs 15:12

The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence. Proverbs 15:31-32

A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool. Proverbs 17:10

Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge. Proverbs 19:25

When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge. Proverbs 21:11

Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. Proverbs 25:12

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. Proverbs 27:5-6

Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me. Proverbs 27:11

Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue. Proverbs 28:23

He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing. Proverbs 29:1

The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Proverbs 29:15

Revenge
If anyone returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house. Proverbs 17:13

Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you. Proverbs 20:22

Do not say, “I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.” Proverbs 24:29

Trust in the Lord
Blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. Proverbs 16:20

Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you. Proverbs 22:17-19

A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched. Proverbs 28:25

The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. Proverbs 29:25

Drunkenness/Wine
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. Proverbs 20:1

Whoever loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich. Proverbs 21:17

Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. Proverbs 23:20-21

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things. You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast. “They struck me,” you will say, “but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I must have another drink.” Proverbs 23:29-35

Like a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of fools. Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard. Proverbs 26:9-10

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. Proverbs 31:4-7
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