Proverbs Chapters 11-21 Star Chart: Clockwise from when "a dinner of (Milky Way green) herbs where love is" is better "than a (red radius) stalled (Taurus) ox and hatred therewith" (15:17) may be at least 360°. Clockwise from when "It is better to (Cepheus-Solomon) dwell in a (red radius) corner of the housetop, than with a (lunar open mouthed) brawling (Pollux-Andromeda) woman in a wide (red radius) house" (21:9) may be at least 360°.

"Whoever Shuts His Ears to the Cry of the Poor, Will Himself Call Out And Not Be Heard" (Pr. 11-21)


11:1 A false (lunar-solar red radius) balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just (solar brass) weight is his delight.

Beware of too sublime a sense
Of your own worth and consequence:
The man who dreams himself so great,
And his importance of such weight,
That all around, and all that's done,
Must move and act for him alone,
Will learn in schools of tribulation
The folly of his expectation. -- Cowper

2 When pride cometh, then cometh (red radius) shame: but with the lowly is (solar golden) wisdom.

3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.

4 Riches (solar gold) profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.

5 The (solar golden) righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own (lunar black) wickedness.

6 The (solar golden) righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own (lunar black) naughtiness.

7 When a wicked man dieth, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men (lunar grave) perisheth.

8 The righteous is (solar golden) delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.

9 An hypocrite (Pollux) with his (lunar) mouth destroyeth his (Castor) neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city (lunar crescent smiling) rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is (lunar open mouth) shouting.

11 By the (solar golden) blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but it is overthrown by the (lunar) mouth of the wicked.

12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace (silence is solar golden).

13 A talebearer (lunar open mouth) revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter (silence is solar golden).

"He who tears down an absent friend,
Or when attacked by others won't defend;
Who trivial bursts of laughter strives to raise,
And seeks from busybodies praise;
Of things he never saw he tells his tale,
And friendship's secrets knows not to conceal,
This man is vile; here Roman fix your mark;
His soul is black, as is his nature dark -- Horace

"Now take my counsel, and pray have a care
Of whom you talk, to whom, and what, and where." -- Horace

"Do thou thy precious secrets to no other lend:
Thy friend another has; beware of thy friend's friend! -- Alger

14 Where no (lunar open mouth) counsel is, the (Gemini) people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is (solar golden) safety.

"Not always the huge size Of weighty limbs insures the victory;
They who excel in wisdom are alone Invincible." (Soph. Ajax 1250)

The "multitude of counsellors" may be translated "Master-Counsellor" in Proverbs 11:14, 15:22 and 24:6. Remember that "Too many cooks spoil the broth." Rab Joets ("a multitude of counsellors") means in the Chaldean and Persic languages, a "master' or "chief" as Rab Mag, "Master of the Magi" (Jer. 39:3) or Rab Shakeh, "chief butler" (Isa. 36:2). Hence the Jewish title, Rabbi, "my master."

15 He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretiship is sure.

16 A gracious (Pollux) woman retaineth (solar golden) honour: and strong (Gemini) men retain (solar golden) riches.

17 The merciful (Pollux) man doeth good to his own soul: but he (Castor) that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

18 The wicked worketh a (lunar open mouth) deceitful work: but to him that soweth (solar golden) righteousness shall be a sure (solar golden) reward.

19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own (lunar grave) death.

20 They that are of a froward (lunar) heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his (solar golden) delight.

21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be (solar golden) delivered.

22 As a jewel of (solar) gold in a (Pollux) swine's snout, so is a (Pollux) fair woman which is without discretion.

23 The (solar golden) desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is (red radius) wrath.

24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.

"They who claim any man's goods for themselves, often not only fail of their unjust desires, but are deprived also, of that which was their own." (Menand.)

25 The liberal soul shall be made (lunar white) fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

"Oft, on thine altar let unblemished thighs
In fragrant savour to the immortals rise.
So shall thy piety accepted move
Their heavenly natures to propitous love:
Never shall thy heritage divided be,
But others part their heritage to thee." (Hesiod Oper. et. dies., 334)

26 He that withholdeth (solar golden) corn, the (Gemini) people shall (red radius lunar open mouth) curse him: but (lunar open mouth) blessing shall be upon the (Castor; Andromeda) head of him that selleth it.

27 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favour: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.

28 He that trusteth in his (solar golden) riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a (red radius) branch.

29 He that troubleth his own (red radius) house shall inherit the (Milky Way) wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

30 The (solar golden) fruit of the righteous is a (zodiac) tree of life; and he that winneth (Gemini) souls is wise.

31 Behold (with lunar eye), the righteous shall be (solar golden) recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner (lunar grave).

12:1 Whoso loveth (lunar open mouth) instruction loveth (solar golden) knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

2 A good man obtaineth favour of the (Shekinah) Lord: but a man of wicked (lunar open mouth) devices will he (lunar open mouth) condemn.

3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the (Big Dog tail) root of the righteous shall not be moved.

4 A virtuous (Pollux) woman is a (solar golden) crown to her (Castor) husband: but she that maketh (red radius) ashamed is as (black crescent) rottenness in his (lunar white) bones.

5 The thoughts of the righteous are (solar golden) right: but the counsels of the wicked are (lunar open mouth) deceit.

6 The (lunar open mouth) words of the wicked are to lie in wait for (red radius) blood: but the (lunar) mouth of the upright shall deliver them.

7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the (red radius) house of the righteous shall stand.

8 A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.

9 He (Castor) that is (lunar open mouth) despised, and hath a (Pollux) servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh (lunar) bread.

10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his (Canis Minor or Major) beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are (red radius) cruel.

"A good man will take care of his horses and dogs, not only when they are young, but when they are old and past service. We certainly ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household goods, which when worn out with use, we throw away: and were it only to teach benevolence to human kind, we should be merciful to other creatures." (Plutarch Cat. Maj. 5)

11 He that (lunar plow red radius solar wheel) tilleth his land shall be satisfied with (lunar) bread: but he that followeth vain (Gemini) persons is void of understanding.

12 The wicked desireth the (red radius) net of evil (Gemini) men: but the (Big Dog tail) root of the righteous yieldeth (solar golden) fruit.

13 The wicked is snared by the transgression of his (lunar) lips: but the just shall come out of trouble.

14 A man shall be satisfied with good by the (solar golden) fruit of his (lunar) mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.

15 The way of a fool is right in his own (lunar) eyes: but he that (lunar ear) hearkeneth unto (lunar open mouth) counsel is wise.

16 A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth (red radius) shame.

17 He that speaketh truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false (lunar open mouth) witness deceit.

18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a (red radius) sword: but the (lunar) tongue of the wise is health.

19 The (lunar) lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a (lunar) lying tongue is but for a moment.

20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the (Gemini) counsellors of peace is (lunar smiling crescent) joy.

21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.

"Nothing bad can befall a good man, nor are his concerns ever overlooked by the gods." (Cicero Tusc. Disp. 1:41)

22 Lying (lunar) lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his (solar golden) delight.

23 A prudent man concealeth (solar golden) knowledge: but the heart of fools (lunar open mouth) proclaimeth foolishness.

24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.

26 The (solar golden) righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the (lunar black) way of the wicked seduceth them.

27 The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is (solar golden) precious.

28 In the way of righteousness is (solar golden) life: and in the pathway thereof there is no (lunar grave) death.

13:1 A wise son (lunar ear) heareth his father's (lunar open mouth) instruction: but a scorner (lunar ear) heareth not (red radius) rebuke.

2 A man shall eat good by the (solar) fruit of his (lunar) mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat (red radius) violence.

3 He that keepeth his (lunar) mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his (lunar) lips shall have (lunar grave) destruction.

4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made (lunar) fat.

5 A righteous man hateth (lunar open mouth) lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to (red radius) shame.

6 Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way: but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.

7 There is that maketh himself (solar golden) rich, yet hath (lunar) nothing: there is that maketh himself (lunar empty purse) poor, yet hath great (solar golden) riches.

8 The ransom of a man's life are his (solar golden) riches: but the poor (lunar ear) heareth not (lunar open mouth) rebuke.

9 The (solar) light of the righteous (lunar crescent) rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be (lunar black) put out.

10 Only by pride cometh (red radius) contention: but with the well advised is (solar golden) wisdom.

11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall (solar golden) increase.

"No good man ever became rich all of a sudden." -- Publius Syrus. Immense and rapid fortunes, generally speaking, are acquired by fraud or violence.

12 Hope deferred maketh the (lunar) heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a (zodiac) tree of life

13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be (solar golden) rewarded.

14 The law of the wise is a (Milky Way) fountain of life, to depart from the (red radius) snares of death.

15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of (Gemini) transgressors is hard.

16 Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool (lunar open mouth) layeth open his folly.

"Labour to get knowledge; lest fact and reason reprove thee for thine ignorance." (Lucil.)

17 A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.

18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth (lunar open mouth) instruction: but he that regardeth (red radius) reproof shall be honoured.

19 The desire accomplished is (golden honey) sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

20 He that walketh with wise (Gemini) men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be (lunar grave) destroyed.

"He who frequently converses with others, either in discourse or entertainments, or in any familiar way of living, must necessarily either become like his companions or bring them over to his own way." (Epictetus 3:16)

"Consort not with bad men, but ever cleave to the good: with them eat and drink; sit with them, and please them; of whom there is a large force. For from the good thou shalt learn good, but with the bad, if thou shouldst mix, thou wilt lose even the mind thou hast." (Theogony 31)

"Impious fellowship ... nothing of good is reaped; for when the field Is sown with wrong, the ripened fruit is death." (Aesch. Sept. c. Theb. 597)

"We are not to love a wicked man: for we should not be lovers of wickedness, nor assimilate ourselves to the bad; and it has been stated that like is friendly to like." (Aristotle Eth. 9:3)

"It is impossible to touch a chimney sweep without being a partaker of his soot." (Epict. 3:16)

21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous (solar gold) good shall be repayed.

"If virtue goes beyond an empty name,
Rewards the daring may with justice claim."

22 A good man leaveth an inheritance (solar gold) to his children's children (Gemini): and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

23 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment.

24 He that spareth his (red radius) rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

25 The righteous eateth to the (solar) satisfying of his soul: but the (lunar) belly of the wicked shall want.

14:1 Every wise woman buildeth her (red radius) house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.

"Those who are depraved cannot endure that the virtues should be exalted in their presence." (Max. Tyr. diss. 29)
"Socrates encountered the envy and hatred of those who rose against him, from their rage against things excellent." (Max. Tyr. diss. 39)
"Every one that doeth evil hateth the light." (John 3:20)
"Ye shall be hated of all men for my sake." (Matt. 10:22)

"Every madman thinks that all the rest of the world is mad." -- Latin proverb

"By few a madman he is thought,
For half mankind the same disease have caught." -- Horace

"All seems infected that the infected spy,
As all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye." -- Pope

"Evil things ... are to the unjust good, but evil to the just: and good things to the good are really good, but evil to the evil." (p.528, Eusebius, Prep. For Gospel)

3 In the (lunar open) mouth of the foolish is a (red radius) rod of pride: but the (lunar) lips of the wise shall preserve them.

4 Where no (Taurus) oxen are, the crib is clean: but much (solar gold) increase is by the strength of the (Taurus) ox.

5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will (lunar open mouth) utter lies.

6 A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the (lunar) lips of knowledge.

8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

"Smooth are his words, his voice as honey sweet,
Yet war is in his heart, and dark deceit!" (Mosch.Idyl. 14)

"Who dares think one thing, and another tell,
My heart detests him as the gates of hell." (Homer's Iliad 9:311).

"No more with empty phrase and speeches fine
Seek to delude me; let your heart be mine;
Your friendship or your enmity declare
In a decided form, open and fair:
An enemy disguised, a friend in show,
I like him better, Kurnus, as a foe." (Theogony 87)

9 Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.

10 The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his (lunar crescent smiling) joy.

11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the (red radius) tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

13 Even in (lunar open mouth) laughter the heart is (frowning crescent) sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

14 The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.

"The life of a good man is not at all in want of pleasure, as a certain appendage; but contains pleasure in itself; for he is not a good man who does not rejoice in beautiful actions; and actions according to virtue will be in themselves delectable." (Aristotle Eth. 1:8)

15 The simple believeth every (lunar ear) word: but the prudent man (lunar eye) looketh well to his going.

16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

17 He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.

18 The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are (solar golden) crowned with knowledge.

19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the (solar golden) gates of the righteous.

20 The poor is hated even of his own neighbour: but the rich hath many friends.

"When smiling Fortune spreads her golden ray,
All crowd around to flatter and obey:
But when she thunders from an angry sky,
Our friends, our flatterers, and our lovers fly." -- Ovid

21 He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

22 Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.

23 In all labour there is (solar golden) profit: but the (red radius) talk of the (lunar) lips tendeth only to penury.

24 The (solar golden) crown of the wise is their riches: but the (lunacy) foolishness of fools is folly.

25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness (lunar open mouth) speaketh lies.

26 In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his (Gemini) children shall have a place of refuge.

27 The fear of the Lord is a (Milky Way) fountain of life, to depart from the (red radius) snares of death.

28 In the multitude of (Gemini) people is the king's honour: but in the want of people is the (lunar grave) destruction of the prince.

29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

30 A sound (lunar) heart is the life of the flesh: but (lunar black) envy the rottenness of the (lunar white) bones.

"Things are consumed and corrupted, each by its own particular evil; and the destroyer of every thing is contained within itself; as for instance, rust in iron, if you reflect; the worm or dry-rot in wood, the moth in garments. Thus envy ... will cause atrophy and consumption; for it is the impious associate of an evil mind." (Menander)

31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his (Shekinah) Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the (Gemini) poor.

32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his (lunar grave) death.

33 Wisdom resteth in the (lunar) heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of (Gemini) fools is made known.

34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any (Gemini) people.

"If the inhabitants have good morals I think the city is properly fortified; but if vices prevail there, a hundred walls would be of no avail for preserving its interests." (Plaut. Pers. act 4 scene 4)

35 The king's favour is toward a wise servant: but his wrath is against him that causeth (red radius) shame.

15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous (lunar open mouth) words stir up anger.

"One of the maxims of the Pythagoreans was -- not to stir the fire with a sword." (The meaning of which was -- not to irritate an angry man.) (Plutarch Num. 14)

"To overcome enemies by kindness and just treatment, affords not a less, but a greater benefit than overpowering them by force of arms." (Polybius 5)

2 The (lunar) tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

3 The (lunar and solar) eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the (lunar) evil and the (solar) good.

The gods "Curious oft of human actions, deign
In human form to round the earth and main,
Just and unjust recording in their mind,
And with sure eyes inspecting all mankind." (Homer's Odyss. 17:485)

4 A wholesome (lunar) tongue is a (zodiac) tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

5 A fool despiseth his (Pollux) father's instruction: but he that regardeth (lunar open mouth) reproof is prudent.

6 In the (red radius) house of the righteous is much (solar golden) treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is (lunar) trouble.

7 The (lunar) lips of the wise disperse (solar golden) knowledge: but the (lunar) heart of the foolish doeth not so.

8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination (Canis Minor or Major) to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his (solar golden) delight.

"Let not the wicked dare to think of appeasing the anger of the gods by gifts." (Cicero de leg. 2:9)

9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after (solar golden) righteousness.

10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall (lunar grave) die.

11 Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the (lunar) hearts of the (Gemini) children of men?

12 A scorner loveth not one that (lunar open mouth) reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

13 A merry heart maketh a (lunar crescent smiling) cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the (red radius) spirit is broken.

14 The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh (solar golden) knowledge: but the (lunar open) mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a (lunar crescent smiling) merry heart hath a continual feast.

16 Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great (solar treasure) treasure and (shackles & rope) trouble therewith.

"Choose rather to live religiously with small means, than to be rich, having gotten riches unjustly." (Theogony 145)

"Justice bids her ray divine
Even on the low-roofed cottage shine;
And beams her glories on the life,
That knows no fraud, nor ruffian strife.
The gorgious glare of gold, obtained
By foul polluted hands, disdained
She leaves, and with averted eyes,
To humbler, holier dwellings flies;
And looking through the times to come,
Assigns each deed its righteous doom." (Aesch. Agam. 773)

17 Better is a dinner of (Milky Way) herbs where love is, than a (red radius) stalled (Taurus) ox and hatred therewith.

"O fools, they know not in their selfish soul,
How far the half is better than the whole" (Hesiod oper. et dies, 40)

18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of (lunar crescent) thorns: but the way of the righteous is made (solar golden) plain.

20 A wise son maketh a (lunar smiling crescent) glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

21 Folly is (lunar smiling crescent) joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh (solar golden) uprightly.

22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

23 A man hath joy by the answer of his (lunar crescent) mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

24 The way of (solar golden) life is above to the wise, that he may depart from (lunar grave) hell beneath.

25 The Lord will destroy the (red radius) house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

26 The (lunar black) thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord: but the words of the pure are pleasant (golden) words.

27 He that is greedy of (solar golden) gain troubleth his own (red radius) house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

28 The (lunar) heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the (lunar) mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

29 The (Shekinah) Lord is far from the wicked: but he (lunar ear) heareth the (lunar open mouth) prayer of the righteous.

30 The (solar golden) light of the (lunar) eyes (lunar crescent) rejoiceth the (lunar) heart: and a good report maketh the (lunar white) bones fat.

31 The (lunar) ear that heareth the (lunar open mouth) reproof of life abideth among the wise.

32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that (lunar ear) heareth reproof getteth understanding.

33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of (solar golden) wisdom; and before honour is humility.

16:1 The preparations of the (lunar) heart in man, and the answer of the (lunar) tongue, is from the Lord.

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own (lunar) eyes; but the Lord (red radius balance) weigheth the spirits.

3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

4 The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

5 Every one that is proud in (lunar) heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord (Gemini) men depart from evil.

7 When a man's ways (lunar smiling crescent) please the (Shekinah) Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousness than great (solar golden) revenues without right.

9 A man's (lunar) heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

"Human wisdom knows no more how to choose the best, than one who should determine to act as chance and the lot shall decide. The gods, who are eternal, know all things ... and when men consult them, they signify to those to whom they are propitious (favorable), what they ought to do, and what to leave undone." (Xenophen Cyrop. 1:6)

10 A divine sentence is in the (lunar) lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.

11 A just (brass) weight and (red radius) balance are the Lord's: all the weights of the (lunar) bag are his work.

12 It is an abomination to (Cepheus) kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

13 Righteous (lunar) lips are the delight of (Cepheus) kings; and they love him that (lunar open mouth) speaketh right.

14 The wrath of a (Cepheus) king is as (Gemini) messengers of (lunar grave) death: but a wise man will pacify it.

15 In the (solar golden) light of the (Cepheus) king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a (Milky Way) cloud of the latter rain.

16 How much better is it to get wisdom than (solar) gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than (lunar) silver!

"The bard of every age and clime,
Of genius fruitful, ardent and sublime,
Who, from the glowing mint of fancy, pours
No spurious metal, fused from common ores,
But gold, to matchless purity refined,
And stamped with inspiration in his mind." -- Juvenal

"Silver is of less value than gold, gold is of less value than virtue" -- Horace

17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

18 Pride goeth before (lunar grave) destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

"When you see any one highly elated, glorying in his birth and riches, and exalting himself above measure, you may expect to see a sudden retribution. The higher he soars, the greater will be his fall." (Menander Spud Stob 22)

19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the (Gemini) lowly, than to divide the (solar) spoil with the (Cepheus) proud.

20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find (golden) good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, (lunar smiling crescent) happy is he.

21 The wise in (lunar) heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the (lunar) lips increaseth learning.

22 Understanding is a (Solar golden) wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of (Gemini) fools is (lunar) folly.

23 The (lunar) heart of the wise teacheth his (lunar) mouth, and addeth learning to his (lunar) lips.

24 Pleasant words are as an (golden solar) honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the (lunar) bones.

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of (lunar grave) death.

26 He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his (lunar) mouth craveth it of him.

27 An ungodly man (lunar shovel) diggeth up evil: and in his (lunar) lips there is as a (solar golden) burning fire.

28 A froward man soweth strife: and a (lunar openmouth) whisperer separateth chief (Gemini) friends.

29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

30 He shutteth his (lunar) eyes to devise froward things: moving his (lunar) lips he bringeth evil to pass.

31 The hoary head is a (solar golden) crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

"A hoary head with sense combined,
Claims veneration from mankind:
But if with follyu joined, it bears
The badge of ignominious years." (Philo, apud Anthol. Graec.)

"As law and custom have always appointed to kings a crown or diadem upon their heads, so nature has given to old men the whirte head and hoary beard as honorable tokens of their right to command, and of their preeminence above others." (Plutarch de sen. rep. tract. 10)

32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

"Anger's fitful madness; rein thy mind;
Subdue the tyrant, and in fetters bind" (Hor. 1:2)

33 The (lunar) lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the (Shekinah) Lord.

17:1 Better is a dry (lunar) morsel, and quietness therewith, than an (red radius) house full of (Taurus-Aries) sacrifices with strife.

2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth (red radius) shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the (Gemini) brethren.

3 The (lunar) fining pot is for (lunar) silver, and the furnace for (solar) gold: but the Lord trieth the (lunar) hearts.

4 A wicked doer giveth heed to false (lunar) lips; and a liar giveth (lunar) ear to a naughty (lunar) tongue.

5 Whoso (lunar open mouth) mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is (lunar crescent smiling) glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

"It never was our guise
To slight the poor, or aught humane despise;
For Jove unfolds our hospitable door!
Tis Jove that sends the stranger and the poor." (Odyss. 14:56)

6 Children's (Gemini) children are the (solar golden) crown of old (Gemini) men; and the (solar golden) glory of (Gemini) children are their (Gemini) fathers.

"Childrden are a man's crown." (Homer's Epigr. 13)

7 Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying (lunar) lips a (Cepheus) prince.

8 A gift is as a precious (solar) stone in the (lunar) eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth.

9 He that covereth a (lunar) transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very (Gemini) friends.

10 A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred (red radius) stripes into a fool.

11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.

12 Let a (Ursa Major) bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

13 Whoso rewardeth (lunar) evil for (solar golden) good, evil shall not depart from his (red radius) house.

14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.

15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.

16 Wherefore is there a (solar golden) price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no (lunar) heart to it?

17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

"Judge of your friends in the misfortunes of life, and their voluntary sharing of danger; for we prove gold by fire; but we know best our real friends in affliction and distress." (Isocr. Orat. 1)

"Gold is proved by fire; and the day of necessity discovers the true friend." (Menand. apud Stob. 114)

18 A man void of understanding striketh hands, and becometh surety in the presence of his friend.

19 He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh (lunar grave) destruction.

20 He that hath a froward (lunar) heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse (lunar) tongue falleth into mischief.

21 He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no (lunar) joy.

22 A (lunar smiling crescent) merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the (lunar) bones.

23 A wicked man taketh a (solar) gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the (lunar) eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.

26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

27 He that hath knowledge (lunar mouth) spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his (lunar) lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all (solar golden) wisdom.

2 A fool hath no delight in (golden) understanding, but that his (lunar) heart may discover itself.

3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.

4 The words of a man's (lunar) mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of (solar golden) wisdom as a flowing brook.

5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

6 A fool's (lunar) lips enter into contention, and his (lunar) mouth calleth for (red radius) strokes.

7 A fool's (lunar) mouth is his destruction, and his (lunar) lips are the (red radius) snare of his soul.

8 The words of a (lunar open mouth) talebearer are as (red radius) wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the (lunar) belly.

9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.

10 The name of the Lord is a strong (Milky Way) tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

11 The rich man's (solar golden) wealth is his strong city, and as an high (Milky Way) wall in his own conceit.

12 Before (lunar grave) destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before (solar golden) honour is humility.

13 He that (lunar open mouth) answereth a matter before he (lunar ear) heareth it, it is folly and (red radius) shame unto him.

14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a (red radius) wounded spirit who can bear?

15 The (lunar) heart of the prudent getteth (solar golden) knowledge; and the (lunar) ear of the wise seeketh (solar golden) knowledge.

16 A man's (solar golden) gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great (Gemini) men.

17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

18 The (lunar) lot causeth contentions to cease, and parteth between the (Gemini) mighty.

19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the (red radius) bars of a castle.

20 A man's (lunar) belly shall be satisfied with the (solar) fruit of his (lunar) mouth; and with the increase of his (lunar) lips shall he be filled.

21 Death and life are in the power of the (lunar) tongue: and they that love it shall eat the (solar) fruit thereof.

22 Whoso findeth a (Pollux) wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth (solar) favour of the Lord.

23 The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly.

24 A man that hath friends must shew himself (lunar crescent smiling) friendly: and there is a (Gemini) friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

19:1 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his (lunar) lips, and is a fool.

"It is better to be honestly poor than unjustly rich." (Antiph. frag. 9)

2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his (lunar) heart fretteth against the (Shekinah) Lord.

4 Wealth maketh many (Gemini) friends; but the (Andromeda) poor is separated from his neighbour.

5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

6 Many will intreat the favour of the (Cepheus) prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth (solar golden) gifts.

"Gifts, they say, persuade even the gods; and gold is more powerful with men than a thousand arguments." (Eurip. Med. 964)

"Believe me, gifts persuade both men and gods." (Ovid de art. amand. 3:635)

7 All the (Gemini) brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his (Gemini) friends go far from him? he pursueth them with (lunar open mouth) words, yet they are wanting to him.

"It is difficult to find the kinsman of a poor man; no one will confess relationship with him who is in need; for he fears to be asked for something." (Menand. ap. Stob. 10)

8 He that getteth (solar golden) wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth (solar golden) understanding shall find good.

9 A false (lunar open mouth) witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall (lunar grave) perish.

10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over (Gemini) princes.

11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

12 The (Cepheus) king's wrath is as the roaring of a (Ursa Major) lion; but his favour is as (lunar) dew upon the (Milky Way green) grass.

13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

"I know not whether it be better for a man to have children about him, or to grow old without any offspring. I see that those who are without sons are unhappy; but the happiness of parents is often no greater; for children of wicked dispositions and habits are a dreadful infliction." (Eurip. Econ. ap. Stob. 74)

14 House (red radius) and (solar golden) riches are the inheritance of (Gemini) fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.

15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

17 He that hath pity upon the (Andromeda) poor (solar golden) lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

"The riches you give away are the only riches you will possess forever." (Mart. 5 epigr. 42)

18 Chasten thy (Castor) son while there is hope, and let not thy (Pollux) soul spare for his (star tear drops rotating down) crying.

19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

20 Hear counsel, and (lunar ear) receive instruction, that thou mayest be (solar golden) wise in thy latter end.

21 There are many devices in a man's (lunar) heart; nevertheless the counsel of the (Shekinah) Lord, that shall stand.

22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to (solar golden) life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with (lunar) evil.

24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his (lunar) bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his (lunar) mouth again.

25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and (lunar open mouth) reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

26 He that wasteth his (Pollux) father, and chaseth away his (Castor) mother, is a son that causeth (red radius) shame, and bringeth reproach.

27 Cease, my son, to (lunar) hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of (solar golden) knowledge.

28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the (lunar) mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and (red radius) stripes for the back of (Gemini) fools.

20:1 Wine is a (lunar open mouth) mocker, strong (solar) drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

"Inflaming wine, pernicious to mankind,
Unnerves the limbs, and dulls the noble mind." (Homer's Iliad 5:263)

"Wine can of their wits the wise beguile,
Make the sage frolic, and the serious smile,
The grave in merry measures frisk about,
And many a long-neglected word bring out." (Homer's Odyss 14:463)

2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a (Ursa Major) lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

6 Most (Gemini) men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his (Gemini) children are (solar golden) blessed after him.

8 A (Cepheus) king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his (lunar and solar) eyes.

9 Who can say, I have made my (lunar) heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

10 Divers (lunar and solar) weights, and divers (red radius) measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.

11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

12 The (lunar) hearing ear, and the (lunar) seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.

13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine (lunar and solar) eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with (lunar or solar) bread.

14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he (lunar open mouth) boasteth.

15 There is (solar) gold, and a multitude of (red radius) rubies: but the (lunar) lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his (lunar) mouth shall be filled with gravel.

18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good (lunar open mouth) advice make war.

19 He that goeth about as a (lunar open mouth) talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his (lunar) lips.

20 Whoso curseth his (Pollux) father or his (Castor) mother, his (solar) lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

21 An inheritance (solar golden) may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.

23 Divers (lunar & solar) weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false (red radius) balance is not good.

24 Man's goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?

25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is (solar golden) holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

26 A wise (Cepheus) king scattereth the (Gemini) wicked, and bringeth the (lunar) wheel over them.

"He who spares the bad, injures the good." -- Publius Syrus

Tender-handed touch a nettle,
And it stings you for your pains;
Grasp it like a man of mettle,
And it soft as silk remains.

So it is with common natures,
Treat them gently, they rebel;
But be rough as nutmeg-graters,
And the rogues obey you well. -- Aaron Hill

27 The spirit of man is the (red radius solar flame) candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the (lunar) belly.

28 Mercy and truth preserve the (Cepheus) king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

29 The glory of young (Gemini) men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the (lunar) grey head.

"Do not thou despise
The admonitions of the old and wise;
For age, though scorned, a ripe experience bears,
That golden fruit, unknown to blooming years."
(Ovid Metamorphosis 6:28)

30 The blueness of a (red radius) wound cleanseth away evil: so do (red radius) stripes the inward parts of the (lunar) belly.

21:1 The (Cepheus) king's (lunar) heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

2 Every way of a man is right in his own (lunar & solar) eyes: but the Lord pondereth the (lunar) hearts.

3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

4 An high look, and a proud (lunar) heart, and the (lunar red radius) plowing of the wicked, is sin.

5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to (solar golden) plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

6 The getting of (solar golden) treasures by a lying (lunar) tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek (lunar grave) death.

7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.

8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.

9 It is better to (Cepheus) dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide (red radius) house.

10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his (lunar or solar) eyes.

11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is (lunar mouth) instructed, he receiveth knowledge.

12 The righteous man wisely considereth the (red radius) house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.

13 Whoso stoppeth his (lunar) ears at the (lunar open mouth) cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be (lunar) heard.

"Once I enjoyed the luxury of state
Whatever gives man the envied name of great;
Wealth, servants, friends were mine in better days,
And hospitality was then my praise;
In every sorrowing soul I poured delight,
And poverty stood smiling in my sight."
(Homer's Odyssey 17:419)

14 A gift in secret pacifieth (lunar) anger: and a (solar golden) reward in the bosom strong (lunar) wrath.

15 It is (lunar crescent smiling) joy to the just to do judgment: but (lunar grave) destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.

17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth (solar) wine and (solar) oil shall not be (solar golden) rich.

18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.

19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.

20 There is (solar golden) treasure to be desired and (solar golden) oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.

21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

23 Whoso keepeth his (lunar open) mouth and his (lunar) tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.

25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.

26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is (Canis Minor & Major) abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?

28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that (lunar ear) heareth speaketh constantly.

29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.

30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.

31 The (Pegasus) horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the (solar golden) Lord.


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