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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.


A friend loveth at all times.

A good man shall be satisfied from himself.

A merciful man is merciful to his beast.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

A still, small voice.

A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.

A word spoken in due season, how good is it?

A wounded spirit who can bear?

Anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Art not thou a man?

As the man is, so is his strength.

As thy days, so shall thy strength be.

As water spilt upon the ground, which cannot be gathered up again.

Ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein.

Be not righteous overmuch.

Be strong, and quit yourselves like men.

Be sure your sin will find you out.

Before honour is humility.

Better to get wisdom than gold.

Blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it.

Blessed is he that considereth the poor.

Blessings are upon the head of the just.

Bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to the grave.

Buy the truth, and sell it not.

By pride cometh contention.

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?

Cast thy bread upon the waters, for thou shalt find it after many days.

Darkness which may be felt.

Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from the ancient times the things that are not yet done.

Deep calleth unto deep.

Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.

Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.

Establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise.

Every fool will be meddling.

Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.

Every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Every wise woman buildeth her house, but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

Evil men understand not judgment, but they that seek the Lord understand all things.

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it; except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain.

Faithful are the wounds of a friend.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

Fear God and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.

Fearfully and wonderfully made.

Fools make a mock at sin.

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.

For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; for there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

God created man in his own image.

God is great, and we know Him not; neither can the number of His years be searched out.

God is greater than man.

God is in heaven, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few.

God is in the generation of the righteous.

God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath He said it, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?

God made man upright, but they have sought out many inventions.

God said, Let there be light; and there was light.

Great men are not always wise.

Grind the faces of the poor.

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

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

He giveth His beloved sleep.

He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the Lord.

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

He that believeth shall not make haste.

He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.

He that hateth gifts shall live.

He that hath knowledge spareth his words.

He that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth to the Lord.

He that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

He that is ready to slip is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.

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

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding.

He that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man.

He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase.

He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

He that meddleth with strife belonging not to him is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.

He that ruleth among men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread.

He that walketh uprightly walks surely.

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise; but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow.

Hell and destruction are never full, so the eyes of men are never satisfied.

Her sun is gone down while it was yet day.

Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further; and here shall thy proud waves be stayed.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.

How forcible are right words!

How long halt ye between two opinions?

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

If I ascend up into heaven. Thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold Thou art there; if I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.

If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?

If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.

If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?

If thou seest the oppression of the poor,… marvel not at the matter: for He that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.

In much wisdom is much grief, and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.

In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin.

In the place where the tree falleth, there it shall lie.

In the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat thy bread.

In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Is there evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife.

It is as sport to a fool to do mischief.

It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting.

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools.

It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Jealousy is cruel as the grave; the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Jealousy is the rage of a man.

Jeshurun waxed fat and kicked.

Judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

Just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Justice and judgment are the habitation of God’s throne.

Keep my judgments and do them.

Keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

Keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother.

Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear than to give the sacrifice of fools.

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.

Lend, hoping for nothing again.

Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee.

Let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few.

Let thine eyes look right on.

Let thy words be few.

Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

Love is strong as death. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.

Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty.

Lying lips are an abomination unto the Lord.

Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Man, that is born of a woman, is of few days, and full of trouble.

Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.

Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

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

Much food is in the tillage of the poor.

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord.

Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

One sinner destroyeth much good.

Only by pride cometh contention; but with the well-advised is wisdom.

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb; sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Power belongeth unto God.

Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Prisoners of hope.

Put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men; for better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth.

Remove not the ancient land-mark.

Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.

Riches profit not in the day of wrath.

Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.

Righteousness keepeth him that is upright in the way.

Rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man.

Rob not the poor, because he is poor.

Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.

Seeing the root of the matter is found in me.

Seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Shall horses run upon the rock? Will one plough there with oxen?

Shall we receive good at the hands of the Lord, and shall we not receive evil?

She (Wisdom) is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.

Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.

Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein.

Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

Surety men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie; to be laid in the balance they are altogether lighter than vanity.

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her, for she is thy life.

Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon.

That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been.

That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

That which is in the midst of fools is made known.

The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways.

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

The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.

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

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

The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

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

The dove found no rest for the sole of her foot.

The effect of righteousness (shall be) quietness and assurance for ever.

The expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.

The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

The fear of the Lord is the fountain of life.

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied.

The full soul loatheth a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.

The gift blindeth the wise and perverteth the words of the righteous.

The glory of children are their fathers.

The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?

The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer; but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil.

The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.

The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.

The inspiration of the Almighty giveth man understanding.

The integrity of the upright shall guide them.

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

The king’s favour is toward a wise servant.

The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

The lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

The law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.

The law of the wise is a fountain of life.

The liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.

The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

The lips of the righteous feed many; but fools die for want of wisdom.

The little that a just man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.

The Lord gave, and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

The Lord is a buckler to all that trust in him.

The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

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

The memory of the just is blessed.

The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.

The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

The poor is hated even of his own neighbour.

The preparations of the heart in man and the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

The price of wisdom is above rubies.

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.

The ransom of a man’s life are his riches.

The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.

The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

The righteous hath hope in his death.

The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them.

The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination.

The secret things belong unto the Lord.

The simple believeth every word.

The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.

The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

The stone which the builders refused has become the head of the corner.

The substance of a diligent man is precious.

The sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.

The tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done.

The thought of foolishness is sin.

The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord.

The throne is established by righteousness.

The tongue of the just is as choice silver.

The upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.

The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord.

The wise in heart shall be called prudent.

The Word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the well-spring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

The work of righteousness shall be peace.

Their strength is to sit still.

There is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

There is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.

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

There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war.

There is no new thing under the sun.

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

There is nothing new under the sun.

There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing; there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

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

There remaineth a rest to the people of God.

There shall no evil happen to the just.

There the wicked case from troubling, and there the weary be at rest.

There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built bulwarks against it. Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city, yet no man remembered that same poor man.

They that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever.

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

They that plough iniquity and sow wickedness reap the same.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

They that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind.

Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn.

Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him.

Though He slay me, I shall yet trust in Him.

Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.

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

To everything there is a season.

Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but justice delivers from death.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Trust in the Lord, and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labour.

Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it.

Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel.

Vain is the help of man.

Vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass’s colt.

Vengeance belongeth unto me; I will recompense, saith the Lord.

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.

Watchman, what of the night?

We are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow.

We must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground which cannot be gathered up again.

We will obey the voice of the Lord our God, that it may be well with us.

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished; but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.

Wealth maketh many friends, but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.

When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

When pride cometh, then cometh shame; but with the lowly is wisdom.

When thy judgments are in the earth the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no tale-bearer, the strife ceaseth.

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil, all the days of her life. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed.

Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

Whoso findeth me (Wisdom) findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.

Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker; and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.

Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression, the same is the companion of a destroyer.

Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.

Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times.

Wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

Wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Wisdom is too high for a fool.

Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding.

Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

Woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.