A short, popular saying that communicates a familiar truth or observation in an expressive and easily remembered form. The term is applied to a variety of sayings in the Bible. The most common example is the folk saying drawn from human experience and characterized by picturesque, insightful, witty, or even amusing comment on human behavior or experience (Prov 16:18; Prov 27:15; Prov 29:2; Luke 4:23). Many biblical proverbs, however, are not simply maxims or truisms but express religious and ethical interpretations of Israelite faith (Prov 3:1-12; Prov 27-35:1; Prov 6:16-19; Prov 14:12).

Prov 16:18

18Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Prov 27:15

15A continual dripping on a rainy day
and a contentious wife are alike;

Prov 29:2

2When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Luke 4:23

23He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we ha ... View more

Prov 3:1-12

Admonition to Trust and Honor God
1My child, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;2for length of days and years of life
and abunda ... View more

Prov 27-35:1

1Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.2Let another praise you, and not your own mouth—
a stranger, and not your own lips.3A sto ... View more

Prov 6:16-19

16There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:17haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,18a heart th ... View more

Prov 14:12

12There is a way that seems right to a person,
but its end is the way to death.

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