Wise son, glad father; stupid son, sad mother.
Ill-gotten gain gets you nowhere; an honest life is immortal.
God won't starve an honest soul, but he frustrates the appetites of the wicked.
Sloth makes you poor; diligence brings wealth.
Make hay while the sun shines - that's smart; go fishing during harvest - that's stupid.
Blessings accrue on a good and honest life, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse.
A good and honest life is a blessed memorial; a wicked life leaves a rotten stench.
A wise heart takes orders; an empty head will come unglued.
Honesty lives confident and carefree, but Shifty is sure to be exposed.
An evasive eye is a sign of trouble ahead, but an open, face-to-face meeting results in peace.
The mouth of a good person is a deep, life-giving well, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse.
Hatred starts fights, but love pulls a quilt over the bickering.
You'll find wisdom on the lips of a person of insight, but the shortsighted needs a slap in the face.
The wise accumulate knowledge - a true treasure; know-it-alls talk too much - a sheer waste. The Road to Life Is a Disciplined Life
The wealth of the rich is their bastion; the poverty of the indigent is their ruin.
The wage of a good person is exuberant life; an evil person ends up with nothing but sin.
The road to life is a disciplined life; ignore correction and you're lost for good.
Liars secretly hoard hatred; fools openly spread slander.
The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.
The speech of a good person is worth waiting for; the blabber of the wicked is worthless.
The talk of a good person is rich fare for many, but chatterboxes die of an empty heart. Fear-of-God Expands Your Life
God's blessing makes life rich; nothing we do can improve on God.
An empty-head thinks mischief is fun, but a mindful person relishes wisdom.
The nightmares of the wicked come true; what the good people desire, they get.
When the storm is over, there's nothing left of the wicked; good people, firm on their rock foundation, aren't even fazed.
A lazy employee will give you nothing but trouble; it's vinegar in the mouth, smoke in the eyes.
The Fear-of-God expands your life; a wicked life is a puny life.
The aspirations of good people end in celebration; the ambitions of bad people crash.
God is solid backing to a well-lived life, but he calls into question a shabby performance.
Good people last - they can't be moved; the wicked are here today, gone tomorrow.
A good person's mouth is a clear fountain of wisdom; a foul mouth is a stagnant swamp.
The speech of a good person clears the air; the words of the wicked pollute it.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)