Lady Wisdom builds a lovely home; Sir Fool comes along and tears it down brick by brick.
An honest life shows respect for God; a degenerate life is a slap in his face.
Frivolous talk provokes a derisive smile; wise speech evokes nothing but respect.
No cattle, no crops; a good harvest requires a strong ox for the plow.
A true witness never lies; a false witness makes a business of it.
Cynics look high and low for wisdom - and never find it; the open-minded find it right on their doorstep!
Escape quickly from the company of fools; they're a waste of your time, a waste of your words.
The wisdom of the wise keeps life on track; the foolishness of fools lands them in the ditch.
The stupid ridicule right and wrong, but a moral life is a favored life.
The person who shuns the bitter moments of friends will be an outsider at their celebrations.
Lives of careless wrongdoing are tumbledown shacks; holy living builds soaring cathedrals.
There's a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again - it leads straight to hell.
Sure, those people appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak. Sift and Weigh Every Word
A mean person gets paid back in meanness, a gracious person in grace.
The gullible believe anything they're told; the prudent sift and weigh every word.
The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless.
The hotheaded do things they'll later regret; the coldhearted get the cold shoulder.
Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion; wise realists plant their feet on the ground.
Eventually, evil will pay tribute to good; the wicked will respect God-loyal people.
An unlucky loser is shunned by all, but everyone loves a winner.
It's criminal to ignore a neighbor in need, but compassion for the poor - what a blessing!
Isn't it obvious that conspirators lose out, while the thoughtful win love and trust?
Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table.
The wise accumulate wisdom; fools get stupider by the day.
Souls are saved by truthful witness and betrayed by the spread of lies.
The Fear-of-God builds up confidence, and makes a world safe for your children.
The Fear-of-God is a spring of living water so you won't go off drinking from poisoned wells.
The mark of a good leader is loyal followers; leadership is nothing without a following.
Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity.
A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones.
You insult your Maker when you exploit the powerless; when you're kind to the poor, you honor God.
The evil of bad people leaves them out in the cold; the integrity of good people creates a safe place for living.
Lady Wisdom is at home in an understanding heart - fools never even get to say hello.
God-devotion makes a country strong; God-avoidance leaves people weak.
Diligent work gets a warm commendation; shiftless work earns an angry rebuke.
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)