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.
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)