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.
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)