The good acquire a taste for helpful conversation; bullies push and shove their way through life.
Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything.
Indolence wants it all and gets nothing; the energetic have something to show for their lives.
A good person hates false talk; a bad person wallows in gibberish.
A God-loyal life keeps you on track; sin dumps the wicked in the ditch.
A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.
The rich can be sued for everything they have, but the poor are free of such threats.
The lives of good people are brightly lit streets; the lives of the wicked are dark alleys.
Arrogant know-it-alls stir up discord, but wise men and women listen to each other's counsel.
Easy come, easy go, but steady diligence pays off.
Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.
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)