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.
Ignore the Word and suffer; honor God's commands and grow rich.
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, so, no more drinking from death-tainted wells!
Sound thinking makes for gracious living, but liars walk a rough road.
A commonsense person lives good sense; fools litter the country with silliness.
Irresponsible talk makes a real mess of things, but a reliable reporter is a healing presence.
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)