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!
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)