The 1refiningpot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But 2the LORDtestshearts.
An 3evildoerlistens to wickedlips; A aliarpaysattention to a destructivetongue.
He who mocks the 4poortaunts his Maker; He who 5rejoices at calamity will not gounpunished.
66Grandchildren are the crown of oldmen, And the 7glory of sons is their fathers.
7b8Excellentspeech is not fitting for a fool, Muchless are 9lyinglips to a prince.
A 10bribe is a ccharm in the sight of its owner; Wherever he turns, he prospers.
He who 11conceals a transgressionseekslove, But he who repeats a matter12separatesintimatefriends.
A rebukegoesdeeper into one who hasunderstandingThan a hundredblows into a fool.
A rebelliousmanseeksonlyevil, So a cruelmessenger will be sent against him.
Let a 13manmeet a 14bearrobbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.
He who 15returnsevil for good, 16Evil will not depart from his house.