The king is pleased with righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly.
The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise do what they can to appease it.
When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a gentle rain.
How much better to get wisdom than gold, and understanding than silver!
The path of the upright leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe.
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
It is better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud.
Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the LORD will be happy.
The wise are known for their understanding, and instruction is appreciated if it's well presented.
Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on fools.
From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)