The righteous hate falsehood, but the wicked act shamefully and disgracefully.
Righteousness guards one whose way is upright, but sin overthrows the wicked.
Some pretend to be rich, yet have nothing; others pretend to be poor, yet have great wealth.
Wealth is a ransom for a person's life, but the poor get no threats.
The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked goes out.
By insolence the heedless make strife, but wisdom is with those who take advice.
Wealth hastily gotten a will dwindle, but those who gather little by little will increase it.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
Those who despise the word bring destruction on themselves, but those who respect the commandment will be rewarded.
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, so that one may avoid the snares of death.
Good sense wins favor, but the way of the faithless is their ruin. b
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