The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, but the Lord tests the heart.
An evildoer listens to wicked lips; and a liar gives heed to a mischievous tongue.
Those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who are glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their parents.
Fine speech is not becoming to a fool; still less is false speech to a ruler. a8
A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of those who give it; wherever they turn they prosper.
One who forgives an affront fosters friendship, but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend.
A rebuke strikes deeper into a discerning person than a hundred blows into a fool.
Evil people seek only rebellion, but a cruel messenger will be sent against them.
Better to meet a she-bear robbed of its cubs than to confront a fool immersed in folly.
Evil will not depart from the house of one who returns evil for good.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (New Revised Standard Bible Version Online)