It is senseless to give a pledge, to become surety for a neighbor.
One who loves transgression loves strife; one who builds a high threshold invites broken bones.
The crooked of mind do not prosper, and the perverse of tongue fall into calamity.
The one who begets a fool gets trouble; the parent of a fool has no joy.
A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.
The wicked accept a concealed bribe to pervert the ways of justice.
The discerning person looks to wisdom, but the eyes of a fool to the ends of the earth.
Foolish children are a grief to their father and bitterness to her who bore them.
To impose a fine on the innocent is not right, or to flog the noble for their integrity.
One who spares words is knowledgeable; one who is cool in spirit has understanding.
Even fools who keep silent are considered wise; when they close their lips, they are deemed intelligent.