The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,1 but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.212
Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.313
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning,4 but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.514
Wise men store up knowledge,6 but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.715
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city,8 but poverty is the ruin of the poor.916
The wages of the righteous bring them life,10 but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.1117
He who heeds discipline shows the way to life,12 but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
He who conceals his hatred has lying lips,13 and whoever spreads slander is a fool.
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.1420
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver, but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment.15