Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,1 but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.212
A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor,3 but a man of understanding holds his tongue.413
A gossip betrays a confidence,5 but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.614
For lack of guidance a nation falls,7 but many advisers make victory sure.815
He who puts up security9 for another will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is safe.1016
A kindhearted woman gains respect,11 but ruthless men gain only wealth.
A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.
The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.1219
The truly righteous man attains life,13 but he who pursues evil goes to his death.1420
The LORD detests men of perverse heart15 but he delights16 in those whose ways are blameless.1721
Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.18