For lack of guidance a nation falls,1 but many advisers make victory sure.215
He who puts up security3 for another will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is safe.416
A kindhearted woman gains respect,5 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.619
The truly righteous man attains life,7 but he who pursues evil goes to his death.820
The LORD detests men of perverse heart9 but he delights10 in those whose ways are blameless.1121
Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.1222
Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.
One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.