When a wicked man dies, his hope perishes;1 all he expected from his power comes to nothing.28
The righteous man is rescued from trouble, and it comes on the wicked instead.39
With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous escape.410
When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;5 when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.611
Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,7 but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.812
A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor,9 but a man of understanding holds his tongue.1013
A gossip betrays a confidence,11 but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.1214
For lack of guidance a nation falls,13 but many advisers make victory sure.1415
He who puts up security15 for another will surely suffer, but whoever refuses to strike hands in pledge is safe.1616
A kindhearted woman gains respect,17 but ruthless men gain only wealth.
A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.