When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;1 when the wicked rule,2 the people groan.33
A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,4 but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.54
By justice a king gives a country stability,6 but one who is greedy for bribes tears it down.
Whoever flatters his neighbor is spreading a net for his feet.76
An evil man is snared by his own sin,8 but a righteous one can sing and be glad.
The righteous care about justice for the poor,9 but the wicked have no such concern.
Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.109
If a wise man goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.
Bloodthirsty men hate a man of integrity and seek to kill the upright.1111
A fool gives full vent to his anger,12 but a wise man keeps himself under control.1312
If a ruler14 listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.15