He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction.
A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble.
To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.1
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A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed2 spirit dries up the bones.3
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A wicked man accepts a bribe4 in secret to pervert the course of justice.5
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A discerning man keeps wisdom in view, but a fool's eyes6 wander to the ends of the earth.
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A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the one who bore him.7
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It is not good to punish an innocent man,8 or to flog officials for their integrity.
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A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,9 and a man of understanding is even-tempered.10
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Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.11
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