A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
Whoever strays from the path of prudence comes to rest in the company of the dead.
Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.
The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.
The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.
Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.
One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.
The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name— behaves with insolent fury.