When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.
A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.
By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.
Those who flatter their neighbors are spreading nets for their feet.
Evildoers are snared by their own sin, but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
Mockers stir up a city, but the wise turn away anger.
If a wise person goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.
The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity and seek to kill the upright.
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.