It is like sport to a fool to do wrong, but wise conduct is pleasure to a man of understanding.
What the wicked dreads will come upon him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established for ever.
Like vinegar to the teeth, and smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.
The fear of the LORD prolongs life, but the years of the wicked will be short.
The hope of the righteous ends in gladness, but the expectation of the wicked comes to nought.
The LORD is a stronghold to him whose way is upright, but destruction to evildoers.
The righteous will never be removed, but the wicked will not dwell in the land.
The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but the perverse tongue will be cut off.
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked, what is perverse.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)