With his mouth the godless man would destroy his neighbor, but by knowledge the righteous are delivered.
When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness.
By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
He who belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.
He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing hidden.
Where there is no guidance, a people falls; but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
He who gives surety for a stranger will smart for it, but he who hates suretyship is secure.
A gracious woman gets honor, and violent men get riches.
A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.
A wicked man earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.
He who is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die.
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)