Good sense wins favor, but the way of the faithless is their ruin.
In everything a prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.
A bad messenger plunges men into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing.
Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but he who heeds reproof is honored.
A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul; but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.
He who walks with wise men becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Misfortune pursues sinners, but prosperity rewards the righteous.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous.
The fallow ground of the poor yields much food, but it is swept away through injustice.
He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.
The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.
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)