The beginning of strife is like letting out water; so quit before the quarrel breaks out.
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the LORD.
Why should a fool have a price in his hand to buy wisdom, when he has no mind?
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
A man without sense gives a pledge, and becomes surety in the presence of his neighbor.
He who loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction.
A man of crooked mind does not prosper, and one with a perverse tongue falls into calamity.
A stupid son is a grief to a father; and the father of a fool has no joy.
A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.
A wicked man accepts a bribe from the bosom to pervert the ways of justice.
A man of understanding sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
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)