A bribe is like a magic stone in the eyes of him who gives it; wherever he turns he prospers.
He who forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter alienates a friend.
A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool.
An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly.
If a man returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.
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.
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)