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.
A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to her who bore him.
To impose a fine on a righteous man is not good; to flog noble men is wrong.
He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
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 w/ Apocrypha)