He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.
The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the faithless.
The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!"
The mouth of a loose woman is a deep pit; he with whom the LORD is angry will fall into it.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
He who oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to want.
Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge;
for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips.
That your trust may be in the LORD, I have made them known to you today, even to you.
Have I not written for you thirty sayings of admonition and knowledge,
to show you what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?
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)