A wise child heeds a parent's instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.12
From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things,2 but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.
Those who guard their lips3 preserve their lives,4 but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.54
A sluggard's appetite is never filled,6 but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
The righteous hate what is false,7 but the wicked make themselves a stench and are filled with shame.
Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.87
One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;9 another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.108
The rich may be able to ransom their lives, but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.119
The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.1210
Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.1311
Dishonest money dwindles away,14 but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.1513
Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,16 but whoever respects17 a command is rewarded.1814
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,19 turning a person from the snares of death.2015
Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.a16
All who are prudent act withb knowledge, but fools expose21 their folly.2217
A wicked messenger falls into trouble,23 but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.2418
Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame,25 but whoever heeds correction is honored.2619
A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,27 but fools detest turning from evil.
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.2821
Trouble pursues the sinner,29 but the righteous30 are rewarded with good things.3122
Good people leave an inheritance for their children's children, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.3223
An unplowed field produces food for the poor, but injustice sweeps it away.
Those who spare the rod33 hate their children, but those who love them are careful to discipline34 them.3525
The righteous eat to their hearts' content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.36