1Wise son, glad father; stupid son, sad mother.2Ill-gotten gain gets you nowhere; an honest life is immortal.3God won't starve an honest soul, but he frustrates the appetites of the wicked.4Sloth makes you poor; diligence brings wealth.5Make hay while the sun shines - that's smart; go fishing during harvest - that's stupid.6Blessings accrue on a good and honest life, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse.7A good and honest life is a blessed memorial; a wicked life leaves a rotten stench.8A wise heart takes orders; an empty head will come unglued.9Honesty lives confident and carefree, but Shifty is sure to be exposed.10An evasive eye is a sign of trouble ahead, but an open, face-to-face meeting results in peace.11The mouth of a good person is a deep, life-giving well, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse.12Hatred starts fights, but love pulls a quilt over the bickering.13You'll find wisdom on the lips of a person of insight, but the shortsighted needs a slap in the face.14The wise accumulate knowledge - a true treasure; know-it-alls talk too much - a sheer waste. The Road to Life Is a Disciplined Life15The wealth of the rich is their bastion; the poverty of the indigent is their ruin.16The wage of a good person is exuberant life; an evil person ends up with nothing but sin.17The road to life is a disciplined life; ignore correction and you're lost for good.18Liars secretly hoard hatred; fools openly spread slander.19The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words.20The speech of a good person is worth waiting for; the blabber of the wicked is worthless.21The talk of a good person is rich fare for many, but chatterboxes die of an empty heart. Fear-of-God Expands Your Life22God's blessing makes life rich; nothing we do can improve on God.23An empty-head thinks mischief is fun, but a mindful person relishes wisdom.24The nightmares of the wicked come true; what the good people desire, they get.25When the storm is over, there's nothing left of the wicked; good people, firm on their rock foundation, aren't even fazed.26A lazy employee will give you nothing but trouble; it's vinegar in the mouth, smoke in the eyes.27The Fear-of-God expands your life; a wicked life is a puny life.28The aspirations of good people end in celebration; the ambitions of bad people crash.29God is solid backing to a well-lived life, but he calls into question a shabby performance.30Good people last - they can't be moved; the wicked are here today, gone tomorrow.31A good person's mouth is a clear fountain of wisdom; a foul mouth is a stagnant swamp.32The speech of a good person clears the air; the words of the wicked pollute it.
1God hates cheating in the marketplace; he loves it when business is aboveboard.2The stuck-up fall flat on their faces, but down-to-earth people stand firm.3The integrity of the honest keeps them on track; the deviousness of crooks brings them to ruin.4A thick bankroll is no help when life falls apart, but a principled life can stand up to the worst.5Moral character makes for smooth traveling; an evil life is a hard life.6Good character is the best insurance; crooks get trapped in their sinful lust.7When the wicked die, that's it - the story's over, end of hope.8A good person is saved from much trouble; a bad person runs straight into it.9The loose tongue of the godless spreads destruction; the common sense of the godly preserves them.10When it goes well for good people, the whole town cheers; when it goes badly for bad people, the town celebrates.11When right-living people bless the city, it flourishes; evil talk turns it into a ghost town in no time.12Mean-spirited slander is heartless; quiet discretion accompanies good sense.13A gadabout gossip can't be trusted with a secret, but someone of integrity won't violate a confidence.14Without good direction, people lose their way; the more wise counsel you follow, the better your chances.15Whoever makes deals with strangers is sure to get burned; if you keep a cool head, you'll avoid rash bargains.16A woman of gentle grace gets respect, but men of rough violence grab for loot. A God-Shaped Life17When you're kind to others, you help yourself; when you're cruel to others, you hurt yourself.18Bad work gets paid with a bad check; good work gets solid pay.19Take your stand with God's loyal community and live, or chase after phantoms of evil and die.20God can't stand deceivers, but oh how he relishes integrity.21Count on this: The wicked won't get off scot-free, and God's loyal people will triumph.22Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful face on an empty head.23The desires of good people lead straight to the best, but wicked ambition ends in angry frustration.24The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.25The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.26Curses on those who drive a hard bargain! Blessings on all who play fair and square!27The one who seeks good finds delight; the student of evil becomes evil.28A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.29Exploit or abuse your family, and end up with a fistful of air; common sense tells you it's a stupid way to live.30A good life is a fruit-bearing tree; a violent life destroys souls.31If good people barely make it, what's in store for the bad!
1If you love learning, you love the discipline that goes with it - how shortsighted to refuse correction!2A good person basks in the delight of God, and he wants nothing to do with devious schemers.3You can't find firm footing in a swamp, but life rooted in God stands firm.4A hearty wife invigorates her husband, but a frigid woman is cancer in the bones.5The thinking of principled people makes for justice; the plots of degenerates corrupt.6The words of the wicked kill; the speech of the upright saves.7Wicked people fall to pieces - there's nothing to them; the homes of good people hold together.8A person who talks sense is honored; airheads are held in contempt.9Better to be ordinary and work for a living than act important and starve in the process.10Good people are good to their animals; the "good-hearted" bad people kick and abuse them.11The one who stays on the job has food on the table; the witless chase whims and fancies.12What the wicked construct finally falls into ruin, while the roots of the righteous give life, and more life. Wise People Take Advice13The gossip of bad people gets them in trouble; the conversation of good people keeps them out of it.14Well-spoken words bring satisfaction; well-done work has its own reward.15Fools are headstrong and do what they like; wise people take advice.16Fools have short fuses and explode all too quickly; the prudent quietly shrug off insults.17Truthful witness by a good person clears the air, but liars lay down a smoke screen of deceit.18Rash language cuts and maims, but there is healing in the words of the wise.19Truth lasts; lies are here today, gone tomorrow.20Evil scheming distorts the schemer; peace-planning brings joy to the planner.21No evil can overwhelm a good person, but the wicked have their hands full of it.22God can't stomach liars; he loves the company of those who keep their word.23Prudent people don't flaunt their knowledge; talkative fools broadcast their silliness.24The diligent find freedom in their work; the lazy are oppressed by work.25Worry weighs us down; a cheerful word picks us up.26A good person survives misfortune, but a wicked life invites disaster.27A lazy life is an empty life, but "early to rise" gets the job done.28Good men and women travel right into life; sin's detours take you straight to hell.