1Intelligent children listen to their parents; foolish children do their own thing.2The good acquire a taste for helpful conversation; bullies push and shove their way through life.3Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything.4Indolence wants it all and gets nothing; the energetic have something to show for their lives.5A good person hates false talk; a bad person wallows in gibberish.6A God-loyal life keeps you on track; sin dumps the wicked in the ditch.7A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.8The rich can be sued for everything they have, but the poor are free of such threats.9The lives of good people are brightly lit streets; the lives of the wicked are dark alleys.10Arrogant know-it-alls stir up discord, but wise men and women listen to each other's counsel.11Easy come, easy go, but steady diligence pays off.12Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.13Ignore the Word and suffer; honor God's commands and grow rich.14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, so, no more drinking from death-tainted wells!15Sound thinking makes for gracious living, but liars walk a rough road.16A commonsense person lives good sense; fools litter the country with silliness.17Irresponsible talk makes a real mess of things, but a reliable reporter is a healing presence.18Refuse discipline and end up homeless; embrace correction and live an honored life.19Souls who follow their hearts thrive; fools bent on evil despise matters of soul.20Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.21Disaster entraps sinners, but God-loyal people get a good life.22A good life gets passed on to the grandchildren; ill-gotten wealth ends up with good people.23Banks foreclose on the farms of the poor, or else the poor lose their shirts to crooked lawyers.24A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them.25An appetite for good brings much satisfaction, but the belly of the wicked always wants more.
1Lady Wisdom builds a lovely home; Sir Fool comes along and tears it down brick by brick.2An honest life shows respect for God; a degenerate life is a slap in his face.3Frivolous talk provokes a derisive smile; wise speech evokes nothing but respect.4No cattle, no crops; a good harvest requires a strong ox for the plow.5A true witness never lies; a false witness makes a business of it.6Cynics look high and low for wisdom - and never find it; the open-minded find it right on their doorstep!7Escape quickly from the company of fools; they're a waste of your time, a waste of your words.8The wisdom of the wise keeps life on track; the foolishness of fools lands them in the ditch.9The stupid ridicule right and wrong, but a moral life is a favored life.10The person who shuns the bitter moments of friends will be an outsider at their celebrations.11Lives of careless wrongdoing are tumbledown shacks; holy living builds soaring cathedrals.12There's a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again - it leads straight to hell.13Sure, those people appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak. Sift and Weigh Every Word14A mean person gets paid back in meanness, a gracious person in grace.15The gullible believe anything they're told; the prudent sift and weigh every word.16The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless.17The hotheaded do things they'll later regret; the coldhearted get the cold shoulder.18Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion; wise realists plant their feet on the ground.19Eventually, evil will pay tribute to good; the wicked will respect God-loyal people.20An unlucky loser is shunned by all, but everyone loves a winner.21It's criminal to ignore a neighbor in need, but compassion for the poor - what a blessing!22Isn't it obvious that conspirators lose out, while the thoughtful win love and trust?23Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table.24The wise accumulate wisdom; fools get stupider by the day.25Souls are saved by truthful witness and betrayed by the spread of lies.26The Fear-of-God builds up confidence, and makes a world safe for your children.27The Fear-of-God is a spring of living water so you won't go off drinking from poisoned wells.28The mark of a good leader is loyal followers; leadership is nothing without a following.29Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity.30A sound mind makes for a robust body, but runaway emotions corrode the bones.31You insult your Maker when you exploit the powerless; when you're kind to the poor, you honor God.32The evil of bad people leaves them out in the cold; the integrity of good people creates a safe place for living.33Lady Wisdom is at home in an understanding heart - fools never even get to say hello.34God-devotion makes a country strong; God-avoidance leaves people weak.35Diligent work gets a warm commendation; shiftless work earns an angry rebuke.
1A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.2Knowledge flows like spring water from the wise; fools are leaky faucets, dripping nonsense.3God doesn't miss a thing - he's alert to good and evil alike.4Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.5Moral dropouts won't listen to their elders; welcoming correction is a mark of good sense.6The lives of God-loyal people flourish; a misspent life is soon bankrupt.7Perceptive words spread knowledge; fools are hollow - there's nothing to them.8God can't stand pious poses, but he delights in genuine prayers.9A life frittered away disgusts God; he loves those who run straight for the finish line.10It's a school of hard knocks for those who leave God's path, a dead-end street for those who hate God's rules.11Even hell holds no secrets from God - do you think he can't read human hearts? Life Ascends to the Heights12Know-it-alls don't like being told what to do; they avoid the company of wise men and women.13A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.14An intelligent person is always eager to take in more truth; fools feed on fast-food fads and fancies.15A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song.16A simple life in the Fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches.17Better a bread crust shared in love than a slab of prime rib served in hate.18Hot tempers start fights; a calm, cool spirit keeps the peace.19The path of lazy people is overgrown with briers; the diligent walk down a smooth road.20Intelligent children make their parents proud; lazy students embarrass their parents.21The empty-headed treat life as a plaything; the perceptive grasp its meaning and make a go of it.22Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed.23Congenial conversation - what a pleasure! The right word at the right time - beautiful!24Life ascends to the heights for the thoughtful - it's a clean about-face from descent into hell.25God smashes the pretensions of the arrogant; he stands with those who have no standing.26God can't stand evil scheming, but he puts words of grace and beauty on display.27A greedy and grasping person destroys community; those who refuse to exploit live and let live.28Prayerful answers come from God-loyal people; the wicked are sewers of abuse.29God keeps his distance from the wicked; he closely attends to the prayers of God-loyal people.30A twinkle in the eye means joy in the heart, and good news makes you feel fit as a fiddle.31Listen to good advice if you want to live well, an honored guest among wise men and women.32An undisciplined, self-willed life is puny; an obedient, God-willed life is spacious.33Fear-of-God is a school in skilled living - first you learn humility, then you experience glory.