1Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.2Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good; God probes for what is good.3Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place.4God made everything with a place and purpose; even the wicked are included - but for judgment.5God can't stomach arrogance or pretense; believe me, he'll put those upstarts in their place.6Guilt is banished through love and truth; Fear-of-God deflects evil.7When God approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.8Far better to be right and poor than to be wrong and rich.9We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. It Pays to Take Life Seriously10A good leader motivates, doesn't mislead, doesn't exploit.11God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business.12Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.13Good leaders cultivate honest speech; they love advisors who tell them the truth.14An intemperate leader wreaks havoc in lives; you're smart to stay clear of someone like that.15Good-tempered leaders invigorate lives; they're like spring rain and sunshine.16Get wisdom - it's worth more than money; choose insight over income every time.17The road of right living bypasses evil; watch your step and save your life.18First pride, then the crash - the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.19It's better to live humbly among the poor than to live it up among the rich and famous.20It pays to take life seriously; things work out when you trust in God.21A wise person gets known for insight; gracious words add to one's reputation.22True intelligence is a spring of fresh water, while fools sweat it out the hard way.23They make a lot of sense, these wise folks; whenever they speak, their reputation increases.24Gracious speech is like clover honey - good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.25There's a way that looks harmless enough; look again - it leads straight to hell.26Appetite is an incentive to work; hunger makes you work all the harder.27Mean people spread mean gossip; their words smart and burn.28Troublemakers start fights; gossips break up friendships.29Calloused climbers betray their very own friends; they'd stab their own grandmothers in the back.30A shifty eye betrays an evil intention; a clenched jaw signals trouble ahead.31Gray hair is a mark of distinction, the award for a God-loyal life.32Moderation is better than muscle, self-control better than political power.33Make your motions and cast your votes, but God has the final say.
1A meal of bread and water in contented peace is better than a banquet spiced with quarrels.2A wise servant takes charge of an unruly child and is honored as one of the family.3As silver in a crucible and gold in a pan, so our lives are assayed by God.4Evil people relish malicious conversation; the ears of liars itch for dirty gossip.5Whoever mocks poor people, insults their Creator; gloating over misfortune is a punishable crime.6Old people are distinguished by grandchildren; children take pride in their parents.7We don't expect eloquence from fools, nor do we expect lies from our leaders.8Receiving a gift is like getting a rare gemstone; any way you look at it, you see beauty refracted.9Overlook an offense and bond a friendship; fasten on to a slight and - good-bye, friend!10A quiet rebuke to a person of good sense does more than a whack on the head of a fool.11Criminals out looking for nothing but trouble won't have to wait long - they'll meet it coming and going!12Better to meet a grizzly robbed of her cubs than a fool hellbent on folly.13Those who return evil for good will meet their own evil returning.14The start of a quarrel is like a leak in a dam, so stop it before it bursts.15Whitewashing bad people and throwing mud on good people are equally abhorrent to God.16What's this? Fools out shopping for wisdom! They wouldn't recognize it if they saw it! One Who Knows Much Says Little17Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.18It's stupid to try to get something for nothing, or run up huge bills you can never pay.19The person who courts sin, marries trouble; build a wall, invite a burglar.20A bad motive can't achieve a good end; double-talk brings you double trouble.21Having a fool for a child is misery; it's no fun being the parent of a dolt.22A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.23The wicked take bribes under the table; they show nothing but contempt for justice.24The perceptive find wisdom in their own front yard; fools look for it everywhere but right here.25A surly, stupid child is sheer pain to a father, a bitter pill for a mother to swallow.26It's wrong to penalize good behavior, or make good citizens pay for the crimes of others.27The one who knows much says little; an understanding person remains calm.28Even dunces who keep quiet are thought to be wise; as long as they keep their mouths shut, they're smart.
1Loners who care only for themselves spit on the common good.2Fools care nothing for thoughtful discourse; all they do is run off at the mouth.3When wickedness arrives, shame's not far behind; contempt for life is contemptible.4Many words rush along like rivers in flood, but deep wisdom flows up from artesian springs.5It's not right to go easy on the guilty, or come down hard on the innocent.6The words of a fool start fights; do him a favor and gag him.7Fools are undone by their big mouths; their souls are crushed by their words.8Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you really want junk like that in your belly?9Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism.10God's name is a place of protection - good people can run there and be safe.11The rich think their wealth protects them; they imagine themselves safe behind it.12Pride first, then the crash, but humility is precursor to honor.13Answering before listening is both stupid and rude.14A healthy spirit conquers adversity, but what can you do when the spirit is crushed?15Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights.16A gift gets attention; it buys the attention of eminent people.17The first speech in a court case is always convincing - until the cross-examination starts!18You may have to draw straws when faced with a tough decision.19Do a favor and win a friend forever; nothing can untie that bond.20Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach; good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest.21Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit - you choose.22Find a good spouse, you find a good life - and even more: the favor of God!23The poor speak in soft supplications; the rich bark out answers.24Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.