1These are the proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes his father glad. But a foolish son brings sorrow to his mother.2Riches that are gained by sinning aren't worth anything. But doing what is right saves you from death.3The LORD gives those who do right the food they need. But he lets those who do wrong go hungry.4Hands that don't want to work make you poor. But hands that work hard bring wealth to you.5A child who gathers crops in summer is wise. But a child who sleeps at harvest time brings shame.6Blessings are like crowns on the heads of those who do right. But the trouble caused by what sinners say destroys them.7To remember those who do right is a blessing. But the names of those who do wrong will rot.8A wise heart accepts commands. But foolish chattering destroys you.9Anyone who lives without blame walks safely. But anyone who takes a crooked path will get caught.10An evil wink gets you into trouble. And foolish chattering destroys you.11The mouths of those who do right are a fountain of life. But the trouble caused by what sinners say destroys them.12Hate stirs up fights. But love erases all sins by forgiving them.13Wisdom is found on the lips of those who understand what is right. But those who have no sense are punished.14Wise people store up knowledge. But the mouths of foolish people destroy them.15The wealth of rich people is like a city that makes them feel safe. But having nothing destroys those who are poor.16People who do what is right earn life. But what sinners earn causes them to be punished.17Anyone who pays attention to his training is on his way to life. But anyone who refuses to be corrected leads others down the wrong path.18Anyone who hides hatred has lying lips. And anyone who spreads lies is foolish.19Those who talk a lot are likely to sin. But those who control their tongues are wise.20The tongues of those who do right are like fine silver. But the hearts of those who do wrong aren't worth very much.21The words of those who do right benefit many people. But those who are foolish die because they have no sense.22The blessing of the LORD brings wealth. Trouble doesn't come with it.23A foolish person finds pleasure in doing evil things. But a man who has understanding takes delight in wisdom.24What sinners are afraid of will catch up with them. But those who do right will get what they want.25When the storm is over, sinners are gone. But those who do right stand firm forever.26Anyone who doesn't want to work hurts those who send him. He is like vinegar on the teeth or smoke in the eyes.27Having respect for the LORD leads to a longer life. But the years of evil people are cut short.28Those who do right can expect joy. But the hopes of sinners are bound to fail.29The way of the LORD leads to a safe place for those who do right. But it destroys those who do evil.30Those who do right will never be removed from the land. But those who do wrong will not remain in it.31The mouths of those who do right produce wisdom. But tongues that speak twisted words will be cut out.32Those who do right know the proper thing to say. But those who do wrong speak only twisted words.
1The LORD hates it when people use scales to cheat others. But he is delighted when people use honest weights.2When pride comes, shame follows. But wisdom comes to those who are not proud.3Those who do what is right are guided by their honest lives. But those who aren't faithful are destroyed by their trickery.4Wealth isn't worth anything when God judges you. But doing what is right saves you from death.5The ways of honest people are made straight because they do what is right. But those who do what is wrong are brought down by their own sins.6Godly people are saved by doing what is right. But those who aren't faithful are trapped by evil longings.7When an evil man dies, his hope dies with him. Everything he expected to gain from his power will be lost.8Those who do right are saved from trouble. But trouble comes on those who do wrong.9With their words ungodly people destroy their neighbors. But those who do what is right escape because of their knowledge.10When those who do right succeed, their city is glad. When those who do wrong die, people shout for joy.11The blessing of honest people builds up a city. But the words of sinners destroy it.12A person who has no sense makes fun of his neighbor. But a man who has understanding controls his tongue.13Those who talk about others tell secrets. But those who can be trusted keep things to themselves.14Without the guidance of good leaders a nation falls. But many good advisers can save it.15Anyone who puts up money for what someone else owes will certainly suffer. But a person who doesn't agree to pay up for someone else is safe.16A woman who has a kind heart gains respect. But men who are not kind gain only wealth.17A kind man benefits himself. But a mean person brings trouble on himself.18Those who do what is wrong really earn nothing. But those who plant what is right will certainly be rewarded.19Right living leads to life. But anyone who runs after evil will die.20The LORD hates those whose hearts are twisted. But he is pleased with those who live without blame.21You can be sure that sinners will be punished. And you can also be sure that godly people will go free.22A beautiful woman who has no sense is like a gold ring in a pig's nose.23What godly people long for ends only in what is good. But what sinners hope for ends only in God's anger.24Some give freely but get even richer. Others don't give what they should but get even poorer.25Anyone who gives a lot will succeed. Anyone who renews others will be renewed.26People call down curses on those who store up grain for themselves. But blessing makes those who are willing to sell feel like kings.27Anyone who looks for what is good finds favor. But bad things happen to a person who plans to do evil.28Those who trust in their riches will fall. But those who do right will be as healthy as a green leaf.29Those who bring trouble on their families will receive nothing but wind. And foolish people will serve wise people.30The fruit that godly people bear is like a tree of life. And those who lead others to do what is right are wise.31Godly people get what they should get on earth. So ungodly people and sinners will certainly get what they should get!
1Anyone who loves to be trained loves knowledge. Anyone who hates to be corrected is stupid.2The LORD blesses anyone who does good. But he judges any man who is tricky.3If a man does what is evil, he can't become strong and steady. But if people do what is right, they can't be removed from the land.4A noble wife is her husband's crown. But a wife who brings shame is like sickness in his bones.5The plans of godly people are right. But the advice of sinners will lead you the wrong way.6The words of those who are evil hide and wait to spill people's blood. But the speech of those who are honest saves them from traps like that.7Sinners are destroyed and taken away. But the houses of godly people stand firm.8A man is praised for how wise he is. But people hate those who have twisted minds.9Being nobody and having a servant is better than pretending to be somebody and having no food.10Those who do what is right take good care of their animals. But the kindest acts of those who do wrong are mean.11Anyone who farms his land will have plenty of food. But a person who chases dreams has no sense.12Those who do what is wrong want to steal from others. But those who do what is right bear good fruit because of their deep roots.13A sinner is trapped by his sinful talk. But a godly person escapes trouble.14Many good things come from what a man says. And the work of his hands rewards him.15The way of a foolish person seems right to him. But a wise person listens to advice.16Foolish people are easily upset. But wise people pay no attention to hurtful words.17An honest witness tells the truth. But a dishonest witness tells lies.18Thoughtless words cut like a sword. But the tongue of wise people brings healing.19Truthful words last forever. But lies last for only a moment.20There are lies in the hearts of those who plan evil. But there is joy for those who work to bring peace.21No harm comes to godly people. But sinners have all the trouble they can handle.22The LORD hates those whose lips tell lies. But he is pleased with people who tell the truth.23Wise people keep their knowledge to themselves. But the hearts of foolish people shout foolish things.24Hands that work hard will rule. But people who don't want to work will become slaves.25Worry makes a man's heart heavy. But a kind word cheers him up.26Godly people are careful about the friends they choose. But the way of sinners leads them down the wrong path.27Anyone who refuses to work doesn't even cook what he catches. But a man who works hard values what he has.28There is life in doing what is right. Along that path you will never die.