1It is better to be poor and to live without blame than to be foolish and to twist words around.2It isn't good to get all stirred up without knowledge. And it isn't good to be in a hurry and miss the way.3A man's own foolish acts destroy his life. But his heart is angry with the Lord.4Wealth brings many friends. But the friends of poor people leave them alone.5A dishonest witness will be punished. And those who pour out lies will not go free.6Many try to win the favor of rulers. And everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.7A poor person is avoided by his whole family. His friends avoid him even more. The poor person runs after them to beg. But he can't find them.8Anyone who gets wisdom loves himself. Anyone who values understanding succeeds.9A dishonest witness will be punished. And those who pour out lies will die.10It isn't proper for a foolish person to live in great comfort. And it is much worse when a slave rules over princes!11A man's wisdom makes him patient. He will be honored if he forgives someone who sins against him.12A king's anger is like a lion's roar. But his favor is like dew on the grass.13If a child is foolish, he destroys his father. A nagging wife is like dripping that never stops.14You will receive houses and wealth from your parents. But a wise wife is given by the Lord.15Anyone who doesn't want to work sleeps his life away. And a person who refuses to work goes hungry.16Those who obey what they are taught guard their lives. But those who don't care how they live will die.17Anyone who is kind to poor people lends to the Lord. God will reward him for what he has done.18Train your child. Then there is hope. Don't do anything to bring about his death.19Anyone who burns with anger must pay for it. If you save him, you will have to do it again.20Listen to advice and accept what you are taught. In the end you will be wise.21A man may have many plans in his heart. But the LORD's purpose wins out in the end.22Every man longs for love that never fails. It is better to be poor than to be a liar.23Having respect for the LORD leads to life. Then you will be content and free from trouble.24A person who doesn't want to work leaves his hand in the dish. He won't even bring it back up to his mouth!25If you whip a person who makes fun of others, childish people will learn to be wise. If you warn someone who already understands what is right, he will gain even more knowledge.26A child who robs his father and drives out his mother brings shame and dishonor.27My son, if you stop listening to what I teach you, you will wander away from the words of knowledge.28A dishonest witness makes fun of what is right. The mouths of those who do wrong gulp down evil.29Those who make fun of others will be judged. Foolish people will be punished.
1Wine causes you to make fun of others, and beer causes you to start fights. Anyone who is led down the wrong path by them is not wise.2A king's anger is like a lion's roar. Anyone who makes him angry may lose his life.3Avoiding a fight brings honor to a man. But every foolish person is quick to argue.4Anyone who refuses to work doesn't plow in the right season. When he looks for a crop at harvest time, he doesn't find it.5The purposes of a man's heart are like deep water. But a man who has understanding brings them out.6Many claim to have love that never fails. But who can find a faithful man?7Anyone who does what is right lives without blame. Blessed are his children after him.8A king sits on his throne to judge. He gets rid of all evil when he sees it.9No one can say, "I have kept my heart pure. I'm clean. I haven't sinned."10The LORD hates two things. He hates weights that weigh things heavier or lighter than they really are. He also hates measures that measure things larger or smaller than they really are.11A child is known by his actions. He is known by whether his conduct is pure and right.12The LORD has made two things. He has made ears that hear. He has also made eyes that see.13Don't love sleep, or you will become poor. Stay awake, and you will have more food than you need.14"It's no good. It's no good!" says a buyer. Then off he goes and brags about what he bought.15There is gold. There are plenty of rubies. But lips that speak knowledge are a priceless jewel.16Take the coat of one who puts up money for what a stranger owes. Hold it until you get paid back if he does it for a woman who commits adultery.17Food gained by cheating tastes sweet to a man. But he will end up with a mouth full of sand.18Make plans by asking for guidance. If you go to war, get good advice.19A person who talks about others tells secrets. So avoid anyone who talks too much.20If anyone calls down curses on his father or mother, his lamp will be blown out in total darkness.21Property you gain quickly at the beginning will not be blessed in the end.22Don't say, "I'll get even with you for the wrong you did to me!" Wait for the Lord, and he will save you.23The LORD hates weights that weigh things heavier or lighter than they really are. Scales that are not honest don't please him.24The LORD directs a man's steps. So how can anyone understand his own way?25A man is trapped if he makes a hasty promise to God and only later thinks about what he said.26A wise king gets rid of evil people. He runs the threshing wheel over them.27The lamp of the LORD searches a man's heart. It searches deep down inside him.28Love and truth keep a king safe. Faithful love makes his throne secure.29Young men are proud of their strength. Gray hair brings honor to old men.30Blows and wounds wash evil away. And beatings make you pure deep down inside.
1The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord. He directs it like a stream of water anywhere he pleases.2Everything a man does might seem right to him. But the LORD knows what he is thinking.3Do what is right and fair. The LORD accepts that more than sacrifices.4Proud eyes and a proud heart are the lamp of sinful people. But those things are evil.5The plans of people who work hard succeed. You can be sure that those in a hurry will become poor.6A fortune made by people who tell lies amounts to nothing and leads to death.7The harmful things that evil people do will drag them away. They refuse to do what is right.8The path of those who are guilty is crooked. But the conduct of those who are not guilty is honest.9It is better to live on a corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.10A sinful person longs to do evil. He doesn't show his neighbor any mercy.11When you punish someone who makes fun of others, childish people get wise. If you teach a person who is already wise, he will get even more knowledge.12The Blameless One knows where sinners live. And he destroys them.13If you refuse to listen to the cries of poor people, you too will cry out and not be answered.14A secret gift calms anger down. A hidden favor softens great anger.15When you do what is fair, you make godly people glad. But you terrify those who do what is evil.16A man who leaves the path of understanding ends up with those who are dead.17Anyone who loves pleasure will become poor. Anyone who loves wine and oil will never be rich.18Those who do what is evil pay the price for setting godly people free. Those who aren't faithful pay the price for honest people.19It is better to live in a desert than to live with a nagging, angry wife.20The best food and olive oil are stored up in the houses of wise people. But a foolish man eats up everything he has.21Anyone who wants to be godly and loving finds life, success and honor.22Those who are wise can attack a strong city. They can pull down the place of safety its people trust in.23Anyone who is careful about what he says keeps himself out of trouble.24A proud person is called a "mocker." He thinks much too highly of himself.25Some people will die while they are still hungry. That's because their hands refuse to work.26All day long they hunger for more. But godly people give without holding back.27God hates sacrifices that are brought by evil people. He hates it even more when they bring them for the wrong reason.28Witnesses who aren't honest will die. And anyone who listens to them will be destroyed forever.29A sinful man tries to look as if he were bold. But an honest person thinks about how he lives.30No wisdom, wise saying or plan can succeed against the Lord.31You can prepare a horse for the day of battle. But the power to win comes from the Lord.