1A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction.2Wise words will win you a good meal, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence.3Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.4Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.5The godly hate lies; the wicked cause shame and disgrace.6Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin.7Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor.8The rich can pay a ransom for their lives, but the poor won’t even get threatened.9The life of the godly is full of light and joy, but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.10Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.11Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.13People who despise advice are asking for trouble; those who respect a command will succeed.14The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death.15A person with good sense is respected; a treacherous person is headed for destruction.16Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness.17An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing.18If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored.19It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them.20Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.21Trouble chases sinners, while blessings reward the righteous.22Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.23A poor person’s farm may produce much food, but injustice sweeps it all away.24Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.25The godly eat to their hearts’ content, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.
1A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.2Those who follow the right path fear the LORD ; those who take the wrong path despise him.3A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe.4Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.5An honest witness does not lie; a false witness breathes lies.6A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it, but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.7Stay away from fools, for you won’t find knowledge on their lips.8The prudent understand where they are going, but fools deceive themselves.9Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.10Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.11The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the godly will flourish.12There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.13Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.14Backsliders get what they deserve; good people receive their reward.15Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps.16The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.17Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated.18Simpletons are clothed with foolishness, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.19Evil people will bow before good people; the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly.20The poor are despised even by their neighbors, while the rich have many “friends.”21It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor; blessed are those who help the poor.22If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.23Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!24Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only foolishness.25A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is a traitor.26Those who fear the LORD are secure; he will be a refuge for their children.27Fear of the LORD is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.28A growing population is a king’s glory; a prince without subjects has nothing.29People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.30A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.31Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him.32The wicked are crushed by disaster, but the godly have a refuge when they die.33Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools.34Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.35A king rejoices in wise servants but is angry with those who disgrace him.
1A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.2The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.3The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.4Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.5Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise.6There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.7The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give.8The LORD detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright.9The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness.10Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die.11Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the LORD . How much more does he know the human heart!12Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise.13A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.14A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.15For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.16Better to have little, with fear for the LORD, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.17A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.18A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them.19A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway.20Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother.21Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path.22Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.23Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!24The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind.25The LORD tears down the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows.26The LORD detests evil plans, but he delights in pure words.27Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live.28The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.29The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.30A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.31If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise.32If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.33Fear of the LORD teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.