1Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool.2Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes.3People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD .4Wealth makes many “friends”; poverty drives them all away.5A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.6Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts!7The relatives of the poor despise them; how much more will their friends avoid them! Though the poor plead with them, their friends are gone.8To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.9A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will be destroyed.10It isn’t right for a fool to live in luxury or for a slave to rule over princes!11Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.12The king’s anger is like a lion’s roar, but his favor is like dew on the grass.13A foolish child is a calamity to a father; a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping.14Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the LORD can give an understanding wife.15Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry.16Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death.17If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD — and he will repay you!18Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives.19Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.20Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.21You can make many plans, but the LORD ’s purpose will prevail.22Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest.23Fear of the LORD leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm.24Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.25If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser.26Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother are an embarrassment and a public disgrace.27If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge.28A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice; the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.29Punishment is made for mockers, and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.
1Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.2The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life.3Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.4Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.5Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out.6Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?7The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.8When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good.9Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin”?10False weights and unequal measures — the LORD detests double standards of every kind.11Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.12Ears to hear and eyes to see— both are gifts from the LORD .13If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!14The buyer haggles over the price, saying, “It’s worthless,” then brags about getting a bargain!15Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.16Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.17Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth.18Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.19A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.20If you insult your father or mother, your light will be snuffed out in total darkness.21An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end.22Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter.23The LORD detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.24The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?25Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost.26A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat, then runs his threshing wheel over them.27The LORD ’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.28Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love.29The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.30Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart.
1The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD ; he guides it wherever he pleases.2People may be right in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their heart.3The LORD is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.4Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin.5Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.6Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.7The violence of the wicked sweeps them away, because they refuse to do what is just.8The guilty walk a crooked path; the innocent travel a straight road.9It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.10Evil people desire evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.11If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded become wise; if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser.12The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; he will bring disaster on them.13Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.14A secret gift calms anger; a bribe under the table pacifies fury.15Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers.16The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead.17Those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.18The wicked are punished in place of the godly, and traitors in place of the honest.19It’s better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.20The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.21Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.22The wise conquer the city of the strong and level the fortress in which they trust.23Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.24Mockers are proud and haughty; they act with boundless arrogance.25Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.26Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!27The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable, especially when it is offered with wrong motives.28A false witness will be cut off, but a credible witness will be allowed to speak.29The wicked bluff their way through, but the virtuous think before they act.30No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the LORD .31The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD .