1 To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate
2 The Lord approves of those who are good, but he condemns
those who plan wickedness.
3 Wickedness never brings stability; only the godly have deep
4 A worthy wife is her husband’s joy and crown; a shameful
wife saps his strength.
5 The plans of the godly are just; the advice of the wicked
6 The words of the wicked are like a murderous ambush, but
the words of the godly save lives.
7 The wicked perish and are gone, but the children of the
godly stand firm.
8 Everyone admires a person with good sense, but a warped
mind is despised.
9 It is better to be a nobody with a servant than to be
self-important but have no food.
10 The godly are concerned for the welfare of their animals,
but even the kindness of the wicked is cruel.
11 Hard work means prosperity; only fools idle away their
12 Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot, while the godly
bear their own fruit.
13 The wicked are trapped by their own words, but the godly
escape such trouble.
14 People can get many good things by the words they say; the
work of their hands also gives them many benefits.
15 Fools think they need no advice, but the wise listen to
16 A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm
17 An honest witness tells the truth; a false witness tells
18 Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the
wise bring healing.
19 Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed.
20 Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills
hearts that are planning peace!
21 No real harm befalls the godly, but the wicked have their
fill of trouble.
22 The Lord hates those who don’t keep their word, but he
delights in those who do.
23 Wise people don’t make a show of their knowledge, but
fools broadcast their folly.
24 Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a
25 Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a
26 The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked
lead them astray.
27 Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the
diligent make use of everything they find.
28 The way of the godly leads to life; their path does not
lead to death.
1 A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a young mocker refuses to
2 Good people enjoy the positive results of their words, but
those who are treacherous crave violence.
3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life; a
quick retort can ruin everything.
4 Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work
hard will prosper and be satisfied.
5 Those who are godly hate lies; the wicked come to shame and
6 Godliness helps people all through life, while the evil are
destroyed by their wickedness.
7 Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich
pretend to be poor.
8 The rich can pay a ransom, but the poor won’t even get
9 The life of the godly is full of light and joy, but the
sinner’s light is snuffed out.
10 Pride leads to arguments; those who take advice are
11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears;
wealth from hard work grows.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come
true, there is life and joy.
13 People who despise advice will find themselves in trouble;
those who respect it will succeed.
14 The advice of the wise is like a life-giving fountain;
those who accept it avoid the snares of death.
15 A person with good sense is respected; a treacherous
person walks a rocky road.
16 Wise people think before they act; fools don’t and even
brag about it!
17 An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a
reliable messenger brings healing.
18 If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and
disgrace; if you accept criticism, you will be honored.
19 It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools will not
turn from evil to attain them.
20 Whoever walks with the wise will become wise; whoever
walks with fools will suffer harm.
21 Trouble chases sinners, while blessings chase the
22 Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren,
but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.
23 A poor person’s farm may produce much food, but injustice
sweeps it all away.
24 If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you
don’t love them; if you love your children, you will be prompt to
25 The godly eat to their hearts’ content, but the belly of
the wicked goes hungry.