1 It is better to be poor and honest than to be a fool and
2 Zeal without knowledge is not good; a person who moves too
quickly may go the wrong way.
3 People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then
are angry at the Lord.
4 Wealth makes many “friends”; poverty drives them
5 A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar
6 Many beg favors from a prince; everyone is the friend of a
person who gives gifts!
7 If the relatives of the poor despise them, how much more
will their friends avoid them. The poor call after them, but they are
8 To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish
understanding will prosper.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will be
10 It isn’t right for a fool to live in luxury or for a slave
to rule over princes!
11 People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn
esteem by overlooking wrongs.
12 The king’s anger is like a lion’s roar, but his favor is
like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish child is a calamity to a father; a nagging wife
annoys like a constant dripping.
14 Parents can provide their sons with an inheritance of
houses and wealth, but only the Lord can give an understanding wife.
15 A lazy person sleeps soundly—and goes hungry.
16 Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them
leads to death.
17 If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and he
will repay you!
18 Discipline your children while there is hope. If you
don’t, you will ruin their lives.
19 Short-tempered people must pay their own penalty. If you
rescue them once, you will have to do it again.
20 Get all the advice and instruction you can, and be wise
the rest of your life.
21 You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will
22 Loyalty makes a person attractive. And it is better to be
poor than dishonest.
23 Fear of the Lord gives life, security, and protection from
24 Some people are so lazy that they won’t even lift a finger
to feed themselves.
25 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a
lesson; if you reprove the wise, they will be all the wiser.
26 Children who mistreat their father or chase away their
mother are a public disgrace and an embarrassment.
27 If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you have
turned your back on knowledge.
28 A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice; the mouth of
the wicked gulps down evil.
29 Mockers will be punished, and the backs
of fools will be beaten.