1 A wise son listens to his father’s discipline,
but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.
2 From the fruit of his mouth a person enjoysa what is good,
but the desireb of unfaithful people is violence.
3 The one who guards his mouth watches over his life;
destruction will come to the one who opens his lips wide.
4 A lazy person’s soul is greedy yet he obtains nothing,
but a diligent person’s soul will be made prosperous.
5 A righteous person hates a deceptive word,
but a wicked person will become a stench and display his shame.
6 Righteousness guards the blameless person on his road,
but wickedness perverts a sinner.
7 There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing;
every one pretending to be poor has great wealth.
8 The ransom for a person’s soul is his wealth,
but the poor does not hear a threatening rebuke.
9 The light of the righteous shines brightly,
but the lamp of the wicked will go out.
10 Over-confidence only causes strife,
but Wisdom is with those who accept advice.
11 Wealth obtained by fraud will become little,
but the one who gathers by handc will make much.
12 Hope delayed makes the heart sick,
but a desire that arrives is a tree of life.
13 The one who despises a word is still bound by a pledge to it,
but the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.
14 The instruction of a wise person is a fountain of life,
that one may turn aside from the snares of death.
15 Good judgment brings favor,
but the road of the unfaithful never changes.
16 Every prudent person acts with knowledge,
but a fool displays foolishness.
17 A wicked messenger will fall into evil,
but a faithful messenger brings healing.
18 The one who ignores discipline will get poverty and dishonor,
but the one who heeds reproof will be honored.
19 A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil.
20 The one who walks with the wise will become wise,
but the one who associates with fools will suffer harm.
21 Evil eagerly pursues sinners,
but goodness will reward the righteous.
22 A good person will provide an inheritance for his children’s children,
but the wealth of the sinner is being stored up for the righteous person.
23 An abundance of food is in the unplowed soil of the poor,d
but it is carried away because of a lack of justice.
24 The one who withholds his rod hates his son,
but the one who loves him desires discipline for him.
25 The righteous person eats to the satisfaction of his appetite,
but the belly of wicked lacks food.