1It is better to be poor and honest
than to be foolish and tell lies.
2Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good.
If you act too quickly, you might make a mistake.
3People’s own foolishness ruins their lives,
but in their minds they blame the Lord.
4Wealthy people are always finding more friends,
but the poor lose all theirs.
5A witness who lies will not go free;
liars will never escape.
6Many people want to please a leader,
and everyone is friends with those who give gifts.
7Poor people’s relatives avoid them;
even their friends stay far away.
They run after them, begging,
but they are gone.
8Those who get wisdom do themselves a favor,
and those who love learning will succeed.
9A witness who lies will not go free,
liars will die.
10A fool should not live in luxury.
A slave should not rule over princes.
11The wise are patient;
they will be honored if they ignore insults.
12An angry king is like a roaring lion,
but his kindness is like the dew on the grass.
13A foolish child brings disaster to a father,
and a quarreling wife is like dripping water.
14Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,
but a wise wife is a gift from the Lord.
15Lazy people sleep a lot,
and idle people will go hungry.
16Those who obey the commands protect themselves,
but those who are careless will die.
17Being kind to the poor is like lending to the Lord;
he will reward you for what you have done.
18Correct your children while there is still hope;
do not let them destroy themselves.
19People with quick tempers will have to pay for it.
If you help them out once, you will have to do it again.
20Listen to advice and accept correction,
and in the end you will be wise.
21People can make all kinds of plans,
but only the Lord’s plan will happen.
22People want others to be loyal,
so it is better to be poor than to be a liar.
23Those who respect the Lord will live
and be satisfied, unbothered by trouble.
24Though the lazy person puts his hand in the dish,
he won’t lift the food to his mouth.
25Whip those who make fun of wisdom, and perhaps foolish people will gain some wisdom.
Correct those with understanding, and they will gain knowledge.
26A child who robs his father and sends away his mother
brings shame and disgrace on himself.
27Don’t stop listening to correction, my child,
or you will forget what you have already learned.
28An evil witness makes fun of fairness,
and wicked people love what is evil.
29People who make fun of wisdom will be punished,
and the backs of foolish people will be beaten.
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