1Whoso loveth correction loveth knowledge;
But he that hateth reproof is brutish.
2A good man shall obtain favor of Jehovah;
But a man of wicked devices will he condemn.
3A man shall not be established by wickedness;
But the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
4A worthy woman is the crown of her husband;
But she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
5The thoughts of the righteous are just;
But the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
6The words of the wicked are of lying in wait for blood;
But the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
7The wicked are overthrown, and are not;
But the house of the righteous shall stand.
8A man shall be commended according to his wisdom;
But he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised.
9Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant,
Than he that honoreth himself, and lacketh bread.
10A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast;
But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
11He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread;
But he that followeth after vain persons is void of understanding.
12The wicked desireth the net of evil men;
But the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit.
13In the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man;
But the righteous shall come out of trouble.
14A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth;
And the doings of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.
15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes;
But he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.
16A fool’s vexation is presently known;
But a prudent man concealeth shame.
17He that uttereth truth showeth forth righteousness;
But a false witness, deceit.
18There is that speaketh rashly like the piercings of a sword;
But the tongue of the wise is health.
19The lip of truth shall be established for ever;
But a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil;
But to the counsellors of peace is joy.
21There shall no mischief happen to the righteous;
But the wicked shall be filled with evil.
22Lying lips are an abomination to Jehovah;
But they that deal truly are his delight.
23A prudent man concealeth knowledge;
But the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.
24The hand of the diligent shall bear rule;
But the slothful shall be put under taskwork.
25Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop;
But a good word maketh it glad.
26The righteous is a guide to his neighbor;
But the way of the wicked causeth them to err.
27The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting;
But the precious substance of men is to the diligent.
28In the way of righteousness is life;
And in the pathway thereof there is no death.