1He who loves knowledge loves discipline,
but he who hates correction is a boor.
2A good man obtains Adonai’s favor,
but the schemer his condemnation.
3No one is made secure by wickedness,
but the roots of the righteous will never be moved.
4A capable wife is a crown for her husband,
but a shameful one is like rot in his bones.
5The plans of the righteous are just,
but the schemes of the wicked are deceitful.
6The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush,
but the speech of the upright rescues them.
7Once the wicked are down, it’s the end of them;
but the house of the upright endures.
8A person wins praise in keeping with his common sense,
but a person with a warped mind is treated with contempt.
9Better to be despised and have a servant
than to boast of one’s status but have nothing to eat.
10A righteous man takes care of his animal,
but the wicked? Even his compassion is cruel.
11He who farms his land will have plenty of food,
but he who follows futilities has no sense.
12The wicked covet the loot of evil men,
but the root of the righteous gives forth of itself.
13The wicked is trapped by his own sinful speech,
but the righteous finds a way out of trouble.
14One can be filled with good as the result of one’s words,
and one gets the reward one’s deeds deserve.
15Fools suppose their way is straight,
but the wise pay attention to advice.
16A fool’s anger is known at once,
but a cautious person slighted conceals his feelings.
17He who tells the truth furthers justice,
but a false witness furthers deceit.
18Idle talk can pierce like a sword,
but the tongue of the wise can heal.
19Truthful words will stand forever,
lying speech but a moment.
20Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
but for those advising peace there is joy.
21No harm can come to the righteous,
but the wicked are overwhelmed with disaster.
22Lying lips are an abomination to Adonai,
but those who deal faithfully are his delight.
23A cautious person conceals knowledge,
but the heart of a fool blurts out folly.
24The diligent will rule,
while the lazy will be put to forced labor.
25Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs him down,
but a kind word cheers him up.
26The righteous guides his friend’s way rightly,
but the way of the wicked will lead them astray.
27A lazy man doesn’t roast what he hunted;
but when a man is diligent, his wealth is precious.
28In the road of righteousness is life;
no death is in its pathway.