1A son who heeds his father’s discipline is wise,
but a scoffer doesn’t listen to rebuke.
2A [good] man enjoys good as a result of what he says,
but the essence of the treacherous is violence.
3He who guards his mouth preserves his life,
but one who talks too much comes to ruin.
4The lazy person wants but doesn’t have;
the diligent get their desires filled.
5A righteous person hates lying,
but the wicked is vile and disgraceful.
6Righteousness protects him whose way is honest,
but wickedness brings down the sinner.
7There are those with nothing who pretend they are rich,
also those with great wealth who pretend they are poor.
8The rich man may have to ransom his life,
but a poor man gets no threats.
9The light of the righteous [shines] joyfully,
but the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.
10Insolence produces only strife,
but wisdom is found with those who take advice.
11Wealth gotten by worthless means dwindles away,
but he who amasses it by hard work will increase it.
12Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13He who despises a word will suffer for it,
but he who respects a command will be rewarded.
14The teaching of a wise man is a fountain of life,
enabling one to avoid deadly traps.
15Good common sense produces grace,
but the way of the treacherous is rough.
16Every cautious person acts with knowledge,
but a fool parades his folly.
17A wicked messenger falls into evil,
but a faithful envoy brings healing.
18Poverty and shame are for him who won’t be taught,
but he who heeds reproof will be honored.
19Desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but turning away from evil is abhorrent to fools.
20He who walks with the wise will become wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer.
21Evil pursues sinners,
but prosperity will reward the righteous.
22A good man leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren,
but the wealth of a sinner is stored up for the righteous.
23The fields of the poor may yield much food,
but some are swept away because of injustice.
24He who fails to use a stick hates his son,
but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
25The righteous person eats his fill,
but the belly of the wicked is empty.