1A gentle response deflects fury,
but a harsh word makes tempers rise.
2The tongue of the wise presents knowledge well,
but the mouth of a fool spews out folly.
3The eyes of Adonai are everywhere,
watching the evil and the good.
4A soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but when it twists things, it breaks the spirit.
5A fool despises his father’s discipline,
but he who heeds warnings is prudent.
6The home of the righteous is a storehouse of treasure,
but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.
7The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools.
8Adonai detests the sacrifices of the wicked
but delights in the prayers of the upright.
9Adonai detests the way of the wicked
but loves anyone who pursues righteousness.
10Discipline is severe for one who leaves the way,
and whoever can’t stand correction will die.
11Sh’ol and Abaddon lie open to Adonai;
so how much more people’s hearts!
12A scorner does not like being corrected;
he won’t go to the wise [for advice].
13A glad heart makes a face happy,
but heartache breaks the spirit.
14The mind of a person with discernment seeks knowledge,
but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15For the poor, every day is hard;
but the good-hearted have a perpetual feast.
16Better little with the fear of Adonai
than great wealth coupled with worry.
17Better a vegetable dinner with love
than a stall-fattened ox with hate.
18Hot-tempered people stir up strife,
but patient people quiet quarrels.
19The lazy person’s way seems overgrown by thorns,
but the path of the upright is a level highway.
20A wise son is a joy to his father,
and only a fool despises his mother.
21Folly appeals to one who lacks sense,
but a person of discernment goes straight ahead.
22Without deliberation, plans go wrong;
but with many advisers, they succeed.
23People take pleasure in anything they say;
but a word at the right time, how good it is!
24For the prudent, the path of life goes upward;
thus he avoids Sh’ol below.
25Adonai will pull down the houses of the proud,
but preserves intact the widow’s boundaries.
26Adonai detests plans to do evil,
but kind words are pure.
27The greedy for gain brings trouble to his home,
but he who hates bribes will live.
28The mind of the righteous thinks before speaking,
but the mouth of the wicked spews out evil stuff.
29Adonai is far from the wicked,
but he listens to the prayer of the righteous.
30A cheerful glance brings joy to the heart,
and good news invigorates the bones.
31He who heeds life-giving correction
will be at home in the company of the wise.
32He who spurns discipline detests himself,
but he who listens to correction grows in understanding.
33The discipline of wisdom is fear of Adonai,
so before being honored, a person must be humble.