1A wise son takes his father’s advice.
But a person who makes fun of wisdom won’t listen to correction.
2A person will be rewarded for what he says.
But those who can’t be trusted want only violence.
3Whoever is careful about what he says protects his life.
But anyone who speaks without thinking will be ruined.
4The lazy person will not get what he wants.
But a hard worker gets everything he wants.
5Good people hate what is false.
But wicked people do shameful and disgraceful things.
6Doing what is right protects the honest person.
But evil ruins the sinner.
7Some people pretend to be rich but really have nothing.
Other people pretend to be poor but really are wealthy.
8A rich man may have to pay a ransom for his life.
But a poor person will never have to face such a danger.
9Good people will live long like bright flames.
But the wicked will die like a flame going out.
10Pride leads to arguments.
But those who take advice are wise.
11Money that comes easily disappears quickly.
But money that is gathered little by little will slowly grow.
12It is sad when you don’t get what you hoped for.
But when wishes come true, it’s like eating fruit from the tree of life.
13Whoever rejects what he is taught will pay for it.
But whoever does what he is told will be rewarded.
14The teaching of a wise person gives life.
It is like a fountain of water that can save people from death.
15People with good understanding will be liked.
But the lives of those who are not trustworthy are hard.
16Every wise person acts with good sense.
But a foolish person shows how foolish he is.
17A wicked messenger brings nothing but trouble.
But a trustworthy one makes everything right.
18A person who refuses correction will end up poor and disgraced.
But a person who accepts correction will be honored.
19It is so good when wishes come true.
But foolish people still refuse to stop doing evil.
20Whoever spends time with wise people will become wise.
But whoever makes friends with fools will suffer.
21Trouble always comes to sinners.
But good people enjoy success.
22Good people’s wealth will be inherited by their grandchildren.
And a sinner’s wealth will be saved for good people.
23A poor man’s field might have plenty of food.
But unfair people steal it from him.
24If a person does not punish his children, he does not love them.
But the person who loves his children is careful to correct them.
25Good people have enough to eat.
But the wicked will go hungry.