1Some people are still stubborn after they have been corrected many times.
But they will suddenly be hurt beyond cure.
2When good people do well, everyone is happy.
But when evil people rule, everyone groans.
3Whoever loves wisdom makes his father happy.
But the one who makes friends with prostitutes wastes his money.
4If a king is fair, he makes his country strong.
But if he takes money dishonestly, he tears his country down.
5Anyone who gives false praise to his neighbor
is setting a trap for him.
6An evil person is trapped by his own sin.
But a good person can sing and be happy.
7Good people are concerned that the poor are treated fairly.
But the wicked don’t care.
8People who make fun of others cause trouble in a city.
But wise people calm anger down.
9A wise man should not take a foolish person to court.
The fool will only shout or laugh at him. There will be no peace.
10Murderers hate honest people.
But those who do right try to protect them.
11A foolish person loses his temper.
But a wise person controls his anger.
12If a ruler pays attention to lies,
then all his officers will become wicked.
13The poor person and the cruel person are alike in this way:
The Lord gave eyes to both of them.
14A king should judge poor people fairly.
Then his government will continue forever.
15Punishment and correction make a child wise.
If he is left to do as he pleases, he will disgrace his mother.
16When there are many wicked people, there is much sin.
But those who do right will see them destroyed.
17Correct your child, and you will be proud of him.
He will give you pleasure.
18Where there is no word from God, people are uncontrolled.
But those who obey what they have been taught are happy.
19Words alone cannot correct a servant.
Even if he understands, he won’t respond.
20Sometimes you see people who speak too quickly.
There is more hope for a foolish person than for them.
21Don’t spoil your servant when he is young.
If you do, he will bring you grief later on.
22An angry person causes trouble.
A person who easily gets angry sins a lot.
23A man’s pride will ruin him.
But a person who is humble will be honored.
24The partner of a thief is his own worst enemy.
He has to testify in court, but he is afraid to say anything.
25Being afraid of people can get you into trouble.
But if you trust the Lord, you will be safe.
26Many people want to be heard by a ruler.
But fairness comes from the Lord.
27Good people hate those who are dishonest.
And the wicked hate those who are honest.