The Righteous and the Wicked
1Whoever loves knowledge loves correction, but whoever hates reproof is stupid.
2A good man obtains favor from Adonai, but He condemns a person with evil schemes.
3No one is made secure by wickedness, but a righteous root will not be moved.
4A virtuous wife is her husband’s crown, but a dishonoring one is like rottenness in his bones.
5The plans of the righteous are just, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
6The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright delivers them.
7The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the household of the righteous will stand.
8A man is praised according to his insight, but one with a twisted mind is despised.
9Better to have little honor and a servant than to have glory and no bread.
Caring for Animals and Land
10A righteous person cares for the life of his animal, yet even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
11The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases daydreams lacks sense.
12The wicked covets the loot of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes.
Fruit of Mouth
13An evil one is ensnared by the sin of lips, but the righteous one escapes trouble.
14By the fruit of his mouth a man will be satisfied with good. The work of a man’s hands will reward him.
15A fool’s way is right in his own eyes, but the wise listen to advice.
16A fool shows his irritation immediately, but a prudent person overlooks an insult.
17A trustworthy witness tells what is right, but a false witness, deceit.
18Reckless speech is like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue for only a moment.
20Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, but those promoting shalom have joy.
21No harm befalls the righteous, but the wicked are full of misery.
22Lying lips are detestable to Adonai, but those who act faithfully are His delight.
23A clever person conceals his knowledge, but the heart of a fool blurts out folly.
Diligence or Sloth
24The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy will become forced labor.
25An anxious heart weighs one down, but a good word cheers him up.
26The righteous gives his friend guidance, but the way of the wicked leads astray.
27A lazy person does not roast his game, but a diligent person prizes his possessions.
28In the path of righteousness is life— it is a path to immortality.