1Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.
2The good obtains favour from יהוה, But the man of wicked devices He declares wrong.
3A man is not established by wrongness, But the root of the righteous shall not be moved.
4A capable wife is the crown of her husband, But one causing shame is like rottenness in his bones.
5The thoughts of the righteous are right-ruling, The counsels of the wrong are deceit.
6The words of the wrong are, “Lie in wait for blood,” But the mouth of the straight delivers them.
7The wrong are overthrown, And are no more, But the house of the righteous stands.
8A man is praised according to his wisdom, But the perverted of heart becomes despised.
9Better to be lightly esteemed and have a servant, Than the highly esteemed who lacks bread.
10The righteous regards the life of his beast, But the compassion of the wrong is cruelty.
11He who tills his land is satisfied with bread, But he who pursues vanities is lacking heart.
12The wrong shall covet the catch of evil-doers, But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
13In the transgression of the lips is an evil snare, But the righteous gets out of distress.
14From the fruit of his mouth one is filled with good, And the work of a man’s hands is given back to him.
15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who listens to advice is wise.
16A fool’s wrath is known at once, But a clever one covers shame.
17He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit.
18Rash speaking is like piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise is healing.
19The lip of truth is established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, But counsellors of peace have joy.
21No harm befalls the righteous, But the wrong shall be filled with evil.
22Lying lips are an abomination to יהוה, But those who deal truly are His delight.
23A clever man is concealing knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims folly.
24The hand of the hard worker rules, But the lazy is put to compulsory labour.
25Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes him glad.
26The righteous is a guide to his neighbour, But the way of the wrong leads them astray.
27The lazy one has no game to roast, But the hard worker prizes his possessions.
28In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.