1A wise son responds to his father’s discipline,
but a mocker doesn’t listen to rebuke.
2From the words of his mouth,
a man will enjoy good things, # Pr 12:14
but treacherous people have an appetite for violence. # Pr 1:10-12,31; 18:20-21; Is 32:6-8
3The one who guards his mouth protects his life; # Pr 18:21; 21:23; Jms 3:2
the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin. # Pr 10:14; 12:13; 18:7
4The slacker craves, yet has nothing,
but the diligent is fully satisfied. # Pr 10:4; 12:24,27; 19:15
5The righteous hate lying,
but the wicked act disgustingly and disgracefully.
6Righteousness guards people of integrity, # Lit guards integrity of way
but wickedness undermines the sinner. # Pr 10:29; 11:3
7One man pretends to be rich but has nothing; # Pr 11:24; Lk 12:20-21; 1Tm 6:17-19; Rv 3:17-18
another pretends to be poor but has great wealth. # Lk 12:33; 2Co 6:10; Jms 2:5
8Riches are a ransom for a man’s life, # Jb 2:4; Pr 10:15
but a poor man hears no threat.
9The light of the righteous shines brightly, # Pr 4:18
but the lamp of the wicked is put out. # Jb 18:5-6; Pr 20:20; 24:20
10Arrogance leads to nothing but strife, # Pr 17:19
but wisdom is gained by those who take advice.
11Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, # Pr 10:2; 20:21; 23:5
but whoever earns it through labor # Lit whoever gathers upon his hand will multiply it. # Pr 10:4; 21:5-6
12Delayed hope makes the heart sick,
but fulfilled desire is a tree of life. # Pr 11:30; 15:4
13The one who has contempt for instruction will pay the penalty, # Nm 15:31; 2Ch 36:16
but the one who respects a command will be rewarded. # Pr 3:1-2; 4:4; 6:23
14A wise man’s instruction is a fountain of life, # Pr 10:11; 14:27
turning people away from the snares of death. # Ps 18:5; 116:3
15Good sense wins favor, # Pr 3:4
but the way of the treacherous never changes. # LXX, Syr, Tg read treacherous will perish
16Every sensible person acts knowledgeably,
but a fool displays his stupidity. # Pr 12:23; 15:2; Ec 10:3
17A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
but a trustworthy courier brings healing. # Pr 25:13
18Poverty and disgrace come to those
who ignore discipline,
but the one who accepts correction will be honored. # Pr 5:12-14; 12:1; 15:31-33
19Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste,
but to turn from evil # Pr 16:22; 29:27
is an abomination to fools.
20The one who walks with the wise will become wise,
but a companion of fools will suffer harm.
21Disaster pursues sinners,
but good rewards the righteous. # Ps 32:10; Pr 11:31; 13:13
22A good man leaves an inheritance to his # Or inheritance: his grandchildren,
but the sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. # Jb 27:13-17; Pr 28:8; Ec 2:26
23The uncultivated field of the poor yields abundant food,
but without justice, it is swept away.
24The one who will not use the rod hates his son, # Pr 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15,17
but the one who loves him disciplines him diligently. # Dt 8:5; Pr 3:12; Heb 12:5-7
25A righteous man eats until he is satisfied,
but the stomach of the wicked is empty. # Pr 10:3