With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor,
But through knowledge and discernment the righteous will be rescued.
When it goes well for the righteous, the city rejoices,
And when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
By the blessing [of the influence] of the upright the city is exalted,
But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
He who despises his neighbor lacks sense,
But a man of understanding keeps silent.
He who goes about as a gossip reveals secrets,
But he who is trustworthy and faithful keeps a matter hidden.
Where there is no [wise, intelligent] guidance, the people fall [and go off course like a ship without a helm],
But in the abundance of [wise and godly] counselors there is victory.