The Wise Words of Solomon
1These are the wise words of Solomon:
Wise children make their father happy,
but foolish children make their mother sad.
2Riches gotten by doing wrong have no value,
but right living will save you from death.
3The Lord does not let good people go hungry,
but he keeps evil people from getting what they want.
4A lazy person will end up poor,
but a hard worker will become rich.
5Those who gather crops on time are wise,
but those who sleep through the harvest are a disgrace.
6Good people will have rich blessings,
but the wicked will be overwhelmed by violence.
7Good people will be remembered as a blessing,
but evil people will soon be forgotten.
8The wise do what they are told,
but a talkative fool will be ruined.
9The honest person will live in safety,
but the dishonest will be caught.
10A wink may get you into trouble,
and foolish talk will lead to your ruin.
11The words of a good person give life, like a fountain of water,
but the words of the wicked contain nothing but violence.
12Hatred stirs up trouble,
but love forgives all wrongs.
13Wise people speak with understanding,
but people without wisdom should be punished.
14The wise don’t tell everything they know,
but the foolish talk too much and are ruined.
15Having lots of money protects the rich,
but having no money destroys the poor.
16Good people are rewarded with life,
but evil people are paid with punishment.
17Whoever accepts correction is on the way to life,
but whoever ignores correction will lead others away from life.
18Whoever hides hate is a liar.
Whoever tells lies is a fool.
19If you talk a lot, you are sure to sin;
if you are wise, you will keep quiet.
20The words of a good person are like pure silver,
but an evil person’s thoughts are worth very little.
21Good people’s words will help many others,
but fools will die because they don’t have wisdom.
22The Lord’s blessing brings wealth,
and no sorrow comes with it.
23A foolish person enjoys doing wrong,
but a person with understanding enjoys doing what is wise.
24Evil people will get what they fear most,
but good people will get what they want most.
25A storm will blow the evil person away,
but a good person will always be safe.
26A lazy person affects the one he works for
like vinegar on the teeth or smoke in the eyes.
27Whoever respects the Lord will have a long life,
but the life of an evil person will be cut short.
28A good person can look forward to happiness,
but an evil person can expect nothing.
29The Lord will protect good people
but will ruin those who do evil.
30Good people will always be safe,
but evil people will not remain in the land.
31A good person says wise things,
but a liar’s tongue will be stopped.
32Good people know the right thing to say,
but evil people only tell lies.