1Anyone who loves learning accepts correction,
but a person who hates being corrected is stupid.
2The Lord is pleased with a good person,
but he will punish anyone who plans evil.
3Doing evil brings no safety at all,
but a good person has safety and security.
4A good wife is like a crown for her husband,
but a disgraceful wife is like a disease in his bones.
5The plans that good people make are fair,
but the advice of the wicked will trick you.
6The wicked talk about killing people,
but the words of good people will save them.
7Wicked people die and they are no more,
but a good person’s family continues.
8The wisdom of the wise wins praise,
but there is no respect for the stupid.
9A person who is not important but has a servant is better off
than someone who acts important but has no food.
10Good people take care of their animals,
but even the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
11Those who work their land will have plenty of food,
but the one who chases empty dreams is not wise.
12The wicked want what other evil people have stolen,
but good people want to give what they have to others.
13Evil people are trapped by their evil talk,
but good people stay out of trouble.
14People will be rewarded for what they say,
and they will also be rewarded for what they do.
15Fools think they are doing right,
but the wise listen to advice.
16Fools quickly show that they are upset,
but the wise ignore insults.
17An honest witness tells the truth,
but a dishonest witness tells lies.
18Careless words stab like a sword,
but wise words bring healing.
19Truth will continue forever,
but lies are only for a moment.
20Those who plan evil are full of lies,
but those who plan peace are happy.
21No harm comes to a good person,
but an evil person’s life is full of trouble.
22The Lord hates those who tell lies
but is pleased with those who keep their promises.
23Wise people keep what they know to themselves,
but fools can’t keep from showing how foolish they are.
24Hard workers will become leaders,
but those who are lazy will be slaves.
25Worry is a heavy load,
but a kind word cheers you up.
26Good people take advice from their friends,
but an evil person is easily led to do wrong.
27The lazy catch no food to cook,
but a hard worker will have great wealth.
28Doing what is right is the way to life,
but there is another way that leads to death.
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