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1A wise woman strengthens her family,
but a foolish woman destroys hers by what she does.
2People who live good lives respect the Lord,
but those who live evil lives don’t.
3Fools will be punished for their proud words,
but the words of the wise will protect them.
4When there are no oxen, no food is in the barn.
But with a strong ox, much grain can be grown.
5A truthful witness does not lie,
but a false witness tells nothing but lies.
6Those who make fun of wisdom look for it and do not find it,
but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.
7Stay away from fools,
because they can’t teach you anything.
8A wise person will understand what to do,
but a foolish person is dishonest.
9Fools don’t care if they sin,
but honest people work at being right.
10No one else can know your sadness,
and strangers cannot share your joy.
11The wicked person’s house will be destroyed,
but a good person’s tent will still be standing.
12Some people think they are doing right,
but in the end it leads to death.
13Someone who is laughing may be sad inside,
and joy may end in sadness.
14Evil people will be paid back for their evil ways,
and good people will be rewarded for their good ones.
15Fools will believe anything,
but the wise think about what they do.
16Wise people are careful and stay out of trouble,
but fools are careless and quick to act.
17Someone with a quick temper does foolish things,
but someone with understanding remains calm.
18Fools are rewarded with nothing but more foolishness,
but the wise are rewarded with knowledge.
19Evil people will bow down to those who are good;
the wicked will bow down at the door of those who do right.
20The poor are rejected, even by their neighbors,
but the rich have many friends.
21It is a sin to hate your neighbor,
but being kind to the needy brings happiness.
22Those who make evil plans will be ruined,
but those who plan to do good will be loved and trusted.
23Those who work hard make a profit,
but those who only talk will be poor.
24Wise people are rewarded with wealth,
but fools only get more foolishness.
25A truthful witness saves lives,
but a false witness is a traitor.
26Those who respect the Lord will have security,
and their children will be protected.
27Respect for the Lord gives life.
It is like a fountain that can save people from death.
28A king is honored when he has many people to rule,
but a prince is ruined if he has none.
29Patient people have great understanding,
but people with quick tempers show their foolishness.
30Peace of mind means a healthy body,
but jealousy will rot your bones.
31Whoever mistreats the poor insults their Maker,
but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
32The wicked are ruined by their own evil,
but those who do right are protected even in death.
33Wisdom lives in those with understanding,
and even fools recognize it.
34Doing what is right makes a nation great,
but sin will bring disgrace to any people.
35A king is pleased with a wise servant,
but he will become angry with one who causes him shame.
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