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1Wise children take their parents’ advice,
but whoever makes fun of wisdom won’t listen to correction.
2People will be rewarded for what they say,
but those who can’t be trusted want only violence.
3Those who are careful about what they say protect their lives,
but whoever speaks without thinking will be ruined.
4The lazy will not get what they want,
but those who work hard will.
5Good people hate what is false,
but the wicked do shameful and disgraceful things.
6Doing what is right protects the honest person,
but doing evil ruins the sinner.
7Some people pretend to be rich but really have nothing.
Others pretend to be poor but really are wealthy.
8The rich may have to pay a ransom for their lives,
but the poor will face no such danger.
9Good people can look forward to a bright future,
but the future of the wicked is like a flame going out.
10Pride only leads to arguments,
but those who take advice are wise.
11Money that comes easily disappears quickly,
but money that is gathered little by little will grow.
12It is sad not to get what you hoped for.
But wishes that come true are like eating fruit from the tree of life.
13Those who reject what they are taught will pay for it,
but those who obey what they are told will be rewarded.
14The teaching of a wise person gives life.
It is like a fountain that can save people from death.
15People with good understanding will be well liked,
but the lives of those who are not trustworthy are hard.
16Every wise person acts with good sense,
but fools show how foolish they are.
17A wicked messenger brings nothing but trouble,
but a trustworthy one makes everything right.
18A person who refuses correction will end up poor and disgraced,
but the one who accepts correction will be honored.
19It is so good when wishes come true,
but fools hate to stop doing evil.
20Spend time with the wise and you will become wise,
but the friends of fools will suffer.
21Trouble always comes to sinners,
but good people enjoy success.
22Good people leave their wealth to their grandchildren,
but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for good people.
23A poor person’s field might produce plenty of food,
but others often steal it away.
24If you do not punish your children, you don’t love them,
but if you love your children, you will correct them.
25Good people have enough to eat,
but the wicked will go hungry.
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