1Whoso loveth correction loveth knowledge; But he that hateth reproof is brutish. 2A good man shall obtain favor of Jehovah; But a man of wicked devices will he condemn. 3A man shall not be established by wickedness; But the root of the righteous shall not be moved. 4A worthy woman is the crown of her husband; But she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5The thoughts of the righteous are just; But the counsels of the wicked are deceit. 6The words of the wicked are of lying in wait for blood; But the mouth of the upright shall deliver them. 7The wicked are overthrown, and are not; But the house of the righteous shall stand. 8A man shall be commended according to his wisdom; But he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised. 9Better is he that is lightly esteemed, and hath a servant, Than he that honoreth himself, and lacketh bread. 10A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. 11He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread; But he that followeth after vain persons is void of understanding. 12The wicked desireth the net of evil men; But the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit. 13In the transgression of the lips is a snare to the evil man; But the righteous shall come out of trouble. 14A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth; And the doings of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him. 15The way of a fool is right in his own eyes; But he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel. 16A fool’s vexation is presently known; But a prudent man concealeth shame. 17He that uttereth truth showeth forth righteousness; But a false witness, deceit. 18There is that speaketh rashly like the piercings of a sword; But the tongue of the wise is health. 19The lip of truth shall be established for ever; But a lying tongue is but for a moment. 20Deceit is in the heart of them that devise evil; But to the counsellors of peace is joy. 21There shall no mischief happen to the righteous; But the wicked shall be filled with evil. 22Lying lips are an abomination to Jehovah; But they that deal truly are his delight. 23A prudent man concealeth knowledge; But the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness. 24The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; But the slothful shall be put under taskwork. 25Heaviness in the heart of a man maketh it stoop; But a good word maketh it glad. 26The righteous is a guide to his neighbor; But the way of the wicked causeth them to err. 27The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting; But the precious substance of men is to the diligent. 28In the way of righteousness is life; And in the pathway thereof there is no death.
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18There is that speaketh rashly like the piercings of a sword; But the tongue of the wise is health.