1Unfriendly people look out for themselves;
they bicker with sensible people.
2Fools find no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing their opinion.
3When the wicked arrive, so does contempt;
with shame comes insult.
4The words of a person’s mouth are deep waters,
a bubbling stream, a fountain of wisdom.
5Favoring the wicked isn’t good;
it denies justice to the righteous.
6The lips of fools make accusations;
their mouths elicit beatings.
7The mouth of fools is their ruin;
their lips are a trap for their lives.
8The words of gossips are like choice snacks;
they go down to the inmost parts.
9Those who are lazy in their work
are brothers to thugs.
10The Lord’s name is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and find refuge.
11The riches of the wealthy are a strong city
and like a high wall in their imagination.
12Pride comes before a disaster,
but humility comes before respect.
13Those who answer before they listen
are foolish and disgraceful.
14The human spirit sustains a sick person,
but who can bear a broken spirit?
15An understanding mind gains knowledge;
the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16A gift opens the way
for access to important people.
17The first person to testify seems innocent,
until the other comes and cross-examines him.
18The dice settle conflicts
and keep strong opponents apart.
19An offended ally is more formidable than a city;
such quarreling is like the bars of a castle.
20The stomach is satisfied
by the fruit of the mouth;
one’s lips can earn a satisfying income.
21Death and life are in the power of the tongue;
those who love it will eat its fruit.
22He who finds a wife finds what is good,
gaining favor from the Lord.
23The poor plead for help,
but the wealthy answer harshly.
24There are persons for companionship,
but then there are friends who are more loyal than family.