1Those who love discipline love knowledge,
and those who hate correction are stupid.
2The Lord favors good people,
but he condemns schemers.
3No one is established by wicked acts,
but the roots of the righteous can’t be disturbed.
4A strong woman is a crown to her husband,
but a disgraceful woman is like rot in his bones.
5The plans of the righteous are just,
but the guidance of the wicked is deceptive.
6The words of the wicked are a deathtrap,
but the speech of those who do right rescues them.
7The wicked are destroyed and are no more,
but the family of the righteous will endure.
8A person is praised for his insight,
but a warped mind leads to contempt.
9Better to be held in low regard and have a servant
than to be conceited and lack food.
10The righteous care about their livestock’s needs,
but even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
11Those who work their land will have plenty to eat,
but those who engage in empty pursuits have no sense.
12Desiring evil is a trap for the wicked,
but the root of the righteous endures.#Or gives
13The wicked are trapped by the transgressions of their lips,
but the righteous escape from distress.
14From the fruit of their speech, people are well satisfied;
their work results in reward.
15Fools see their own way as right,
but the wise listen to advice.
16Fools reveal their anger right away,
but the shrewd hide their contempt.
17Those who state the truth speak justly,
but a false witness deceives.
18Some chatter on like a stabbing sword,
but a wise tongue heals.
19Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue lasts only for a moment.
20Deceit is in the heart of those who plan evil,
but there is joy for those who advise peace.
21No harm happens to the righteous,
but the wicked receive their fill of trouble.
22The Lord detests false lips;
he favors those who do what is true.
23The shrewd conceal their knowledge,
but the heart of fools proclaims their stupidity.
24A hard worker is in charge,
while a lazy one will be sentenced to hard labor.
25Anxiety leads to depression,
but a good word encourages.
26The righteous offer guidance to their neighbors,#Heb uncertain
but the path of the wicked makes them wander.
27The lazy don’t roast#Heb uncertain their prey,
but hard workers receive precious riches.
28The way of the righteous leads to life,
but the detestable#LXX; MT the path of the trail path leads to death.