1Better a dry crust with quiet
than a house full of feasting with quarrels.
2An insightful servant rules over a disgraceful son
and will divide an inheritance
with the brothers.
3A crucible is for silver and a furnace for gold,
but the Lord tests the heart.
4An evildoer pays attention to guilty lips;
a liar listens to a destructive tongue.
5Those who mock the poor insult their maker;
those who rejoice in disaster won’t go unpunished.
6Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly,
and the glory of children is their parents.
7Too much talking isn’t right for a fool;
even less so false speech for an honorable person.
8A bribe seems magical in the eyes of those who give it,
granting success to all who use it.
9One who seeks love conceals an offense,
but one who repeats it divides friends.
10A rebuke goes deeper to an understanding person
than a hundred lashes to a fool.
11Evil people seek only rebellion;
a cruel messenger will be sent against them.
12Safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than fools in their folly.
13Evil will never depart from the house
of those who return evil for good.
14The start of a quarrel is like letting out water,
so drop the dispute before it breaks out.
15Judging the righteous wicked and the wicked righteous—
the Lord detests both of these.
16Why should a fool have money
to pay for wisdom? He has no mind.
17Friends love all the time,
and kinsfolk are born for times of trouble.
18One with no sense shakes hands on a deal,
securing a loan for a friend.
19Those who love an offense love a quarrel;
those who build a high doorway invite a collapse.
20Those with crooked hearts won’t prosper,
and those with twisted tongues will fall into trouble.
21Having a fool for a son brings grief;
there’s no joy for a scoundrel’s father.
22A joyful heart helps healing,
but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
23The wicked take secret bribes
to twist the way of justice.
24Wisdom is right in front of those with understanding,
but the eyes of fools are off to the edges of the earth.
25A foolish son is irritating to his father
and bitter to her who gave birth to him.
26It isn’t good to punish the righteous,
to strike the honorable for their integrity.
27Wise are those who restrain their talking;
people with understanding are coolheaded.
28Fools who keep quiet are deemed wise;
those who shut their lips are smart.