1Better to be poor and walk in innocence
than to have dishonest lips and be a fool.
2Ignorant desire isn’t good;
rushing feet make mistakes.
3People’s own folly corrupts their way,
but their hearts rage against the Lord.
4Riches increase one’s friends,
but the poor lose their friends.
5A false witness won’t go unpunished,
and a liar won’t escape.
6Many seek favor from rulers;
everyone befriends a gift giver.
7All the relatives of the poor hate them;
even more, their friends stay far from them.
When they pursue them with words, they aren’t there.
8Those who acquire good sense love themselves;
those who keep understanding find success.
9False witnesses won’t go unpunished,
and liars will perish.
10Luxury isn’t fitting for a fool;
even less so for a servant to rule over princes.
11Insightful people restrain their anger;
their glory is to ignore an offense.
12A raging king roars like a lion;
his favor is like the dew on the grass.
13A foolish son is a disaster to his father;
a contentious wife is like constant dripping.
14House and riches are an inheritance from one’s ancestors,
but an insightful wife is from the Lord.
15Laziness brings on deep sleep;
a slacker goes hungry.
16Those who keep the commandment preserve their lives;
those who disregard their ways will die.
17Those who are gracious to the poor lend to the Lord,
and the Lord will fully repay them.
18Discipline your children while there is hope,
but don’t plan to kill them.
19Angry people must pay the penalty;
if you rescue them, then you will have to do it again.
20Listen to advice and accept instruction,
so you might grow wise in the future.
21Many plans are in a person’s mind,
but the Lord’s purpose will succeed.
22People long for trustworthiness;
it is better to be poor than a liar.
23The fear of the Lord leads to life;
then one rests content, untouched by harm.
24Lazy people bury their hand in the bowl;
they won’t even put it to their mouth.
25Strike someone who scoffs, and a naive person will become clever;
correct someone with understanding, and they will gain knowledge.
26Those who assault their father and drive out their mother
are disgraceful children, worthy of reproach.
27If, my child, you stop listening to discipline,
you will wander away from words of knowledge.
28A worthless witness mocks justice;
the wicked mouth gulps down trouble.
29Punishments were made for mockers,
and blows for the backs of fools.