1Whoever loves discipline loves to learn; whoever hates to be corrected is stupid.
2It is good to learn what pleases the Lord, because he condemns those who plan to do wrong.
3Evil people are never safe, but good people remain safe and secure.
4A good wife is like a crown to her husband, but a shameful wife is like a cancer.
5Good people are honest and fair in all they do, but those who are evil lie and cannot be trusted.
6Evil people use their words to hurt others, but the words from good people can save others from danger.
7When evil people are destroyed, they are gone and forgotten, but good people are remembered long after they are gone.
8You praise people for their intelligence, but no one respects those who are stupid.
9It is better to appear unimportant and have a servant than to pretend to be important and have no food.
10Good people take good care of their animals, but the wicked know only how to be cruel.#12:10 but the wicked … cruel Or “but even the ‘kindness’ of the wicked is still cruelty.”
11Farmers who work their land have plenty of food, but those who waste their time on worthless projects are foolish.
12The wicked want a share of what an evil man might catch. But like a plant with deep roots, a good man is the one who produces the most.#12:12 The Hebrew text here is hard to understand.
13The wicked are trapped by their foolish words, but good people escape from such trouble.
14People get good things for the words they say, and they are rewarded for the work they do.
15Fools always think their own way is best, but wise people listen to what others tell them.
16Fools are easily upset, but wise people avoid insulting others.
17Good people speak the truth and can be trusted in court, but liars make bad witnesses.
18Speak without thinking, and your words can cut like a knife. Be wise, and your words can heal.
19Lies last only a moment, but the truth lasts forever.
20People who work for evil make trouble, but those who plan for peace bring happiness.
21The Lord will keep good people safe, but evil people will have many troubles.
22The Lord hates people who tell lies, but he is pleased with those who tell the truth.
23Smart people don’t tell everything they know, but fools tell everything and show they are fools.
24Those who work hard will be put in charge of others, but lazy people will have to work like slaves.
25Worry takes away your joy, but a kind word makes you happy.
26Good people are careful about choosing their friends, but evil people always choose the wrong ones.
27Lazy people don’t get what they want, but riches come to those who work hard.
28Along the path of goodness there is life; that is the way to live forever.#12:28 that is … forever Or “but there is a path that leads to death.”