1 He who loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates rebuke is stupid.
2The good obtains favor from Yahweh,
but anyone who schemes, he condemns.
3A person will not be established by wickedness,
but the root of the righteous will not be moved.
4A woman of strength#Or “honor” is the crown of her master,#Or “lord, owner”
but like rot in his bones is she who brings shame.
5The thoughts of the righteous are#Hebrew “is” just;
the advice of the wicked is treacherous.
6The words of the wicked are an ambush of blood,
but the mouth of the upright delivers them.
7The wicked are overthrown and are no more,#Literally “there is no them”
but the house of the righteous shall stand.
8For his mouth of good sense, a man will be recommended,
but he who is of perverse mind#Literally “heart” will be despised.
9It is better to be lowly and a servant to someone#Literally “for him,” “belonging to him”
than self-glorifying and lacking food.
10The righteous knows the life#Or “soul,” or “inner self” of his animal,
but the compassion#Hebrew “compassions” of the wicked is cruel.
11He who works his land will have plenty of food,
but he who follows worthless things lacks sense.#Literally “heart”
12The wicked covets the proceeds of evil,
but the root of the righteous bears fruit.#Literally “gives, sets up”
13By the transgression of lips, evil is ensnared,
but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14From the fruit of the mouth of a man, he is filled with good,
and the reward of a man’s labor#Literally “the hands of a man” will return to him.
15The way of a fool is upright in his own eyes,
but he who listens to advice is wise.
16As for a fool, on that very day#Literally “on the day” he makes his anger known,
but he who ignores an insult is prudent.
17He who will speak truth will reveal righteousness,
but the witness of falsehood, deceit.
18There is one who speaks rashly, like the thrust of a sword,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19A lip of truth endures forever,
but a tongue of deception lasts only a moment.
20Deceit is in the heart#Or “mind” of those who plan#Literally “the planners of” evil,
but to those who plan#Literally “the planners of” peace, there is joy.
21No evil will happen#Literally “All evil will not happen” to the righteous,
but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22An abomination of Yahweh are lips of deceit,
but they who act faithfully are his delight.
23A clever person conceals knowledge,
but the heart#Or “mind” of a fool#Hebrew “fools” announces folly.
24The hand of the diligent ones will rule,
but the lazy will belong to forced labor.
25Anxiety in the heart#Or “mind” of a man will weigh him down,
but a good word will cheer him.
26A righteous person will seek out his neighbor,
but the way of the wicked will lead them astray.
27The lazy will not roast his game,
but diligence is the precious wealth of a man.
28On the road of righteousness is life,
and on the way of the path, may there be no death.