1 A wise child hears the discipline of a father,
but a scoffer does not listen to a rebuke.
2From the fruit of the mouth of a man, he shall eat what is good,
but the desire#Or “soul” of the treacherous, wrongdoing.
3He who keeps his mouth guards his life;#Or “soul,” or “inner self”
he who opens his lips, ruin belongs to him.
4The soul#Or “life” of the lazy craves, but there is nothing,
but the person of diligence is richly supplied.
5The righteous hates a word of falsehood;
the wicked will bring shame and disgrace.#Literally “he will bring disgrace”
6Righteousness will guard the upright of way,
but wickedness will overthrow sin.
7There is one who acts rich but has nothing;#Literally “there is no”
another who pretends to be poor but has wealth.
8The ransom of the life of a man is his wealth,
but the poor does not receive a threat.
9The light of the righteous will rejoice,
but the lamp of the wicked will die out.
10Only by insolence is strife set up,
and wisdom is with those who take advice.
11Wealth gained from haste#Or “vanity” will dwindle,
but he who gathers little by little#Literally “upon the hand” will increase it.
12Hope that is deferred makes the heart#Or “mind” sick,
but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
13He who despises a word will bring destruction on himself,
but he who respects a commandment will be rewarded.
14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
in order to avoid the snares of death.
15Good sense grants favor,
but the way of the faithless is coarse.
16Anyone who is clever will act with intelligence,
but the fool will display folly.
17A messenger of wickedness will fall into trouble,
but an envoy of the faithful brings healing.
18Poverty and disgrace belong to him who ignores instruction,
but he who guards reproof will be honored.
19A desire fulfilled#Literally “made to be,” “brought about” will be sweet to the soul,
but an abomination of fools is turning from evil.
20Walk with the wise and be wise,
but as for the companion of fools, he will suffer harm.
21Misfortune will pursue sinners,
but the righteous will be rewarded with prosperity.#Literally “it will reward prosperity”
22He who is good will leave an inheritance to his grandchildren,#Literally “sons of sons”
and stored up for the righteous is the wealth of a sinner.
23There is much food in the field of the poor,
but it is swept away#Literally “there is sweeping away” by injustice.#Literally “no justice”
24He who withholds his rod hates his child,
but he who loves him gives him#Literally “visits him” discipline.
25The righteous eats to satisfy his life,#Or “soul,” or “inner self”
but the belly of the wicked will lack.