1Every wise woman builds up her home,
but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.
2A person with upright conduct fears Adonai,
but a person who is devious scorns him.
3From the mouth of a fool sprouts pride,
but the lips of the wise protect them.
4Where there are no oxen, the stalls are clean;
but much is produced by the strength of an ox.
5An honest witness will not lie,
but a false witness lies with every breath.
6A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,
but knowledge comes easily to someone with discernment.
7Keep clear of a fool,
for you won’t hear a sensible word from him.
8The wisdom of the cautious makes him know where he is going,
but the folly of fools misleads them.
9Guilt offerings make a mockery of fools;
but among the upright there is good will.
10The heart knows its own bitterness,
and no stranger can share its joy.
11The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the upright will flourish.
12There can be a way which seems right to a person,
but at its end are the ways of death.
13Even in laughter the heart can be sad,
and joy may end in sorrow.
14A backslider is filled up with his own ways,
but a good person gets satisfaction from himself.
15One who doesn’t think believes every word,
but the cautious understands his steps.
16A wise person fears and turns away from evil,
but a fool is reckless and overconfident.
17He who is quick-tempered does stupid things,
and one who does vile things is hated.
18Thoughtless people inherit folly,
but the cautious are crowned with knowledge.
19The evil bow down before the good,
and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
20The poor are disliked even by their peers,
but the rich have many friends.
21He who despises his fellow sins,
but he who shows compassion to the humble is happy.
22Won’t those who plot evil go astray?
But grace and truth are for those who plan good.
23In all work there is profit,
but mere talk produces only poverty.
24The crown of the wise is their riches,
but the folly of fools is just that — folly.
25A truthful witness saves lives,
but a liar misdirects [judgment].
26In the fear of Adonai is powerful security;
for his children there will be a place of refuge.
27The fear of Adonai is a fountain of life
enabling one to avoid deadly traps.
28A king’s glory lies in having many subjects;
if the prince’s people are few, it is his ruin.
29Being slow to anger goes with great understanding,
being quick-tempered makes folly still worse.
30A tranquil mind gives health to the body,
but envy rots the bones.
31The oppressor of the poor insults his maker,
but he who is kind to the needy honors him.
32The wicked are brought down by their wrongdoing,
but the righteous can be confident even at death.
33Wisdom is at rest in a person with discernment,
but in fools it has to call attention to itself.
34Righteousness makes a nation great,
but sin degrades any people.
35A king shows favor to a servant with good sense,
but his wrath strikes one who shames [him].