1 A wise son heeds his fatherís
instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.
2 From the fruit of his lips a man enjoys good things,
but the unfaithful have a craving for violence.
3 He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who
speaks rashly will come to ruin.
4 The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the
desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
5 The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked
bring shame and disgrace.
6 Righteousness guards the man of integrity, but
wickedness overthrows the sinner.
7 One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
8 A manís riches may ransom his life, but a poor man
hears no threat.
9 The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the
lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.
10 Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in
those who take advice.
11 Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers
money little by little makes it grow.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing
fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he
who respects a command is rewarded.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
turning a man from the snares of death.
15 Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the
unfaithful is hard.
16 Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool
exposes his folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a
trustworthy envoy brings healing.
18 He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and
shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.
19 A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools
detest turning from evil.
20 He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a
companion of fools suffers harm.
21 Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is
the reward of the righteous.
22 A good man leaves an inheritance for his childrenís
children, but a sinnerís wealth is stored up for the
23 A poor manís field may produce abundant food, but
injustice sweeps it away.
24 He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who
loves him is careful to discipline him.
25 The righteous eat to their heartsí content, but the
stomach of the wicked goes hungry.