1 Better a poor man whose walk is
blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse.
2 It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor
to be hasty and miss the way.
3 A manís own folly ruins his life, yet his heart
rages against the Lord.
4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor manís friend
5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who
pours out lies will not go free.
6 Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the
friend of a man who gives gifts.
7 A poor man is shunned by all his relativesó how much
more do his friends avoid him! Though he pursues them with
pleading, they are nowhere to be found.
8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who
cherishes understanding prospers.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who
pours out lies will perish.
10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxuryó how
much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
11 A manís wisdom gives him patience; it is to his
glory to overlook an offense.
12 A kingís rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish son is his fatherís ruin, and a
quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.
14 Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a
prudent wife is from the Lord.
15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless
man goes hungry.
16 He who obeys instructions guards his life, but he
who is contemptuous of his ways will die.
17 He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and
he will reward him for what he has done.
18 Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do
not be a willing party to his death.
19 A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you
rescue him, you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the
end you will be wise.
21 Many are the plans in a manís heart, but it is the
Lordís purpose that prevails.
22 What a man desires is unfailing love ; better to be
poor than a liar.
23 The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests
content, untouched by trouble.
24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he will
not even bring it back to his mouth!
25 Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke a discerning man, and he will gain knowledge.
26 He who robs his father and drives out his mother is
a son who brings shame and disgrace.
27 Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will
stray from the words of knowledge.
28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth
of the wicked gulps down evil.
29 Penalties are prepared for mockers, and beatings
for the backs of fools.