1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a glad father; but a foolish son is the sorrow of his mother.
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing; but righteousness delivers from death.
3 Jehovah will not allow the soul of the righteous to go hungry; but He casts away the desire of the wicked.
4 He who deals with a lazy hand becomes poor; but the hand of the hard worker makes rich.
5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son; but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
6 Blessings are on the head of the just; but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the just is blessed; but the name of the wicked shall rot.
8 The wise in heart will receive commandments; but a babbling fool shall fall.
9 He who walks uprightly walks surely; but he who twists his ways shall be known.
10 He who winks the eye causes sorrow; but a babbling fool shall fall.
11 The mouth of a righteous one is a well of life; but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
12 Hatred stirs up fights, but love covers all sins.
13 In the lips of him who has understanding, wisdom is found; but a rod is for the back of him who is without understanding.
14 Wise ones store up knowledge; but the mouth of the foolish is near ruin.
15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city; the ruin of the poor is their poverty.
16 The labor of the righteous tends to life; the fruit of the wicked tends to sin.
17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life; but he who refuses reproof goes astray.
18 He who hides hatred with lying lips, and he who speaks a slander, is a fool.
19 In the multitude of words, sin is not lacking; but he who holds back his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver; the heart of the wicked is worth little.
21 The lips of the righteous feed many; but fools die for lack of wisdom.
22 The blessing of Jehovah itself makes rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.
23 To work out evil devices is as laughter to a fool; so wisdom is to a man of understanding.
24 What the wicked fears shall come upon him; but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.
25 As the storm passes, so the wicked is no more; but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.
26 Like vinegar to the teeth, and like smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who send him.
27 The fear of Jehovah prolongs days; but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28 The hope of the righteous is gladness; but the hope of the wicked shall perish.
29 The way of Jehovah is strength to the upright; but ruin is to the workers of iniquity.
30 The righteous shall never be moved; and the wicked shall not live in the earth.
31 The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom; but the perverse tongue shall be cut out.
32 The lips of the righteous know what is pleasing; but the mouth of the wicked what is contrary.