1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, ¶ but whoever hates correction is stupid.
2 Good people obtain favor from the LORD, ¶ but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.
3 No one can be established through wickedness, ¶ but the righteous cannot be uprooted.
4 A wife of noble character is her husband's crown, ¶ but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.
5 The plans of the righteous are just, ¶ but the advice of the wicked is deceitful.
6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, ¶ but the speech of the upright rescues them.
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more, ¶ but the house of the righteous stands firm.
8 A person is praised according to their prudence, ¶ and one with a warped mind is despised.
9 Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant ¶ than pretend to be somebody and have no food.
10 The righteous care for the needs of their animals, ¶ but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
11 Those who work their land will have abundant food, ¶ but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
12 The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, ¶ but the root of the righteous endures.
13 Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, ¶ and so the innocent escape trouble.
14 From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, ¶ and the work of their hands brings them reward.
15 The way of fools seems right to them, ¶ but the wise listen to advice.
16 Fools show their annoyance at once, ¶ but the prudent overlook an insult.
17 An honest witness tells the truth, ¶ but a false witness tells lies.
18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, ¶ but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever, ¶ but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, ¶ but those who promote peace have joy.
21 No harm overtakes the righteous, ¶ but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
22 The LORD detests lying lips, ¶ but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
23 The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, ¶ but a fool's heart blurts out folly.
24 Diligent hands will rule, ¶ but laziness ends in forced labor.
25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, ¶ but a kind word cheers it up.
26 The righteous choose their friends carefully, ¶ but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 The lazy do not roast [^1] any game, ¶ but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.
28 In the way of righteousness there is life; ¶ along that path is immortality.