1 A wise son heeds his father's instruction, ¶ but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.
2 From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, ¶ but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.
3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, ¶ but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
4 A sluggard's appetite is never filled, ¶ but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
5 The righteous hate what is false, ¶ but the wicked make themselves a stench ¶ and bring shame on themselves.
6 Righteousness guards the person of integrity, ¶ but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
7 One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; ¶ another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
8 A person's riches may ransom their life, ¶ but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.
9 The light of the righteous shines brightly, ¶ but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.
10 Where there is strife, there is pride, ¶ but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
11 Dishonest money dwindles away, ¶ but whoever 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 Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, ¶ but whoever respects a command is rewarded.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, ¶ turning a person from the snares of death.
15 Good judgment wins favor, ¶ but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction. [^1]
16 All who are prudent act with [^2] knowledge, ¶ but fools expose their folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, ¶ but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.
18 Whoever disregards 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 Walk with the wise and become wise, ¶ for a companion of fools suffers harm.
21 Trouble pursues the sinner, ¶ but the righteous are rewarded with good things.
22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children's children, ¶ but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous.
23 An unplowed field produces food for the poor, ¶ but injustice sweeps it away.
24 Whoever spares the rod hates their children, ¶ but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
25 The righteous eat to their hearts' content, ¶ but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.