1 Better the poor whose walk is blameless ¶ than a fool whose lips are perverse.
2 Desire without knowledge is not good — ¶ how much more will hasty feet miss the way!
3 A person's own folly leads to their ruin, ¶ yet their heart rages against the LORD.
4 Wealth attracts many friends, ¶ but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished, ¶ and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
6 Many curry favor with a ruler, ¶ and everyone is the friend of one who gives gifts.
7 The poor are shunned by all their relatives — ¶ how much more do their friends avoid them! ¶ Though the poor pursue them with pleading, ¶ they are nowhere to be found. [^1]
8 The one who gets wisdom loves life; ¶ the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished, ¶ and whoever pours out lies will perish.
10 It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury — ¶ how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!
11 A person's wisdom yields patience; ¶ it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.
12 A king's rage is like the roar of a lion, ¶ but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13 A foolish child is a father's ruin, ¶ and a quarrelsome wife is like ¶ the constant dripping of a leaky roof.
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 go hungry.
16 Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life, ¶ but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
17 Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, ¶ and he will reward them for what they have done.
18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; ¶ do not be a willing party to their death.
19 A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; ¶ rescue them, and you will have to do it again.
20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, ¶ and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
21 Many are the plans in a person's heart, ¶ but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
22 What a person desires is unfailing love [^2] ; ¶ better to be poor than a liar.
23 The fear of the LORD leads to life; ¶ then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
24 A 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 the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.
26 Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother ¶ is a child 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.