1
A wise son [heareth] his father's instruction;
but a scorner heareth not rebuke.
2
A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth;
but the soul of the treacherous, violence.
3
He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his soul;
destruction shall be to him that openeth wide his lips.
4
A sluggard's soul desireth and hath nothing;
but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
5
A righteous [man] hateth lying;
but the wicked maketh himself odious and cometh to shame.
6
Righteousness preserveth him that is perfect in the way;
but wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
7
There is that feigneth himself rich, and hath nothing;
there is that maketh himself poor, and hath great wealth.
8
The ransom of a man's life is his riches;
but the indigent heareth not rebuke.
9
The light of the righteous rejoiceth;
but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10
By pride there only cometh contention;
but with the well-advised is wisdom.
11
Wealth [gotten] by vanity diminisheth;
but he that gathereth by manual-labour shall increase [it].
12
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick;
but the desire [that] cometh to pass is a tree of life.
13
Whoso despiseth the word shall be held by it;
but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
14
The teaching of the wise [man] is a fountain of life, to turn away from the snares of death.
15
Good understanding procureth favour;
but the way of the treacherous is hard.
16
Every prudent [man] acteth with knowledge;
but the foolish layeth open [his] folly.
17
A wicked messenger falleth into evil;
but a faithful ambassador is health.
18
Poverty and shame shall be [to] him that refuseth instruction;
but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
19
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul;
but it is abomination to the foolish to depart from evil.
20
He that walketh with wise [men] becometh wise;
but a companion of the foolish will be depraved.
21
Evil pursueth sinners;
but to the righteous good shall be repaid.
22
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children;
but the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous [man].
23
Much food is in the tillage of the poor;
but there is that is lost for want of judgment.
24
He that spareth his rod hateth his son;
but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
25
The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul;
but the belly of the wicked shall want.