1Homes are made by the wisdom of women, but are destroyed by foolishness.
2Be honest and you show that you have reverence for the LORD; be dishonest and you show that you do not.
3Proud fools talk too much; the words of the wise protect them.
4Without any oxen to pull the plough your barn will be empty, but with them it will be full of corn.
5A reliable witness always tells the truth, but an unreliable one tells nothing but lies.
6Conceited people can never become wise, but intelligent people learn easily.
7Stay away from foolish people; they have nothing to teach you.
8Why is a clever person wise? Because he knows what to do. Why is a stupid person foolish? Because he only thinks he knows.
9Foolish people don't care if they sin, but good people want to be forgiven.
10Your joy is your own; your bitterness is your own. No one can share them with you.
11A good person's house will still be standing after an evildoer's house has been destroyed.
12What you think is the right road may lead to death.
13Laughter may hide sadness. When happiness is gone, sorrow is always there.
14Bad people will get what they deserve. Good people will be rewarded for their deeds.
15A fool will believe anything; sensible people watch their step.
16Wise people are careful to stay out of trouble, but stupid people are careless and act too quickly.
17People with a hot temper do foolish things; wiser people remain calm.
18Ignorant people get what their foolishness deserves, but the clever are rewarded with knowledge.
19Evil people will have to bow down to the righteous and humbly beg their favour.
20No one likes the poor, not even their neighbours, but the rich have many friends.
21If you want to be happy, be kind to the poor; it is a sin to despise anyone.
22You will earn the trust and respect of others if you work for good; if you work for evil, you are making a mistake.
23Work and you will earn a living; if you sit around talking you will be poor.
24Wise people are rewarded with wealth, but fools are known by their foolishness.
25A witness saves lives when he tells the truth; when he tells lies, he betrays people.
26Reverence for the LORD gives confidence and security to a man and his family.
27Do you want to avoid death? Reverence for the LORD is a fountain of life.
28A king's greatness depends on how many people he rules; without them he is nothing.
29If you stay calm, you are wise, but if you have a hot temper, you only show how stupid you are.
30Peace of mind makes the body healthy, but jealousy is like a cancer.
31If you oppress poor people, you insult the God who made them; but kindness shown to the poor is an act of worship.
32Wicked people bring about their own downfall by their evil deeds, but good people are protected by their integrity.
33Wisdom is in every thought of intelligent people; fools know nothing about wisdom.
34Righteousness makes a nation great; sin is a disgrace to any nation.
35Kings are pleased with competent officials, but they punish those who fail them.
1A gentle answer quietens anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.
2When wise people speak, they make knowledge attractive, but stupid people spout nonsense.
3The LORD sees what happens everywhere; he is watching us, whether we do good or evil.
4Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit.
5It is foolish to ignore what your father taught you; it is wise to accept his correction.
6Righteous people keep their wealth, but the wicked lose theirs when hard times come.
7Knowledge is spread by people who are wise, not by fools.
8The LORD is pleased when good people pray, but hates the sacrifices that the wicked bring him.
9The LORD hates the ways of evil people, but loves those who do what is right.
10If you do what is wrong, you will be severely punished; you will die if you do not let yourself be corrected.
11Not even the world of the dead can keep the LORD from knowing what is there; how then can people hide their thoughts from God?
12Conceited people do not like to be corrected; they never ask for advice from those who are wiser.
13When people are happy, they smile, but when they are sad, they look depressed.
14Intelligent people want to learn, but stupid people are satisfied with ignorance.
15The life of the poor is a constant struggle, but happy people always enjoy life.
16Better to be poor and fear the LORD than to be rich and in trouble.
17Better to eat vegetables with people you love than to eat the finest meat where there is hate.
18Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace.
19If you are lazy, you will meet difficulty everywhere, but if you are honest, you will have no trouble.
20Wise children make their fathers happy. Only fools despise their mothers.
21Stupid people are happy with their foolishness, but the wise will do what is right.
22Get all the advice you can, and you will succeed; without it you will fail.
23What a joy it is to find just the right word for the right occasion!
24Wise people walk the road that leads upwards to life, not the road that leads downwards to death.
25The LORD will destroy the homes of arrogant men, but he will protect a widow's property.
26The LORD hates evil thoughts, but he is pleased with friendly words.
27If you try to make a profit dishonestly, you will get your family into trouble. Don't take bribes and you will live longer.
28Good people think before they answer. Evil people have a quick reply, but it causes trouble.
29When good people pray, the LORD listens, but he ignores those who are evil.
30Smiling faces make you happy, and good news makes you feel better.
31If you pay attention when you are corrected, you are wise.
32If you refuse to learn, you are hurting yourself. If you accept correction, you will become wiser.
33Reverence for the LORD is an education in itself. You must be humble before you can ever receive honours.
1We may make our plans, but God has the last word.
2You may think everything you do is right, but the LORD judges your motives.
3Ask the LORD to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.
4Everything the LORD has made has its destiny; and the destiny of the wicked is destruction.
5The LORD hates everyone who is arrogant; he will never let them escape punishment.
6Be loyal and faithful, and God will forgive your sin. Obey the LORD and nothing evil will happen to you.
7When you please the LORD, you can make your enemies into friends.
8It is better to have a little, honestly earned, than to have a large income gained dishonestly.
9You may make your plans, but God directs your actions.
10The king speaks with divine authority; his decisions are always right.
11The LORD wants weights and measures to be honest and every sale to be fair.
12Kings cannot tolerate evil, because justice is what makes a government strong.
13A king wants to hear the truth and will favour those who speak it.
14A wise person will try to keep the king happy; if the king becomes angry, someone may die.
15The king's favour is like the clouds that bring rain in the springtime — life is there.
16It is better — much better — to have wisdom and knowledge than gold and silver.
17Those who are good travel a road that avoids evil; so watch where you are going — it may save your life.
18Pride leads to destruction, and arrogance to downfall.
19It is better to be humble and stay poor than to be one of the arrogant and get a share of their loot.
20Pay attention to what you are taught, and you will be successful; trust in the LORD and you will be happy.
21A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.
22Wisdom is a fountain of life to the wise, but trying to educate stupid people is a waste of time.
23Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive.
24Kind words are like honey — sweet to the taste and good for your health.
25What you think is the right road may lead to death.
26A labourer's appetite makes him work harder, because he wants to satisfy his hunger.
27Evil people look for ways to harm others; even their words burn with evil.
28Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships.
29Violent people deceive their friends and lead them to disaster.
30Watch out for people who grin and wink at you; they have thought of something evil.
31Long life is the reward of the righteous; grey hair is a glorious crown.
32It is better to be patient than powerful. It is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities.
33People cast lots to learn God's will, but God himself determines the answer.