New International Version
7 The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender.
10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
quarrels and insults are ended.(E)
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
will have the king for a friend.(F)
12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!(G)
I’ll be killed in the public square!”
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.(J)
16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.
Thirty Sayings of the Wise
17 Pay attention(K) and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;(L)
apply your heart to what I teach,(M)
18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart
and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I teach you today, even you.
20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you,
sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth,(N)
so that you bring back truthful reports
to those you serve?
24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
do not associate with one easily angered,
25 or you may learn their ways
and get yourself ensnared.(S)