12 To accept correction is wise, to reject it is stupid. 2 The Lord likes everyone who lives right, but he punishes everyone who makes evil plans. 3 Sin cannot offer security! But if you live right, you will be as secure as a tree with deep roots. 4 A helpful wife is a jewel for her husband, but a shameless wife will make his bones rot.
5 Good people have kind thoughts, but you should never trust the advice of someone evil. 6 Bad advice is a deadly trap, but good advice is like a shield. 7 Once the wicked are defeated, they are gone forever, but no one who obeys God will ever be thrown down. 8 Good sense is worthy of praise, but stupidity is a curse. 9 It’s better to be ordinary and have only one servant[a] than to think you are somebody and starve to death. 10 Good people are kind to their animals, but a mean person is cruel.
11 Hard working farmers have more than enough food; daydreamers are nothing more than stupid fools. 12 An evil person tries to hide behind evil;[b] good people are like trees with deep roots. 13 We trap ourselves by telling lies, but we stay out of trouble by living right. 14 We are rewarded or punished for what we say and do. 15 Fools think they know what is best, but a sensible person listens to advice.
16 Losing your temper is foolish; ignoring an insult is smart. 17 An honest person tells the truth in court, but a dishonest person tells nothing but lies. 18 Sharp words cut like a sword, but words of wisdom heal. 19 Truth will last forever; lies are soon found out. 20 An evil mind is deceitful, but gentle thoughts bring happiness. 21 Good people never have trouble, but troublemakers have more than enough. 22 The Lord hates every liar, but he is the friend of all who can be trusted. 23 Be sensible and don’t tell everything you know— only fools spread foolishness everywhere.
24 Work hard, and you will be a leader; be lazy, and you will end up a slave. 25 Worry is a heavy burden, but a kind word always brings cheer. 26 You are better off to do right, than to lose your way by doing wrong.[c] 27 Anyone too lazy to cook will starve, but a hard worker is a valuable treasure.[d] 28 Follow the road to life, and you won’t be bothered by death.
12.9It’s. . . servant: Or “It is better just to have an ordinary job.”
12.12An evil. . . evil: Or “Evil people love what they get from being evil.”
12.26wrong: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 26.
12.27but. . . treasure: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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