12 To learn, you must want to be taught. To refuse reproof is stupid.
2 The Lord blesses good men and condemns the wicked.
3 Wickedness never brings real success; only the godly have that.
4 A worthy wife is her husband’s joy and crown; the other kind corrodes his strength and tears down everything he does.
5 A good man’s mind is filled with honest thoughts; an evil man’s mind is crammed with lies.
6 The wicked accuse; the godly defend.
7 The wicked shall perish; the godly shall stand.
8 Everyone admires a man with good sense, but a man with a warped mind is despised.
9 It is better to get your hands dirty—and eat,[a] than to be too proud to work—and starve.
10 A good man is concerned for the welfare of his animals, but even the kindness of godless men is cruel.
11 Hard work means prosperity;[b] only a fool idles away his time.
12 Crooks are jealous of each other’s loot, while good men long to help each other.
13 Lies will get any man into trouble, but honesty is its own defense.
14 Telling the truth gives a man great satisfaction, and hard work returns many blessings to him.
15 A fool thinks he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others.
16 A fool is quick-tempered; a wise man stays cool when insulted.
17 A good man is known by his truthfulness; a false man by deceit and lies.
18 Some people like to make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise soothe and heal.
19 Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed.
20 Deceit fills hearts that are plotting for evil; joy fills hearts that are planning for good!
21 No real harm befalls the good, but there is constant trouble for the wicked.
22 God delights in those who keep their promises and abhors those who don’t.
23 A wise man doesn’t display his knowledge, but a fool displays his foolishness.
24 Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed.
25 Anxious hearts are very heavy, but a word of encouragement does wonders!
26 The good man asks advice from friends; the wicked plunge ahead—and fall.
27 A lazy man won’t even dress the game he gets while hunting, but the diligent man makes good use of everything he finds.
28 The path of the godly leads to life. So why fear death?