15 When justice is done, ·good [righteous] people are happy, but evil people are ruined.
16 ·Whoever does not use good sense [L People who wander from the path of insight] will ·end up [rest] among the ·dead [departed; shades].
17 Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and ·perfume [oil] will never be rich.
18 Wicked people ·will suffer instead of [L are a ransom for] ·good [righteous] people, and ·those who cannot be trusted [the unfaithful] will suffer instead of those ·who do right [with integrity/virtue].
19 It is better to live ·alone in the desert [in a desolate land] than with a ·quarreling [contentious] and ·complaining [angry] wife.
20 Wise people’s houses are full of ·the best foods [or precious treasure] and olive oil, but fools ·waste [consume; L swallow] everything they have.
21 Whoever ·tries to live right and be loyal [L pursues righteousness and loyalty] finds life, ·success [righteousness], and honor.
22 A wise person ·can defeat [L went up against] a city full of warriors and tear down the defenses they trust in [Eccl. 9:13–16].
23 Those who ·are careful about what they say [L guard their mouth and tongue] ·keep themselves out of [guard themselves from] trouble.
24 People who act with stubborn pride are called “proud,” “bragger,” and “mocker.”
25 Lazy people’s ·desire for sleep [L longings] will kill them, because ·they refuse to work [L their hands refuse to do anything; 2 Thess. 3:10].
26 All day long they wish for more, but ·good [righteous] people give without holding back.
27 The Lord ·hates [detests] sacrifices brought by evil people, particularly when they offer them for ·the wrong [scheming] reasons.
28 A lying witness will ·be forgotten [perish], but a truthful witness will speak on.
29 Wicked people ·are stubborn [L put on a bold/impudent face], but ·good people think carefully about what they do [L the virtuous establish their path].
30 There is no wisdom, understanding, or advice that can succeed against the Lord.
31 You can get the horses ready for the day of battle, but it is the Lord who gives the victory [Ps. 33:16–17].
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