1 Wise son, glad father; stupid son, sad mother. 2 Ill-gotten gain gets you nowhere; an honest life is immortal. 3 God won’t starve an honest soul, but he frustrates the appetites of the wicked. 4 Sloth makes you poor; diligence brings wealth. 5 Make hay while the sun shines—that’s smart; go fishing during harvest—that’s stupid. 6 Blessings accrue on a good and honest life, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse. 7 A good and honest life is a blessed memorial; a wicked life leaves a rotten stench. 8 A wise heart takes orders; an empty head will come unglued. 9 Honesty lives confident and carefree, but Shifty is sure to be exposed. 10 An evasive eye is a sign of trouble ahead, but an open, face-to-face meeting results in peace. 11 The mouth of a good person is a deep, life-giving well, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse. 12 Hatred starts fights, but love pulls a quilt over the bickering. 13 You’ll find wisdom on the lips of a person of insight, but the shortsighted needs a slap in the face. 14 The wise accumulate knowledge—a true treasure; know-it-alls talk too much—a sheer waste. The Road to Life Is a Disciplined Life 15 The wealth of the rich is their bastion; the poverty of the indigent is their ruin. 16 The wage of a good person is exuberant life; an evil person ends up with nothing but sin. 17 The road to life is a disciplined life; ignore correction and you’re lost for good. 18 Liars secretly hoard hatred; fools openly spread slander. 19 The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words. 20 The speech of a good person is worth waiting for; the blabber of the wicked is worthless. 21 The talk of a good person is rich fare for many, but chatterboxes die of an empty heart. Fear-of-God Expands Your Life 22 God’s blessing makes life rich; nothing we do can improve on God. 23 An empty-head thinks mischief is fun, but a mindful person relishes wisdom. 24 The nightmares of the wicked come true; what the good people desire, they get. 25 When the storm is over, there’s nothing left of the wicked; good people, firm on their rock foundation, aren’t even fazed. 26 A lazy employee will give you nothing but trouble; it’s vinegar in the mouth, smoke in the eyes. 27 The Fear-of-God expands your life; a wicked life is a puny life. 28 The aspirations of good people end in celebration; the ambitions of bad people crash. 29 God is solid backing to a well-lived life, but he calls into question a shabby performance. 30 Good people last—they can’t be moved; the wicked are here today, gone tomorrow. 31 A good person’s mouth is a clear fountain of wisdom; a foul mouth is a stagnant swamp. 32 The speech of a good person clears the air; the words of the wicked pollute it. Without Good Direction, People Lose Their Way
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