GOD'S WORD® Translation
1Whoever loves discipline loves to learn, but whoever hates correction is a dumb animal.
2A good person obtains favor from the LORD, but the LORD condemns everyone who schemes.
3A person cannot stand firm on a foundation of wickedness, and the roots of righteous people cannot be moved.
4A wife with strength of character is the crown of her husband, but the wife who disgraces him is like bone cancer.
5The thoughts of righteous people are fair. The advice of wicked people is treacherous.
6The words of wicked people are a deadly ambush, but the words of decent people rescue.
7Overthrow wicked people, and they are no more, but the families of righteous people continue to stand.
8A person will be praised based on his insight, but whoever has a twisted mind will be despised.
9Better to be unimportant and have a slave than to act important and have nothing to eat.
10A righteous person cares [even] about the life of his animals, but the compassion of wicked people is [nothing but] cruelty.
11Whoever works his land will have plenty to eat, but the one who chases unrealistic dreams has no sense.
12A wicked person delights in setting a trap for [other] evil people, but the roots of righteous people produce [fruit].
13An evil person is trapped by his own sinful talk, but a righteous person escapes from trouble.
14One person enjoys good things as a result of his speaking ability. Another is paid according to what his hands have accomplished.
15A stubborn fool considers his own way the right one, but a person who listens to advice is wise.
16When a stubborn fool is irritated, he shows it immediately, but a sensible person hides the insult.
17A truthful witness speaks honestly, but a lying witness speaks deceitfully.
18Careless words stab like a sword, but the words of wise people bring healing.
19The word of truth lasts forever, but lies last only a moment.
20Deceit is in the heart of those who plan evil, but joy belongs to those who advise peace.
21No [lasting] harm comes to a righteous person, but wicked people have lots of trouble.
22Lips that lie are disgusting to the LORD, but honest people are his delight.
23A sensible person [discreetly] hides knowledge, but foolish minds preach stupidity.
24Hard-working hands gain control, but lazy hands do slave labor.
25A person's anxiety will weigh him down, but an encouraging word makes him joyful.
26A righteous person looks out for his neighbor, but the path of wicked people leads others astray.
27A lazy hunter does not catch his prey, but a hard-working person becomes wealthy.
28Everlasting life is on the way of righteousness. Eternal death is not along its path.
GOD'S WORD® is a copyrighted work of God's Word to the Nations. Quotations are used by permission. Copyright 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. All rights reserved.