There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way of death.
Even in laughter the heart may ache,
and joy may end in sorrow.
The backslider in heart receives the fill of his own ways,
but a good man is rewarded for his ways.
The simple man believes every word,
but the prudent man watches his steps.
A wise man fears and turns from evil,
but a fool is careless and reckless.
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly,
and a devious man is hated.
The simple inherit folly,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
The evil bow before the good,
and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
The poor man is hated even by his neighbor,
but many are those who love the rich.
He who despises his neighbor sins,
but blessed is he who shows kindness to the poor.
Do not those who contrive evil go astray?
But those who plan goodness find loving devotion and faithfulness.
There is profit in all labor,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
The crown of the wise is their wealth,
but the effort of fools is folly.
A truthful witness saves lives,
but one who utters lies is deceitful.
He who fears the LORD is secure in confidence,
and his children shall have a place of refuge.
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
turning a man from the snares of death.
A large population is a king’s splendor,
but a lack of subjects is a prince’s ruin.
A patient man has great understanding,
but a quick-tempered man promotes folly.
A tranquil heart is life to the body,
but envy rots the bones.
Whoever oppresses the poor taunts their Maker,
but whoever is kind to the needy honors Him.
The wicked man is thrown down by his own sin,
but the righteous man has a refuge even in death.
Wisdom rests in the heart of the discerning;
even among fools she is known.
Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a disgrace to any people.
A king delights in a wise servant,
but his anger falls on the shameful.
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