1Whoever loves discipline, loves knowledge, stupid are those who hate correction. 2The honest obtains Yahweh's favour, the schemer incurs his condemnation. 3No one is made secure by wickedness, but nothing shakes the roots of the upright. 4A capable wife, her husband's crown, a shameless wife, a cancer in his bones. 5The plans of the upright are honest, the intrigues of the wicked are full of deceit. 6The words of the wicked are snares to shed blood, what the honest say keeps them safe. 7Once thrown down, the wicked are no more, but the house of the upright stands firm. 8Prudence wins praise, but a tortuous heart incurs only contempt. 9Better a common fel ow who has a slave than someone who gives himself airs and has nothing to eat. 10The upright has compassion on his animals, but the heart of the wicked is ruthless. 11Whoever works his land shall have bread and to spare, but no one who chases fantasies has anysense. 12The godless delights in the snare of the wicked, but the root of the upright bears fruit. 13In the sin of the lips lies a disastrous trap, but the upright finds a way out of misfortune. 14Abundance of good things is the fruit of the lips; labour brings its own return. 15Fools think the way they go is straight, the wise listens to advice. 16The fool shows anger straightaway, the discreet conceals dislike. 17To tel the truth is to further justice, a false witness is nothing but deceit. 18Thoughtless words can wound like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 19Sincere lips endure for ever, the lying tongue lasts only a moment. 20Deceit is in the heart of the schemer, joy with those who give counsels of peace. 21No harm can come to the upright, but the wicked are swamped by misfortunes. 22Lying lips are abhorrent to Yahweh; dear to him those who make truth their way of life. 23The discreet keeps knowledge hidden, the heart of fools proclaims their folly. 24For the diligent hand, authority; for the slack hand, forced labour. 25Worry makes a heart heavy, a kindly word makes it glad. 26The upright shows the way to a friend; the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27The idle has no game to roast; diligence is anyone's most precious possession. 28In the way of uprightness is life, the ways of the vengeful lead to death.
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