1 A wise child* accepts a parent's discipline; a young mocker refuses to listen.1
2 Good people enjoy the positive results of their words, but those who are treacherous crave violence.
3 Those who control their tongue will have a long life; a quick retort can ruin everything.
4 Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied.
5 Those who are godly hate lies; the wicked come to shame and disgrace.
6 Godliness helps people all through life, while the evil are destroyed by their wickedness.
7 Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor.
8 The rich can pay a ransom, but the poor won't even get threatened.
9 The life of the godly is full of light and joy, but the sinner's light is snuffed out.
10 Pride leads to arguments; those who take advice are wise.
11 Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.
13 People who despise advice will find themselves in trouble; those who respect it will succeed.
14 The advice of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death.
15 A person with good sense is respected; a treacherous person walks a rocky road.
16 Wise people think before they act; fools don't and even brag about it!
17 An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing.
18 If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept criticism, you will be honored.
19 It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools will not turn from evil to attain them.
20 Whoever walks with the wise will become wise; whoever walks with fools will suffer harm.
21 Trouble chases sinners, while blessings chase the righteous!
22 Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner's wealth passes to the godly.
23 A poor person's farm may produce much food, but injustice sweeps it all away.
24 If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you don't love them; if you love your children, you will be prompt to discipline them.
25 The godly eat to their hearts' content, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.
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