12 One who loves being instructed loves knowledge;
but one who hates being corrected goes stupid.
2 A kindly man will obtain favor from Jehovah,
but a schemer he will condemn.
3 Man is not set firm by wrong-doing;
but right-doers’ roots are unshaken.
4 A worthy wife is her husband’s crown,
but a worthless one is like a rot in his bones.
5 Honest men’s plans are for legitimate procedure;
rogues’ tactics are fraud.
7 Upset rogues and they are nowhere;
but honest men’s house will stand.
8 A man will be praised in proportion to his good judgment;
but a dizzy-headed man will come into contempt.
9 A nobody who owns a slave
is better than a pretentious man short of bread to eat.
10 A right-minded man knows the wants of his animal;
but vicious men’s feelings are brutal.
11 One who works his ground will have plenty of bread;
but one who runs after unpractical things lacks brains.
13 In crime of the lips is a disastrous snare,
but an honest man gets out of the pinch.
and the dealing of one’s hands will come back to him.
15 A know-nothing’s course seems all right to him,
but he who listens to advice is wise.
17 Who utters reliable facts shows the right;
but a false-speaking witness, a cheat.
but wise men’s tongue is healing.
19 A lip of truth will stand fast forevermore,
but a tongue of falsehood for an instant.
but those who confer on wholesome policy have happiness.
21 No trouble will be brought upon a right-doer;
but wrong-doers are full of evil.
22 Lips of falsehood are what Jehovah detests,
but men who act truly are what he approves.
23 A shrewd man covers up knowledge,
but fools’ hearts bawl ignorance.
24 Energetic men’s hands will have control,
but slackness will come to servitude.
but the course wrong-doers are on will make them lose their way.