- Better a dry crust with peace than a house full of feasting with strife.
- 1 An intelligent servant will rule over a worthless son, and will share the inheritance with the brothers.
- The crucible for silver, and the furnace for gold, but the tester of hearts is the LORD.
- 2The evil man gives heed to wicked lips, and listens to falsehood from a mischievous tongue.
- He who mocks the poor blasphemes his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
- Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their parentage.
- Fine words are out of place in a fool; how much more, lying words in a noble!
- A man who has a bribe to offer rates it a magic stone; at every turn it brings him success.
- He who covers up a misdeed fosters friendship, but he who gossips about it separates friends.
- A single reprimand does more for a man of intelligence than a hundred lashes for a fool.
- On rebellion alone is the wicked man bent, but a merciless messenger will be sent against him.
- Face a bear robbed of her cubs, but never a fool in his folly!
- If a man returns evil for good, from his house evil will not depart.
- The start of strife is like the opening of a dam; therefore, check a quarrel before it begins!
- He who condones the wicked, he who condemns the just, are both an abomination to the LORD.
- Of what use in the fool's hand are the means to buy wisdom, since he has no mind for it?
- He who is a friend is always a friend, and a brother is born for the time of stress.
- Senseless is the man who gives his hand in pledge, who becomes surety for his neighbor.
- 3 He who loves strife loves guilt; he who builds his gate high courts disaster.
- He who is perverse in heart finds no good, and a double-tongued man falls into trouble.
- To be a fool's parent is grief for a man; the father of a numskull has no joy.
- A joyful heart is the health of the body, but a depressed spirit dries up the bones.
- The wicked man accepts a concealed bribe to pervert the course of justice.
- The man of intelligence fixes his gaze on wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
- A foolish son is vexation to his father, and bitter sorrow to her who bore him.
- It is wrong to fine an innocent man, but beyond reason to scourge princes.
- He who spares his words is truly wise, and he who is chary of speech is a man of intelligence.
- Even a fool, if he keeps silent, is considered wise; if he closes his lips, intelligent.
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Footnotes1 Intelligence and ability are esteemed more highly than nobility of blood.
2 To justify his own evil ways, a wicked man judges evil of others. Cf Matthew 7:1-5.
3 Builds . . . high: a symbol of arrogance.
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