1. A tender answer turns away rage, …
2 The words of the wise extend knowledge, …
3 The Eternal can see all things, His gaze is fixed on both the evil and the good.
4 A word of encouragement heals the one who receives it, …
5 … sensible children accept correction.
6 Great treasure may be found where the right-living make their home, …
7 When the wise speak, knowledge spreads far and wide, …
8 … the prayers of those who do right are a pleasure to Him.
9 … those who do right are a delight to the Eternal.
10 Harsh punishment is waiting for those who reject the path of life, and those who hate correction will die.
11 The grave and destruction are fully exposed before the Eternal;
how much more does He know the thoughts of Adam’s children!
13 A warm, smiling face reveals a joy-filled heart, …
14 Those who have understanding hearts hunger after knowledge, …
15 The poor and oppressed suffer hardship day after day, but those with kind hearts continually feast.
16 It is better to live with less and honor the Eternal than to have riches and carry the burdens that come with them.
17 Better to eat only vegetables served lovingly than a fattened ox served hatefully.
18 … but one with patience settles a fight.
19 … but those with integrity travel a wide, level road.
20 A wise child makes his father happy, …
21 … people with insight steer a straight course through life.
22 Plans fall apart without proper advice; with the right guidance, they come together nicely.
23 There is great joy in having the right answer, and how sweet is the right word at the right time!
24 For the wise the road of life climbs up steep grades in order to avoid the slide down to the grave.
25 … He secures the property of widows.
“It is ironic that we may have more to fear from the proud and powerful than from the poor and needy. Those who have want more, and so they take it” (The Voice).
“Oh, maybe they won’t pick your pocket or break into your home. Their ways are more subtle and more effective. As James, Jesus’ brother, wrote, “Isn’t it the rich who step on you while climbing the ladder of success” (The Voice).
“And isn’t it the rich who take advantage of you and drag you into court?” (James 2:6b). James isn’t describing all the rich, of course, but many have made their fortunes off the backs of others” (The Voice).
God is the One who can protect the poor, the One who can reduce the grand houses of the haughty to splinters.
26 … but kind words are pure pleasure for Him.
27 … those who refuse a bribe will live in peace.
28 The right-living think before they speak, …
29 The Eternal … listens to the prayer of the right-living.
30 Bright eyes and a cheerful expression bring joy to the heart, and good news revives the spirit and renews health.
31 Those who learn from the lessons of life will join the others who are wise.
32 … those who are open to correction gain understanding.
33 Reverence for the Eternal is the first lesson of wisdom, and humility always precedes honor.