1 A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a mocker will not listen to rebuke.
2 From the fruit of his mouth a person enjoys good things, but the appetite of the treacherous is for violence.
3 The one who guards his mouth protects his life, but the one who opens wide his lips will ruin himself. 4 The appetite of the lazy person craves but gets nothing, but the appetite of the diligent person will be richly satisfied.
5 The righteous person hates deceptive words, but a wicked person makes himself repugnant, and he does what is shameful. 6 Righteousness protects those who are faultless in their path, but wickedness ruins those who commit sin.
7 There is someone who enriches himself, but has nothing at all, and there is someone who gives everything away, yet has much wealth. 8 The ransom of a rich man's life is his wealth, but a poor person does not hear a threat.
9 The light of righteous people rejoices, but the lamp of wicked people will be put out. 10 Pride only breeds conflict, but for those who listen to good advice there is wisdom.
11 Wealth dwindles away when there is too much vanity, but the one who makes money by working with his hand will make his money grow. 12 When hope is postponed, it breaks the heart, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 Whoever despises instruction brings destruction on himself, but he who respects the commandment will be rewarded. 14 The teaching of a wise person is a fountain of life, turning you away from the snares of death.
15 Good insight wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is disaster. [[ The ULB is following the ancient Greek translation because the Hebrew is difficult to understand. The Hebrew has: " the way of the treacherous is unending. " ]] 16 Prudent people act out of knowledge in every decision, but a fool parades his folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, but a faithful envoy brings healing. 18 The one who ignores instruction will have poverty and shame, but honor will come to him who learns from correction.
19 A longing realized is sweet to the appetite, but turning away from evil is an abomination to fools. 20 Walk with wise people and you will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
21 Disaster runs after sinners, but righteous people are rewarded with good. 22 A good person leaves an inheritance for his grandchildren, but a sinner's wealth is stored up for the righteous person.
23 An unplowed field owned by the poor could produce much food, but it is swept away by injustice. 24 The one who does not use his rod hates his son, but one who loves his son is careful to instruct him.
25 The righteous person eats until he satisfies his appetite, but the stomach of the wicked is always hungry.