A perverse person stirs up conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.
A violent person entices their neighbor
and leads them down a path that is not good.
Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity;
whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.
Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
it is attained in the way of righteousness.
Better a patient person than a warrior,
one with self-control than one who takes a city.
The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting, with strife.
A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but the Lord tests the heart.
A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.