A foolish child is a father’s ruin,
and a quarrelsome wife is like
the constant dripping of a leaky roof.
Houses and wealth are inherited from parents,
but a prudent wife is from the Lord.
Laziness brings on deep sleep,
and the shiftless go hungry.
Whoever keeps commandments keeps their life,
but whoever shows contempt for their ways will die.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will reward them for what they have done.
Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;
do not be a willing party to their death.
A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty;
rescue them, and you will have to do it again.
Listen to advice and accept discipline,
and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
What a person desires is unfailing love;
better to be poor than a liar.