With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor,
But through knowledge and discernment the righteous will be rescued.
When it goes well for the righteous, the city rejoices,
And when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
By the blessing [of the influence] of the upright the city is exalted,
But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
He who despises his neighbor lacks sense,
But a man of understanding keeps silent.
He who goes about as a gossip reveals secrets,
But he who is trustworthy and faithful keeps a matter hidden.
Where there is no [wise, intelligent] guidance, the people fall [and go off course like a ship without a helm],
But in the abundance of [wise and godly] counselors there is victory.
He who puts up security and guarantees a debt for an outsider will surely suffer [for his foolishness],
But he who hates (declines) being a guarantor is secure [from its penalties].
A gracious and good woman attains honor,
And ruthless men attain riches [but not respect].
The merciful and generous man benefits his soul [for his behavior returns to bless him],
But the cruel and callous man does himself harm.
The wicked man earns deceptive wages,
But he who sows righteousness and lives his life with integrity will have a true reward [that is both permanent and satisfying].