There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Truthful lips will be established forever,
But a lying tongue is [credited] only for a moment.
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
But counselors of peace have joy.
No harm befalls the righteous,
But the wicked are filled with trouble.
Lying lips are extremely disgusting to the Lord,
But those who deal faithfully are His delight.
A shrewd man is reluctant to display his knowledge [until the proper time],
But the heart of [over-confident] fools proclaims foolishness.
The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the negligent and lazy will be put to forced labor.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down,
But a good (encouraging) word makes it glad.
The righteous man is a guide to his neighbor,
But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
The lazy man does not catch and roast his prey,
But the precious possession of a [wise] man is diligence [because he recognizes opportunities and seizes them].