He who walks [as a companion] with wise men will be wise,
But the companions of [conceited, dull-witted] fools [are fools themselves and] will experience harm.
Adversity pursues sinners,
But the [consistently] upright will be rewarded with prosperity.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for [the hands of] the righteous.
Abundant food is in the fallow (uncultivated) ground of the poor,
But [without protection] it is swept away by injustice.
He who withholds the rod [of discipline] hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines and trains him diligently and appropriately [with wisdom and love].
The [consistently] righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
But the stomach of the wicked is in need [of bread].
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
The wise woman builds her house [on a foundation of godly precepts, and her household thrives],
But the foolish one [who lacks spiritual insight] tears it down with her own hands [by ignoring godly principles].
He who walks in uprightness [reverently] fears the Lord [and obeys and worships Him with profound respect],
But he who is devious in his ways despises Him.
In the mouth of the [arrogant] [a]fool [who rejects God] is a rod for his back,
But the lips of the wise [when they speak with godly wisdom] will protect them.
Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,
But much revenue [because of good crops] comes by the strength of the ox.
- Proverbs 14:3 See note 1:7.