Exploit or abuse your family, and end up with a fistful of air;
common sense tells you it’s a stupid way to live.
A good life is a fruit-bearing tree;
a violent life destroys souls.
If good people barely make it,
what’s in store for the bad!
If You Love Learning
If you love learning, you love the discipline that goes with it—
how shortsighted to refuse correction!
A good person basks in the delight of God,
and he wants nothing to do with devious schemers.
You can’t find firm footing in a swamp,
but life rooted in God stands firm.
A hearty wife invigorates her husband,
but a frigid woman is cancer in the bones.
The thinking of principled people makes for justice;
the plots of degenerates corrupt.
The words of the wicked kill;
the speech of the upright saves.
Wicked people fall to pieces—there’s nothing to them;
the homes of good people hold together.