No cattle, no crops;
a good harvest requires a strong ox for the plow.
A true witness never lies;
a false witness makes a business of it.
Cynics look high and low for wisdom—and never find it;
the open-minded find it right on their doorstep!
Escape quickly from the company of fools;
they’re a waste of your time, a waste of your words.
The wisdom of the wise keeps life on track;
the foolishness of fools lands them in the ditch.
The stupid ridicule right and wrong,
but a moral life is a favored life.
The person who shuns the bitter moments of friends
will be an outsider at their celebrations.
Lives of careless wrongdoing are tumbledown shacks;
holy living builds soaring cathedrals.
There’s a way of life that looks harmless enough;
look again—it leads straight to hell.
Sure, those people appear to be having a good time,
but all that laughter will end in heartbreak.
Sift and Weigh Every Word
A mean person gets paid back in meanness,
a gracious person in grace.