The empty-headed treat life as a plaything;
the perceptive grasp its meaning and make a go of it.
Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail;
take good counsel and watch them succeed.
Congenial conversation—what a pleasure!
The right word at the right time—beautiful!
Life ascends to the heights for the thoughtful—
it’s a clean about-face from descent into hell.
God smashes the pretensions of the arrogant;
he stands with those who have no standing.
God can’t stand evil scheming,
but he puts words of grace and beauty on display.
A greedy and grasping person destroys community;
those who refuse to exploit live and let live.
Prayerful answers come from God-loyal people;
the wicked are sewers of abuse.
God keeps his distance from the wicked;
he closely attends to the prayers of God-loyal people.
A twinkle in the eye means joy in the heart,
and good news makes you feel fit as a fiddle.