You’re addicted to thrills? What an empty life!
The pursuit of pleasure is never satisfied.
What a bad person plots against the good, boomerangs;
the plotter gets it in the end.
Better to live in a tent in the wild
than with a cross and petulant spouse.
Valuables are safe in a wise person’s home;
fools put it all out for yard sales.
Whoever goes hunting for what is right and kind
finds life itself—glorious life!
One sage entered a whole city of armed soldiers—
their trusted defenses fell to pieces!
Watch your words and hold your tongue;
you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.
You know their names—Brash, Impudent, Blasphemer—
intemperate hotheads, every one.
Lazy people finally die of hunger
because they won’t get up and go to work.
Sinners are always wanting what they don’t have;
the God-loyal are always giving what they do have.