Religious performance by the wicked stinks;
it’s even worse when they use it to get ahead.
A lying witness is unconvincing;
a person who speaks truth is respected.
Unscrupulous people fake it a lot;
honest people are sure of their steps.
Nothing clever, nothing conceived, nothing contrived,
can get the better of God.
Do your best, prepare for the worst—
then trust God to bring victory.
The Cure Comes Through Discipline
A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich;
a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank.
The rich and the poor shake hands as equals—
God made them both!
A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks;
a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered.
The payoff for meekness and Fear-of-God
is plenty and honor and a satisfying life.
The perverse travel a dangerous road, potholed and mud-slick;
if you know what’s good for you, stay clear of it.
Point your kids in the right direction—
when they’re old they won’t be lost.