The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
but those who promote peace have joy.
No harm overtakes the righteous,
but the wicked have their fill of trouble.
The Lord detests lying lips,
but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves,
but a fool’s heart blurts out folly.
Diligent hands will rule,
but laziness ends in forced labor.
Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up.
The righteous choose their friends carefully,
but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
The lazy do not roast12:27 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. any game,
but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.