The simple believe anything,
but the prudent give thought to their steps.
The wise fear the Lord and shun evil,
but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.
A quick-tempered person does foolish things,
and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.
The simple inherit folly,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good,
and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,
but the rich have many friends.
It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,
but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.
Do not those who plot evil go astray?
But those who plan what is good find14:22 Or show love and faithfulness.
All hard work brings a profit,
but mere talk leads only to poverty.
The wealth of the wise is their crown,
but the folly of fools yields folly.