Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
and parents are the pride of their children.
Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;
they think success will come at every turn.
Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
A rebuke impresses a discerning person
more than a hundred lashes a fool.
Evildoers foster rebellion against God;
the messenger of death will be sent against them.
Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than a fool bent on folly.
Evil will never leave the house
of one who pays back evil for good.
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.