In the way of righteousness there is life;
along that path is immortality.
A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,
but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.
From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things,
but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,
but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
The righteous hate what is false,
but the wicked make themselves a stench
and bring shame on themselves.
Righteousness guards the person of integrity,
but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
A person’s riches may ransom their life,
but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.
The light of the righteous shines brightly,
but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.