Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent –
the Lord detests them both.
Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
when they are not able to understand it?
A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge
and puts up security for a neighbour.
Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.
One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;
one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
To have a fool for a child brings grief;
there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
The wicked accept bribes in secret
to pervert the course of justice.
A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.