The fear of the Lord leads to life;
then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he will not even bring it back to his mouth!
Flog a mocker, and the simple will learn prudence;
rebuke the discerning, and they will gain knowledge.
Whoever robs their father and drives out their mother
is a child who brings shame and disgrace.
Stop listening to instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.
A corrupt witness mocks at justice,
and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
Penalties are prepared for mockers,
and beatings for the backs of fools.
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion;
those who anger him forfeit their lives.
It is to one’s honour to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel.
Sluggards do not plough in season;
so at harvest time they look but find nothing.