The plans of the diligent lead to profit
as surely as haste leads to poverty.
A fortune made by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapour and a deadly snare.[a]
The violence of the wicked will drag them away,
for they refuse to do what is right.
The way of the guilty is devious,
but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
Better to live on a corner of the roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
The wicked crave evil;
their neighbours get no mercy from them.
When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom;
by paying attention to the wise they get knowledge.
The Righteous One[b] takes note of the house of the wicked
and brings the wicked to ruin.
Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor
will also cry out and not be answered.
A gift given in secret soothes anger,
and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous
but terror to evildoers.
Whoever strays from the path of prudence
comes to rest in the company of the dead.
- Proverbs 21:6 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts vapour for those who seek death
- Proverbs 21:12 Or The righteous person