The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender.
Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,
and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
The generous will themselves be blessed,
for they share their food with the poor.
Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
quarrels and insults are ended.
One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
will have the king for a friend.
The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
The sluggard says, ‘There’s a lion outside!
I’ll be killed in the public square!’
The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;
a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth
and one who gives gifts to the rich – both come to poverty.