Walk with the wise and become wise;
associate with fools and get in trouble.
Trouble chases sinners,
while blessings reward the righteous.
Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren,
but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.
A poor person’s farm may produce much food,
but injustice sweeps it all away.
Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children.
Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.
The godly eat to their hearts’ content,
but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.
A wise woman builds her home,
but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.
Those who follow the right path fear the Lord;
those who take the wrong path despise him.
A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him,
but the words of the wise keep them safe.
Without oxen a stable stays clean,
but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.