Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense;
a sensible person stays on the right path.
Plans go wrong for lack of advice;
many advisers bring success.
Everyone enjoys a fitting reply;
it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!
The path of life leads upward for the wise;
they leave the grave[a] behind.
The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
but he protects the property of widows.
The Lord detests evil plans,
but he delights in pure words.
Greed brings grief to the whole family,
but those who hate bribes will live.
The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking;
the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.
The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayers of the righteous.
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart;
good news makes for good health.
- 15:24 Hebrew Sheol.