A troublemaker plants seeds of strife;
gossip separates the best of friends.
Violent people mislead their companions,
leading them down a harmful path.
With narrowed eyes, people plot evil;
with a smirk, they plan their mischief.
Gray hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained by living a godly life.
Better to be patient than powerful;
better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
We may throw the dice,[a]
but the Lord determines how they fall.
- 16:33 Hebrew We may cast lots.
Better a dry crust eaten in peace
than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.
A wise servant will rule over the master’s disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance of the master’s children.
Fire tests the purity of silver and gold,
but the Lord tests the heart.
Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip;
liars pay close attention to slander.