Walk with the Wise 13 1Intelligent children listen to their parents; foolish children do their own thing. 2The good acquire a taste for helpful conversation; bullies push and shove their way through life. 3Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything. 4Indolence wants it all and gets nothing; the energetic have something to show for their lives. 5A good person hates false talk; a bad person wallows in gibberish. 6A God–loyal life keeps you on track; sin dumps the wicked in the ditch. 7A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life. 8The rich can be sued for everything they have, but the poor are free of such threats. 9The lives of good people are brightly lit streets; the lives of the wicked are dark alleys. 10Arrogant know–it–alls stir up discord, but wise men and women listen to each other’s counsel. 11Easy come, easy go, but steady diligence pays off. 12Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around. 13Ignore the Word and suffer; honor God’s commands and grow rich. 14The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, so, no more drinking from death–tainted wells! 15Sound thinking makes for gracious living, but liars walk a rough road. 16A commonsense person lives good sense; fools litter the country with silliness. 17Irresponsible talk makes a real mess of things, but a reliable reporter is a healing presence. 18Refuse discipline and end up homeless; embrace correction and live an honored life. 19Souls who follow their hearts thrive; fools bent on evil despise matters of soul. 20Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces. 21Disaster entraps sinners, but God–loyal people get a good life. 22A good life gets passed on to the grandchildren; ill–gotten wealth ends up with good people. 23Banks foreclose on the farms of the poor, or else the poor lose their shirts to crooked lawyers. 24A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them. 25An appetite for good brings much satisfaction, but the belly of the wicked always wants more.
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