16 Whoever leaves the path of understanding
ends up with those who are dead.
17 Anyone who loves pleasure will become poor.
Anyone who loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.
18 Evil people become the payment for setting godly people free.
Those who aren’t faithful are the payment for honest people.
19 It is better to live in a desert
than to live with a nagging wife who loves to argue.
20 Wise people store up the best food and olive oil.
But foolish people eat up everything they have.
21 Anyone who wants to be godly and loving
finds life, success and honor.
22 A wise person can attack a strong city.
They can pull down the place of safety its people trust in.
23 Those who are careful about what they say
keep themselves out of trouble.
24 A proud person is called a mocker.
He thinks much too highly of himself.
25 Some people will die while they are still hungry.
That’s because their hands refuse to work.
26 All day long they hunger for more.
But godly people give without holding back.
27 God hates sacrifices that are brought by evil people.
He hates it even more when they bring them for the wrong reason.
28 Witnesses who aren’t honest will die.
But anyone who listens carefully will be a successful witness.
29 Sinful people try to look as if they were bold.
But honest people think about how they live.
30 No wisdom, wise saying or plan
can succeed against the Lord.
31 You can prepare a horse for the day of battle.
But the power to win comes from the Lord.
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