How to tell good from bad
Good people learn from others1 People who love to learn will embrace correction when they’re wrong.
People who hate correction get to stay stupid.
2 The LORD approves of good people,
Not the evil ones, whom he condemns.
3 Evil keeps bad people from planting their roots and settling down into stable lives.
Roots of good people run deep and hold strong.
4 A great wife makes her husband proud.
A deplorable wife shames him to the bone.
5 Good people make plans that are fair.
Bad people make plans that deceive.
6 Bad people use their words to ambush.
Good people use their words to save.
7 Bad people eventually get overrun, lose everything, and die.
A good person’s family lives on.
People avoid the scatterbrained8 People warm up to folks with common sense and good judgment.
But they can’t stand an unpredictable and scatterbrained person.
9 It’s better to be regular folk with someone working for you,
Than to be the kind of people who brag about themselves,
When they can’t pay the grocery bill.
Be kind to animals10 Good people are kind even to their animals.
But the kindest act of a rotten human stinks of cruelty.
11 If you plow your fields and work the land, you’ll have plenty of food.
It makes no sense to do otherwise, and waste your time goofing off.
12 Bad people get jealous when see they how much someone else stole.
Good people have solid resources that keep producing.
13 Bad people trip over their own lying lips.
Good people don’t have a lip problem.
14 People get rewarded for what they say, and are satisfied.
Hard work rewards them, too.
15 Fools think it’s their way or no way,
But wise people take advice.
16 It’s easy to spot a hot-tempered idiot.
An even-tempered person shrugs off the insults.
Ambushed and stabbed by words17 An honest witness does the right thing and tells the truth.
A dishonest witness doesn’t.
18 Some use their words like a sword, ambushing and stabbing others.
Wise people use their words to heal.
19 True words have a long shelf life—they’re eternal.
Lies come and go.
20 Bad people who want to do something bad have deceit on their mind.
Good people who want to do something peaceful have joy in the heart.
21 Good and godly people aren’t the ones who are going to get hurt.
Bad people get a wagonload of trouble.
22 The LORD hates to hear the flapping of lying lips.
But he loves it when people stay true to him.
23 Sensible people don’t show off how smart they are.
Fools show off how dumb they are.
24 Hard workers become leaders.
Lazy bums get sold into slavery as forced labor.
Rx for anxiety: kind words25 Anxiety can weigh heavy on a person.
But kind words can make a person happy again.
26 People can follow the example of a good person.
But an evil person will take them in the wrong way.
27 A lazy person has nothing to cook.
An industrious person is rich.
28 Living the right kind of life, as a good person, leads to life.
There’s no death along this trail.
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