Good News Translation (GNB)
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201Drinking too much makes you loud and foolish. It's stupid to get drunk.

2Fear an angry king as you would a growling lion; making him angry is suicide.

3Any fool can start arguments; the honourable thing is to stay out of them.

4A farmer who is too lazy to plough his fields at the right time will have nothing to harvest.

5A person's thoughts are like water in a deep well, but someone with insight can draw them out.

6Everyone talks about how loyal and faithful he is, but just try to find someone who really is!

7Children are fortunate if they have a father who is honest and does what is right.

8The king sits in judgement and knows evil when he sees it.

9Can anyone really say that his conscience is clear, that he has got rid of his sin?

10The LORD hates people who use dishonest weights and measures.

11Even children show what they are by what they do; you can tell if they are honest and good.

12The LORD has given us eyes to see with and ears to listen with.

13If you spend your time sleeping, you will be poor. Keep busy and you will have plenty to eat.

14The customer always complains that the price is too high, but then he goes off and brags about the bargain he got.

15If you know what you are talking about, you have something more valuable than gold or jewels.

16Anyone stupid enough to promise to be responsible for a stranger's debts ought to have his own property held to guarantee payment.

17What you get by dishonesty you may enjoy like the finest food, but sooner or later it will be like a mouthful of sand.

18Get good advice and you will succeed; don't go charging into battle without a plan.

19A gossip can never keep a secret. Stay away from people who talk too much.

20If you curse your parents, your life will end like a lamp that goes out in the dark.

21The more easily you get your wealth, the less good it will do you.

22Don't take it on yourself to repay a wrong. Trust the LORD and he will make it right.

23The LORD hates people who use dishonest scales and weights.

24The LORD has determined our path; how then can anyone understand the direction his own life is taking?

25Think carefully before you promise an offering to God. You might regret it later.

26A wise king will find out who is doing wrong, and will punish him without pity.

27The LORD gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from ourselves.

28A king will remain in power as long as his rule is honest, just, and fair.

29We admire the strength of youth and respect the grey hair of age.

30Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways.

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211The LORD controls the mind of a king as easily as he directs the course of a stream.

2You may think that everything you do is right, but remember that the LORD judges your motives.

3Do what is right and fair; that pleases the LORD more than bringing him sacrifices.

4Wicked people are controlled by their conceit and arrogance, and this is sinful.

5Plan carefully and you will have plenty; if you act too quickly, you will never have enough.

6The riches you get by dishonesty soon disappear, but not before they lead you into the jaws of death.

7The wicked are doomed by their own violence; they refuse to do what is right.

8Guilty people walk a crooked path; the innocent do what is right.

9Better to live on the roof than share the house with a nagging wife.

10Wicked people are always hungry for evil; they have no mercy on anyone.

11When someone who is conceited gets his punishment, even an unthinking person learns a lesson. One who is wise will learn from what he is taught.

12God, the righteous one, knows what goes on in the homes of the wicked, and he will bring the wicked down to ruin.

13If you refuse to listen to the cry of the poor, your own cry for help will not be heard.

14If someone is angry with you, a gift given secretly will calm him down.

15When justice is done, good people are happy, but evil people are brought to despair.

16Death is waiting for anyone who wanders away from good sense.

17Indulging in luxuries, wine, and rich food will never make you wealthy.

18The wicked bring on themselves the suffering they try to cause good people.

19Better to live out in the desert than with a nagging, complaining wife.

20Wise people live in wealth and luxury, but stupid people spend their money as fast as they get it.

21Be kind and honest and you will live a long life; others will respect you and treat you fairly.

22A shrewd general can take a city defended by strong men, and destroy the walls they relied on.

23If you want to stay out of trouble, be careful what you say.

24Show me a conceited person and I will show you someone who is arrogant, proud, and inconsiderate.

25Lazy people who refuse to work are only killing themselves; 26all they do is think about what they would like to have. The righteous, however, can give, and give generously.

27The LORD hates it when wicked people offer him sacrifices, especially if they do it from evil motives.

28The testimony of a liar is not believed, but the word of someone who thinks matters through is accepted.

29Righteous people are sure of themselves; the wicked have to pretend as best they can.

30Human wisdom, brilliance, insight — they are of no help if the LORD is against you.

31You can get horses ready for battle, but it is the LORD who gives victory.

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221If you have to choose between a good reputation and great wealth, choose a good reputation.

2The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD made them both.

3Sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later.

4Obey the LORD, be humble, and you will get riches, honour, and a long life.

5If you love your life, stay away from the traps that catch the wicked along the way.

6Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their lives.

7Poor people are slaves of the rich. Borrow money and you are the lender's slave.

8If you sow the seeds of injustice, disaster will spring up, and your oppression of others will end.

9Be generous and share your food with the poor. You will be blessed for it.

10Get rid of a conceited person, and then there will be no more arguments, quarrelling, or calling of names.

11If you love purity of heart and graciousness of speech, the king will be your friend.

12The LORD sees to it that truth is kept safe by disproving the words of liars.

13Lazy people stay at home; they say a lion might get them if they go outside.

14Adultery is a trap — it catches those with whom the LORD is angry.

15Children just naturally do silly, careless things, but a good spanking will teach them how to behave.

16If you make gifts to rich people or oppress the poor to get rich, you will become poor yourself.

The Thirty Wise Sayings

17Listen, and I will teach you what the wise have said. Study their teachings, 18and you will be glad if you remember them and can quote them. 19I want you to put your trust in the LORD; that is why I am going to tell them to you now. 20I have written down thirty sayings for you. They contain knowledge and good advice, 21and will teach you what the truth really is. Then when you are sent to find it out, you will bring back the right answer.

The First Saying

22Don't take advantage of the poor just because you can; don't take advantage of those who stand helpless in court. 23The LORD will argue their case for them and threaten the life of anyone who threatens theirs.

The Second Saying

24Don't make friends with people who have hot, violent tempers. 25You might learn their habits and not be able to change.

The Third Saying

26Don't promise to be responsible for someone else's debts. 27If you should be unable to pay, they will take away even your bed.

The Fourth Saying

28Never move an old boundary mark that your ancestors established.

The Fifth Saying

29Show me someone who does a good job, and I will show you someone who is better than most and worthy of the company of kings.