4Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
4Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.
4Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.
4A worthy wife is a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones.
4Riches won’t help on the day of judgment, but right living can save you from death.
4Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.
4Come in with me, she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgment, she says,
4I call to you, to all of you! I raise my voice to all people.
4Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family.