15Laziness casts into a deep sleep,
And an idle man will suffer hunger.
16He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul,
But he who is careless of conduct will die.
17One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord,
And He will repay him for his good deed.
18Discipline your son while there is hope,
And do not desire his death.
19A man of great anger will bear the penalty,
For if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again.
20Listen to counsel and accept discipline,
That you may be wise the rest of your days.
21Many plans are in a man’s heart,
But the counsel of the Lord will stand.
22What is desirable in a man is his kindness,
And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
23The fear of the Lord leads to life,
So that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.
24The sluggard buries his hand in the dish,
But will not even bring it back to his mouth.
25Strike a scoffer and the naive may become shrewd,
But reprove one who has understanding and he will gain knowledge.
26He who assaults his father and drives his mother away
Is a shameful and disgraceful son.
27Cease listening, my son, to discipline,
And you will stray from the words of knowledge.
28A rascally witness makes a mockery of justice,
And the mouth of the wicked spreads iniquity.
29Judgments are prepared for scoffers,
And blows for the back of fools.
1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation
Action: How should I fear God so I can have a great life?