GOD’S WORD Translation
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Better a bite of dry bread ⸤eaten⸥ in peace 

than a family feast filled with strife. 

A wise slave will become master over a son who acts shamefully, 

and he will share the inheritance with the brothers. 

The crucible is for refining silver and the smelter for gold, 

but the one who purifies hearts ⸤by fire⸥ is the Lord

An evildoer pays attention to wicked lips. 

A liar opens his ears to a slanderous tongue. 

Whoever makes fun of a poor person insults his maker. 

Whoever is happy ⸤to see someone’s⸥ distress will not escape punishment. 

Grandchildren are the crown of grandparents, 

and parents are the glory of their children. 

The Consequences of Being a Fool

Refined speech is not fitting for a godless fool. 

How much less does lying fit a noble person! 

A bribe seems ⸤like⸥ a jewel to the one who gives it.a

Wherever he turns, he prospers. 

Whoever forgives an offense seeks love, 

but whoever keeps bringing up the issue separates the closest of friends. 

10  A reprimand impresses a person who has understanding 

more than a hundred lashes impress a fool. 

11  A rebel looks for nothing but evil. 

Therefore, a cruel messenger will be sent ⸤to punish⸥ him. 

12  Better to meet a bear robbed of its cubs 

than a fool ⸤carried away⸥ with his stupidity. 

13  Whoever pays back evil for good— 

evil will never leave his home. 

14  Starting a quarrel is ⸤like⸥ opening a floodgate, 

so stop before the argument gets out of control. 

15  Whoever approves of wicked people and whoever condemns righteous people 

is disgusting to the Lord

16  Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom 

when he doesn’t have a mind to grasp anything? 

17  A friend always loves, 

and a brother is born to share trouble. 

18  A person without good sense closes a deal with a handshake. 

He guarantees a loan in the presence of his friend. 

19  Whoever loves sin loves a quarrel. 

Whoever builds his city gate high invites destruction. 

20  A twisted mind never finds happiness, 

and one with a devious tongue ⸤repeatedly⸥ gets into trouble. 

21  The parent of a fool has grief, 

and the father of a godless fool has no joy. 

22  A joyful heart is good medicine, 

but depression drains one’s strength. 

23  A wicked person secretly accepts a bribe to corrupt the ways of justice. 

24  Wisdom is directly in front of an understanding person, 

but the eyes of a fool ⸤are looking around⸥ all over the world. 

How Fools Live

25  A foolish son is a heartache to his father 

and bitter grief to his mother. 

26  To punish an innocent person is not good. 

To strike down noble people is not right. 

27  Whoever has knowledge controls his words, 

and a person who has understanding is even-tempered. 

28  Even a stubborn fool is thought to be wise if he keeps silent. 

He is considered intelligent if he keeps his lips sealed. 


About GOD’S WORD Translation

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) communicates the saving, life-changing Good News about Jesus in clear, natural English. Translated directly from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek by a committee of scholars, GOD’S WORD is an exceptional Bible that consciously combines scholarly fidelity with natural English.

By implementing the translation principles of Closest Natural Equivalence, the translation committee seeks to translate the best available texts into English with the closest possible accuracy. This commitment to accurately translating the Bible includes expressing the meaning naturally and in a style that preserves the characteristics of the source text.

The combination of accuracy and readability makes GOD’S WORD ideally suited for the following:

Devotional reading and in-depth study

Preaching, teaching, and worship




Scripture references from GOD’S WORD are used by permission. Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. All rights reserved.

Up to 500 verses from GOD’S WORD may be quoted in any form (printed, written, visual, electronic, or audio) without written permission, provided that no more than half of any one book is quoted, and the verses quoted do not amount to more than 25% of the text of the work in which they are quoted.

The designation (GOD’S WORD) must always appear after each quotation. In addition, if the quotation is used in a work that is not for sale, the work must bear the following notice either on the title page or reverse thereof of each copy, or in a location where it can be readily perceived by the reader:

GOD’S WORD is a copyrighted work of God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. Quotations are used by permission.

If used in a work that is for sale, the following copyright notice must be used:

GOD’S WORD is a copyrighted work of God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. Quotations are used by permission. Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society. All rights reserved.

For quotation of over 500 verses and/or questions about these policies, contact God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society, P.O. Box 26343, Cleveland, Ohio 44126-0343, U.S.A.

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