The Book of Proverbs is filled with comparisons and contrasts. Its wisdom is ageless. (All of the selected verses below are quoted from the New American Standard Bible.)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight (3: 5, 6).
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil (3: 7).
My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD, Or loathe His reproof, For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father, the son in whom he delights (3: 11, 12).
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you (9: 10, 11).
Ill-gotten gains do not profit, But righteousness delivers from death (10: 2).
Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions (10: 12).
Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth (5: 18).
The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; He who would destroy himself does it (6: 32).
The fear of the LORD prolongs life, But the years of the wicked will be shortened (10: 27).
He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is trustworthy conceals a matter (11: 13).
As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion (11: 22).
A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, But the compassion of the wicked is cruel (12: 10).
There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing (12: 18).
Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, But those who deal faithfully are His delight (12: 22).
Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad (12: 25).
A wise son accepts his father’s discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke (13: 1).
Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is good will (14: 9).
There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death (14: 12).
A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless (14: 16).
He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor (14: 21).
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly (14: 29).
He who opposes the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him (14: 31).
Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people (14: 34).
A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger (15: 1).
A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother (15: 20).
He who profits illicitly troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live (15: 27).
The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous (15: 29).
Commit your works to the LORD, And your plans will be established (16: 3).
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling (16: 18).
He who returns evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house (17: 18).
A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones (17: 22).
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is counted prudent (17: 28).
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit (18: 21).
A man of many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (18: 24).
Do not say, “I will repay evil”; Wait for the LORD and He will save you (20: 22).
A good name is to be more desired than great riches, Favor is better than silver and gold (22: 1).
Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it (22: 6).