"A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth works ruin."
Leaders value those who speak the truth.
"Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
they value a man who speaks the truth."
Most people will appreciate truth in the end more than flattery.
"He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor
than he who has a flattering tongue."
Quality of Life
The righteous person's plans are just.
"The plans of the righteous are just,
but the advice of the wicked is deceitful."
Truthful witnesses do not deceive; false witnesses pour out lies.
"A truthful witness does not deceive,
but a false witness pours out lies."
Truthful witnesses save lives.
"A truthful witness saves lives, but a false witness is deceitful."
The children of the righteous are blessed.
"The righteous man leads a blameless life;
blessed are his children after him."
Ill-gotten treasure is of no value.
"Ill-gotten treasures are of no value,
but righteousness delivers from death."
The righteous are rescued from trouble.
"The righteous man is rescued from trouble,
and it comes on the wicked instead."
The evil are trapped by sinful talk.
"An evil man is trapped by his sinful talk,
but a righteous man escapes trouble."
Fraudulent gain is sweet for a while.
"Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man,
but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel."
The upright are guided by integrity.
"The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity."
Truthful lips endure.
"Truthful lips endure forever,
but a lying tongue lasts only a moment."
Riches gained quickly don't last.
"An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning
will not be blessed at the end."
Riches gained dishonestly don't last.
"A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting
vapor and a deadly snare."
The blameless are kept safe.
"He whose walk is blameless is kept safe,
but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall."
God delights in honesty.
"The Lord abhors dishonest scales,
but accurate weights are his delight."
God delights in those who are truthful.
"The Lord detests lying lips,
but he delights in men who are truthful."
God detests unjust measures.
"Differing weights and differing measures--the Lord detests them both."
God is pleased when we do what is right and just.
"To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice."