Malicious Winker And Chattering Fool
10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief,
and a chattering fool comes to ruin.
A Malicious Winker
is like a Finger Crosser
(for excusing a lie).
Something crooked and dangerous
is foreshadowed by the action.
A Chattering Fool is known
for speaking just to speak
and his very words die when spoken.
Integrity Or Corruption
9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.
The Righteous are secure.
The Corrupt will be exposed.
Avoid Coming To Ruin
8 The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
New International Version (NIV)
Follow sound advice
or come to ruin.
Blessings Or Rot
7 The name of the righteous is used in blessings,
but the name of the wicked will rot.
Grace follows the Righteous.
Decay follows the Wicked.
The Head Of The Righteous
The Mouth Of The Wicked
6 Blessings crown the head of the righteous,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
The Righteous bring blessings.
The Wicked bring violence.