Continuing with yet more favorite themes, Proverbs states that it's better to be poor and have integrity than to be a fool.
One of the aspects of being a fool is desiring things without having any knowledge—letting your wants lead you by the nose, essentially, with no reflection.
Even though people's only folly brings them down, they still rage against God, like he's responsible.
Wealth earns friends, but poverty makes people dislike you or stay away (though Proverbs says nothing about whether wealth earns you real friends).
Proverbs proceeds to re-tread old (and some new) territory: false witnesses, foolish children, and quarrelsome wives are bad; slaves shouldn't rule over princes; it's good to overlook offenses; and kings are pretty great when they're in a good mood.
Stuck in the Candy Dish
Proverbs repeats advice (that, for the most part, it's already repeated): be kind to the poor, beat your kids to discipline them, listen to good advice.
There's no point in trying to save someone from their own violent temper: you'll just need to do it all over again.
Lazy people are so lazy that they'll stick their hand in a dish (of Werther's Originals, or the ancient equivalent) and won't even have the willpower to take it out.
Even though Proverbs said there's no point in rebuking the wicked, here it says that if someone strikes a scoffer it helps simple people know what's up.
The chapter ends by repeating a couple of Proverbs' classic stand-bys: listen to Mom and Dad and don't be a scoffer or fool, because you'll end up getting flogged.