And says, i“I was only joking!”
And where there is no 4talebearer, strife ceases.
21 jAs charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire,
So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
And they go down into the 7inmost body.
Are like earthenware covered with silver dross.
And lays up deceit within himself;
For there are seven abominations in his heart;
His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.
27 lWhoever digs a pit will fall into it,
And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.
And a flattering mouth works mruin.
27 Do anot boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2 bLet another man praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.
But a fool’s wrath is heavier than both of them.
But cwho is able to stand before jealousy?
5 dOpen rebuke is better
Than love carefully concealed.
But the kisses of an enemy are edeceitful.
7 A satisfied soul 1loathes the honeycomb,
But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
Is a man who wanders from his place.
And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by 2hearty counsel.
Nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
fBetter is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
gThat I may answer him who reproaches me.
The simple pass on and are hpunished.
And hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.
It will be counted a curse to him.
15 A icontinual dripping on a very rainy day
And a contentious woman are alike;
16 Whoever 3restrains her restrains the wind,
And grasps oil with his right hand.
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
gossip or slanderer, lit. whisperer
gossip or slanderer
A Jewish tradition wounds
Lit. rooms of the belly
Lit. his voice is gracious
Lit. counsel of the soul