13 Happy is a man who finds wisdome
and who acquires understanding,
and her revenue is better than gold.f
15 She is more precious than jewels;g
nothing you desire can equal her.h
16 Long lifeA is in her right hand;
in her left, riches and honor.i
17 Her ways are pleasant,j
and all her paths, peaceful.
18 She is a tree of lifek to those who embrace her,
and those who hold on to her are happy.
19 The Lord founded the earth by wisdoml
and established the heavens by understanding.
20 By his knowledge the watery depths broke open,m
and the clouds dripped with dew.n
My son, don’t lose sight of them.o
and adornmentC for your neck.
your foot will not stumble.q
you will lie down, and your sleep will be pleasant.
or the ruin of the wicked when it comes,s
26 for the Lord will be your confidenceE
and will keep your foot from a snare.t
27 When it is in your power,F
don’t withhold goodu from the one to whom it belongs.
I’ll give it tomorrow”—when it is there with you.v
29 Don’t plan any harm against your neighbor,w
for he trusts you and lives near you.
30 Don’t accuse anyone without cause,x
when he has done you no harm.
31 Don’t envy a violent many
or choose any of his ways;
33 The Lord’s curse is on the household of the wicked,aa
but he blesses the home of the righteous;
but gives grace to the humble.ab
but he holds up fools to dishonor.H
Lit Length of days
Or be your throat
LXX reads sit
Or be at your side
Lit in the power of your hands
Or confidential counsel
Or but haughty fools dishonor, or but fools exalt dishonor