to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.n
The Lord is the Maker of them all.o
3 The prudent see danger and take refuge,p
but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.q
5 In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,t
but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.w
and the borrower is slave to the lender.
8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,x
and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.y
9 The generous will themselves be blessed,z
for they share their food with the poor.a
quarrels and insults are ended.b
will have the king for a friend.c
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!d
I’ll be killed in the public square!”
14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;e
a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.f
but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.g
and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.
apply your heart to what I teach,j
and have all of them ready on your lips.
I teach you today, even you.
sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth,k
so that you bring back truthful reports
to those you serve?
22 Do not exploit the poorl because they are poor
and do not crush the needy in court,m
23 for the Lord will take up their casen
and will exact life for life.o
24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
do not associate with one easily angered,
and get yourself ensnared.p
26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledgeq
or puts up security for debts;
your very bed will be snatched from under you.r
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stones
set up by your ancestors.
29 Do you see someone skilledt in their work?
they will not serve before officials of low rank.
23 When you sit to dine with a ruler,
note well whata is before you,
if you are given to gluttony.
3 Do not crave his delicacies,w
for that food is deceptive.
4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
do not trust your own cleverness.
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,x
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.y
6 Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
do not crave his delicacies;z
who is always thinking about the cost.b
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
and will have wasted your compliments.
9 Do not speak to fools,
for they will scorn your prudent words.a
10 Do not move an ancient boundary stoneb
or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
he will take up their case against you.e
12 Apply your heart to instructionf
and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
and save them from death.g
15 My son, if your heart is wise,
then my heart will be glad indeed;
when your lips speak what is right.h
17 Do not let your heart envyi sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
and your hope will not be cut off.j
19 Listen, my son,k and be wise,
and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much winel
or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,m
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.n
wisdom, instruction and insight as well.o
a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.p
may she who gave you birth be joyful!q
26 My son,r give me your heart
and let your eyes delight in my ways,s
27 for an adulterous woman is a deep pit,t
and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Like a bandit she lies in waitu
and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine,v
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
and poisons like a viper.
and your mind will imagine confusing things.
lying on top of the rigging.
They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?”w
24 Do not envyx the wicked,
do not desire their company;
2 for their hearts plot violence,y
and their lips talk about making trouble.z
3 By wisdom a house is built,a
and through understanding it is established;
with rare and beautiful treasures.b
5 The wise prevail through great power,
and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
and victory is won through many advisers.c
7 Wisdom is too high for fools;
in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
8 Whoever plots evil
will be known as a schemer.
and people detest a mocker.
10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
how small is your strength!d
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.e
does not he who weighsf the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.i
15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
do not plunder their dwelling place;
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.j
17 Do not gloatk when your enemy falls;
when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,l
and turn his wrath away from them.m
19 Do not fretn because of evildoers
or be envious of the wicked,
and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.o
21 Fear the Lord and the king,p my son,
and do not join with rebellious officials,
22 for those two will send sudden destructionq on them,
and who knows what calamities they can bring?
23 These also are sayings of the wise:r
24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”u
will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
and rich blessing will come on them.
is like a kiss on the lips.
and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house.
28 Do not testify against your neighbor without causev—
would you use your lips to mislead?
I’ll pay them back for what they did.”w
30 I went past the field of a sluggard,x
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
a little folding of the hands to resty—
and scarcity like an armed man.z
Or for as he thinks within himself, / so he is; or for as he puts on a feast, / so he is
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