22 A good name 1 is to be chosen 2 rather than great wealth,
good favor 3 more than silver or gold.
2 The rich and the poor meet together; 4
the Lord is the creator of them both. 5
3 A shrewd person 6 sees danger 7 and hides himself,
but the naive keep right on going 8 and suffer for it. 9
4 The reward 10 for humility 11 and fearing the Lord 12
is riches and honor and life.
5 Thorns and snares 13 are in the path of the perverse,
but the one who guards himself keeps far from them.
6 Train 14 a child 15 in the way that he should go, 16
and when he is old he will not turn from it. 17
7 The rich rule over 18 the poor,
and the borrower is servant 19 to the lender.
8 The one who sows 20 iniquity will reap trouble,
and the rod of his fury 21 will end.
9 A generous person 22 will be blessed, 23
for he gives some of his food 24 to the poor.
10 Drive out the scorner 25 and contention will leave;
strife and insults will cease. 26
11 The one who loves a pure heart 27
and whose speech is gracious 28 – the king will be his friend. 29
12 The eyes of the Lord 30 guard knowledge, 31
but he overthrows the words of the faithless person. 32
13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion 33 outside!
I will be killed in the middle of the streets!” 34
14 The mouth 35 of an adulteress is like 36 a deep pit; 37
the one against whom the Lord is angry 38 will fall into it. 39
15 Folly is bound up 40 in the heart of a child, 41
but the rod of discipline 42 will drive it far from him.
16 The one who oppresses the poor to increase his own gain
and the one who gives to the rich 43 – both end up only in poverty.
17 Incline your ear 44 and listen to the words of the wise,
and apply your heart to my instruction. 45
18 For it is pleasing if 46 you keep these sayings 47 within you,
and 48 they are ready on your lips. 49
19 So that 50 your confidence may be in the Lord,
I am making them known to you today 51 – even you.
20 Have I not written thirty sayings 52 for you,
sayings 53 of counsel and knowledge,
21 to show you true and reliable words, 54
so that you may give accurate answers 55 to those who sent you?
22 Do not exploit 56 a poor person because he is poor
and do not crush the needy in court, 57
23 for the Lord will plead their case 58
and will rob those who are robbing 59 them.
24 Do not make friends with an angry person, 60
and do not associate with a wrathful person,
25 lest you learn 61 his ways
and entangle yourself in a snare. 62
26 Do not be one who strikes hands in pledge
or who puts up security for debts.
27 If you do not have enough to pay,
your bed 63 will be taken 64 right out from under you! 65
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone 66
which was put in place by your ancestors. 67
29 Do you see a person skilled 68 in his work?
He will take his position before kings;
he will not take his position 69 before obscure people. 70
23 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
consider carefully 1 what 2 is before you,
2 and put a knife to your throat 3
if you possess a large appetite. 4
3 Do not crave that ruler’s 5 delicacies,
for 6 that food is deceptive. 7
4 Do not wear yourself out to become rich;
be wise enough to restrain yourself. 8
5 When you gaze upon riches, 9 they are gone,
for they surely make wings for themselves,
and fly off into the sky like an eagle! 10
6 Do not eat the food of a stingy person, 11
do not crave his delicacies;
7 for he is 12 like someone calculating the cost 13 in his mind. 14
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you;
8 you will vomit up 15 the little bit you have eaten,
and will have wasted your pleasant words. 16
9 Do not speak in the ears of a fool, 17
for he will despise the wisdom of your words. 18
10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone,
or take over 19 the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Protector 20 is strong;
he will plead their case against you. 21
12 Apply 22 your heart to instruction
and your ears to the words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
even if you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
14 If you strike 23 him with the rod,
you will deliver him 24 from death. 25
15 My child, 26 if your heart is wise,
then my heart also will be glad;
16 my soul 27 will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right. 28
17 Do not let your heart envy 29 sinners,
but rather be zealous in fearing the Lord 30 all the time.
18 For surely there is a future, 31
and your hope will not be cut off. 32
19 Listen, my child, 33 and be wise,
and guide your heart on the right way.
20 Do not spend time 34 among drunkards, 35
among those who eat too much 36 meat,
21 because drunkards and gluttons become impoverished,
and drowsiness 37 clothes them with rags. 38
22 Listen to your father who begot you,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Acquire 39 truth and do not sell it –
wisdom, and discipline, and understanding.
24 The father of a righteous person will rejoice greatly; 40
whoever fathers a wise child 41 will have joy in him.
25 May your father and your mother have joy;
may she who bore you rejoice. 42
26 Give me your heart, my son, 43
and let your eyes observe my ways;
27 for a prostitute is like 44 a deep pit;
a harlot 45 is like 46 a narrow well. 47
28 Indeed, she lies in wait like a robber, 48
and increases the unfaithful 49 among men. 50
29 Who has woe? 51 Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions? Who has complaints?
Who has wounds without cause? Who has dullness 52 of the eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine,
those who go looking for mixed wine. 53
31 Do not look on the wine when it is red,
when it sparkles 54 in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly. 55
32 Afterward 56 it bites like a snake,
and stings like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things, 57
and your mind will speak perverse things.
34 And you will be like one who lies down in the midst 58 of the sea,
and like one who lies down on the top of the rigging. 59
35 You will say, 60 “They have struck me, but I am not harmed!
They beat me, but I did not know it! 61
When will I awake? I will look for another drink.” 62