1A good name is to be chosen over great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold.
2The rich and the poor have this in common: Yahweh is the one who creates them all.
3A prudent person sees evil and hides, but the naïve continue on and are punished.
4The reward of humility—the fear of Yahweh— is wealth, glory, and life.
5Thorns and traps are on the road of the twisted person; the one who watches over his life will stay far from them.
6Train a child in the way he should go; even when he grows old he will not turn aside from it.
7The rich person rules over the poor, and the one who borrows is a slave to the one who lends.
8The one who sows injustice will reap wickedness, and the rod of his anger will fail.
9The generous person himself will be blessed because he gave of his bread to the poor.
10Drive out the mocker and strife will go out, even quarrelling and insults will cease.
11The person who loves a pure heart, whose lips are gracious—a king is his friend.
12The eyes of Yahweh guard knowledge, but he overturns the words of the one acting unfaithfully.
13The lazy person says, “There is a lion in the street! I will be killed out in the open.”
14The mouth of strange women is a deep pit; the person with whom Yahweh is angry will fall in there.
15Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; a rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
16The one who oppresses the poor does so for his own gain; the one who gives to the rich surely will come to poverty.
17Incline your ear and listen to the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge,
18for it is delightful when you keep them within you, then they will be established together upon your lips.
19So that your trust may be in Yahweh, I have made them known to you today—yes, you.
20Have I not written to you 30 sayings containing counsel and knowledge,
21to make known to you true words of faithfulness, and to return words of faithfulness to those who sent you?
22Do not rob a poor person because he is poor, and do not crush the needy at the city gate,
23for Yahweh will defend their case, and he will rob the life of those who robbed them.
24Do not make friends with an angry person, and do not associate with a person who is hot-tempered
25lest you learn his path and get your soul caught in a snare.
26Do not be among those who shake hands in a pledge, among those who put up security for loans.
27If you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take your bed out from under you?
28Do not move the ancient boundary marker that your fathers made.
29Do you see a man skilled in his occupation? He will take his stand before kings; he will not take his stand before obscure people.