1 Do not envy evil people,
and do not crave to be with them.
2 For their heart groans for violence,
and their lips speak trouble.
3 By Wisdom a house is built,
and by understanding it is established,
4 and by knowledge its rooms are filled
with all precious and pleasant wealth.
5 A wise man is strong,
and a person with knowledge grows in strength.
6 For with wise guidance you should wage your war,
and with a multitude of advisors there is deliverance.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool;
he does not even open his mouth at the gate.
8 He who devises to do evil,
they will call him, “Schemer.”
9 A foolish plan is sin,
and a mocker is an abomination to humankind.
10 If you show yourself to be lax on a day of trouble,
your strength is limited.
11 Deliver those who are being dragged off to death,
and do not hold back from helping those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
does not he himself who examines the hearts discern it?
Does not he himself who guards your soul know it?
Will he not repay a person according to his work?
13 Eat some honey, my son, for it is good,
and honey from the comb is sweet on the roof of your mouth,
14 so, know that wisdom is sweet to your soul;
if you find it, then there will be a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.
15 Do not lie in wait, O wicked person, at the dwelling place of a righteous person,
do not assault his place of rest.
16 For a righteous person will fall seven times, and he stands back up,
but the wicked stumble in times of distress.
17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart celebrate when he stumbles,
18 lest Yahweh sees it, and it is evil in his eyes,
and he turns away his anger from him.
19 Do not be agitated with those who do evil;
do not be envious of the wicked.
20 For there will be no future for the evil person;
the lamp of the wicked will go out.
21 Fear Yahweh, my son, and fear the king;
do not get involved with those who think otherwise,
22 for suddenly their disaster will arise,
and who can know the ruin that will come from the two of them?
23 These proverbs also are for the wise:
To show partiality in judgment is not good.
24 The one who says to the wicked person, “You are righteous,”
people will curse him; a nation will be indignant with him.
25 But for those who offer rebuke, it will go well,
and upon them will come a good blessing.
26 He kisses the lips—he who replies with a straight answer.
27 Prepare your work outside,
and carefully prepare it for yourself in the field;
afterwards, then, build your house.
28 Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause,
or would you try to persuade with your lips?
29 Do not say, “Just as he does to me, so I will do to him,
I will repay the man according to his evil work.”
30 I passed by the field of a lazy person,
and by the vineyard of a person lacking sense,
31 and behold, it was all overgrown with thistles;
its surface was covered with weeds,
and its stone wall had fallen down.
32 When I noticed, I paid attention;
I observed, and I learned this lesson.
33 “Just a little more sleep, a little more slumber,
a little more folding of the arms to lie here,”
34 and your poverty will come like a robber,
and your needs like an armed man.