1 Better is a poor person walking in blamelessness
than one who has twisted lips and is rich.
2 Moreover, it is not good to have a desire without knowledge,
and one who makes haste with his feet commits sin.
3 A person’s foolishness perverts his road,
but his heart rages against Yahweh.
4 Wealth will add many friends,
but a poor person will be separated from his friend.
5 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and the one who tells lies will not escape.
6 Many will entreat the favora of a generous personb,
and everyone is a friend to a person who gives gifts.
7 All the brothers of a poor person hate him;
indeed, how much more does his friend who distances himself from him.
He eagerly pursues him with words, but they are of no avail.
8 The one who gets good sense loves his own soul;
the one who safeguards discernment will find good.
9 A false witness will not go unpunished,
and the one who tells lies will perish.
10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool;
indeed, how much less fitting for a slave to rule over princes.
11 A person’s good judgment makes him slow to anger,
and it is his honor to overlook an offense.
12 The king’s rage is like the growl of a lion,
but his favor is like the dew upon the grass.
13 A foolish son brings destruction to his father,
and the contentions of a wife are like a constantly leaking roof.
14 A house and wealth are the inheritance from fathers,
but an insightful wife is from Yahweh.
15 Laziness causes one to fall into deep sleep,
and the idle personc will go hungry.
16 The one who keeps the commandment watches over his life,d
but the one who has contempt for his road will be killed.
17 The one who shows favor to a poor person lends to Yahweh,
and he will repay him according to his good work.
18 Correct your son, for there is hope,
and do not long in your soul for him to die.
19 A person with great anger will bear the penalty,
surely, if you deliver him, then you will do it again and again.
20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline
in order that you may be wise in your latter days.
21 Many plans are in a person’s heart,
but Yahweh’s counsel itself will stand.
22 A person’s wicked desire is his shame,
and it is better to be poor than one who tells lies.
23 The fear of Yahweh leads to life,
and the one who has it will sleep satisfied through the night and not be visited by evil.
24 The lazy person buries his hand in the dish;
indeed, he will not bring it back to his mouth.
25 Strike a mocker and a naïve person will act prudently,
and if you reprove the one who has understanding, he will discern knowledge.
26 He who assaults his father and drives his mother away
is a shameful and disgraceful son.
27 My son, cease listening to teaching,
and you will go astray from words of knowledge.
28 A witness of Belial mocks justice,
and the mouth of criminals devours wickedness.
29 Judgments have been prepared for mockers,
and beatings have been prepared for the backs of fools.