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1Wine is a mocker, beer is a loudmouth, and everyone who goes astray by them is not wise.
  2The terror of a king is like the growl of a lion; the one who infuriates him does wrong to his own soul.
  3It is an honor for a person to cease from strife, but every fool will quarrel.
  4A lazy person does not plow in the proper season, so he begs at the harvest and has nothing.
  5The counsel in a person’s heart is like deep water, but a person with discernment will draw it out.
  6Many people claim to be loyal, but a faithful man, who can find?
  7A righteous person who walks in his integrity— blessed are his children after him.
  8A king sitting upon the throne of justice scatters every evil with his eyes.
  9Who can declare, “I have made my heart pure, I am cleansed from my own sin”?
  10Unequal weights and unequal measures of grain; indeed, both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
  11Even a young boy distinguishes himself by his deeds, if his conduct is pure and upright.
  12The ear that hears and the eye that sees, indeed, Yahweh made them both.
  13Do not love sleep, lest you become impoverished; open your eyes and be satisfied with bread.
  14“Bad! Bad!” says the buyer, but when he goes his way, he boasts.
  15There is gold and a multitude of gems, but lips bearing knowledge are a precious ornamentation.
  16Take his garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and if it is for foreigners, hold him as security.
  17Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a person, but afterwards his mouth will be filled with gravel.
  18Plans are established by counsel, so make war by wise guidance.
  19A slanderer walks around revealing secrets, so do not get involved with a person who opens his lips.
  20The one who curses his father or his mother, his lamp will go out in a time of darkness.
  21An inheritance gained quickly at the beginning will not be blessed in the end.
  22Do not say, “I will repay an evil person!” Wait for Yahweh and he will deliver you.
  23Unequal weights are an abomination to Yahweh, and deceitful scales are not good.
  24A person’s steps are directed by Yahweh; how then can a person understand his road?
  25It is a snare for a person to carelessly declare, “It is holy!” and then to inquire about it after making his vows.
  26A wise king separates out the wicked, and he rolls the threshing wheel over them again and again.
  27The breath of a person is the lamp of Yahweh, searching out his innermost being.
  28Covenant loyalty and faithfulnessa guard the king, yes, he upholds his throne by covenant loyalty.
  29Strength is the splendor of young men, and gray hair is the majesty of old men.
  30Blows that wound cleanse away evil, and beatings cleanse the innermost parts of the body.

Or, “truth”

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