1Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what the day will bring forth.
2Let another praise you and not your own mouth— a stranger—and not your own lips.
3A stone is heavy and the sand is weighty, but vexation by a fool is heavier than both of them.
4Rage is cruel and anger is a flood, but who is able to stand in the presence of a jealous person?
5Better is open reproof than love that is being hidden.
6Faithful are the wounds of one who loves you,a but deceptive are the kisses of one who hates you.b
7A satisfied soul tramples on a honeycomb, but to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8Like a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a person who wanders from his place.
9Oil and incense make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend is better than one’s own counsel.c
10Do not forsake your friend or your father’s friend, and do not enter into your brother’s house on the day of your distress; better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
11Become wise, my son, and make my heart glad, so that I may give an answer to the one who reproaches me.
12The prudent person sees evil and hides, but the naïve continue on and are punished.
13Take his garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and if for a foreign woman, hold him as security.
14The one who blesses his friend with a loud voice in the early morning, it will be regarded as a curse to him.
15A persistent dripping on a day of steady rain and a contentious wife are alike;
16whoever can restraind her can even restrain the wind, and can even grasp oil in his right hand.
17Iron sharpens iron, and a person sharpens his friend.
18The one who keeps watch over a fig tree will eat of its fruit, and the one who cares for his master will be honored.
19As the surface of the water reflects a face, so the heart of a person reflects a person.
20Sheol and Abaddon will never be satisfied, nor will the eyes of a person ever be satisfied.
21A crucible is for silver and a furnace is for gold, and a person is tested by the praise he receives.
22Although you pound the fool with a pestle among the grain in the mortar, his foolishness will not depart from him.
23Know well the condition of your flock; pay attention to your herds,
24for treasure will not last, nor does a crown last for multiple generations.
25Grass disappears and grass will appear, and the mountain’s herbs are gathered together;
26lambs are for your clothing, and male goats cover the price of a field;
27and there is enough milk from the female goats for your food, for the food of your house, and the care of your female servants.