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1Better is a dry piece of crust and peace with it, than a household full of feasting with strife.
  2An insightful servant will rule over a shameful son, and he will share the inheritance among brothers.
  3A crucible is for silver and a furnace is for gold, but Yahweh puts hearts to the test.
  4An evildoer pays attention to wicked lips; a liar listens to a destructive tongue.
  5The one who mocks the poor taunts the one who created him; the one who is joyful at a calamity will not go unpunished.
  6The crown of old men is their children’s children, and the glory of children is their fathers.
  7Eloquent speech is not fitting for a godless person, how much less fitting are deceptive lips for a nobleman?
  8A bribe is a ‘magic stone’ in the eyes of its owner; every direction he turns, he prospers.
  9The one who covers over a transgression seeks love, but the one who repeats the issue separates close friends.
  10A rebuke goes deeper into a person who has understanding than a hundred blows on a fool.
  11Surely a rebellious person seeks evil, so a cruel messengera will be sent against him.
  12Better for a person to encounter a bear deprived of her cubs than to encounter a fool in his foolishness.
  13The one who repays good with evil, evil will not depart from his house.
  14The starting point of strife is like letting water flow freely, so abandon the dispute before it breaks out.
  15The one who declares the wicked to be righteous, and the one who condemns the righteous; indeed, both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
  16Why is there payment in the hand of a fool to buy wisdom when he has no sense?
  17A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for times of distress.
  18A person lacking sense shakes hands on an agreement, making a solemn pledge in the presence of his neighbor.
  19The one who loves transgression loves strife, the one who exalts his doorway seeks disaster.
  20A twisted heart will not find good, and the one who twists his tongueb will fall into evil.
  21He who fathers a fool does so to his own grief, and the father of a godless person will have no joy.
  22A cheerful heart is a good cure, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
  23A wicked person takes a secret bribec to twist the paths of justice.
  24Wisdom is with the one who understands, but the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
  25A foolish son causes angerd for his father and bitterness to the woman who bore him.
  26It is not good to issue a finee to a righteous person, nor to beat nobles for their uprightness.
  27The one who holds back his words knows knowledge,f and the one who has a cool spirit is a person of understanding.
  28Even a fool who remains silent is thought to be wise; when he shuts his lips, he is considered to be discerning.
 


a[11]
Or, “cruel angel.” The Hebrew word can refer to human messengers, angels, or demons.
b[20]
Twists what he says; lies.
c[23]
Literally, “a bribe from the bosom,” i.e., the fold in the garment.
d[25]
Also, “grief,” “vexation.”
e[26]
A synecdoche for “punishment” in general.
f[27]
Idiomatic: “has attained knowledge.”

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