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