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