1Better to be poor and live one’s life uprightly
than engage in crooked speech, for such a one is a fool.
2To act without knowing how you function is not good;
and if you rush ahead, you will miss your goal.
3A person’s own folly is what ruins his way,
but he rages in his heart against Adonai.
4Wealth brings in many friends,
but the poor man loses the one friend he has.
5A false witness will not go unpunished;
whoever breathes out lies will not escape.
6Many ask favors of a generous person —
to a giver of gifts, everyone is a friend.
7A poor man’s relatives all hate him;
even more his friends stay away from him.
He may pursue them with entreaties,
but they aren’t there to be found.
8To acquire good sense is to love oneself;
to treasure discernment is to prosper.
9A false witness will not go unpunished;
whoever breathes out lies will perish.
10It isn’t fitting for a fool to live in luxury,
and even less for a slave to govern princes.
11People with good sense are slow to anger,
and it is their glory to overlook an offense.
12A king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion,
but his favor is like dew on the grass.
13A son who is a fool is his father’s ruin,
and a nagging wife is like a leak that keeps dripping.
14A house and wealth are inherited from ancestors,
but a sensible wife is from Adonai.
15Laziness makes people fall asleep,
and an idle person will go hungry.
16He who keeps a mitzvah keeps himself safe,
but he who doesn’t care how he lives will die.
17He who is kind to the poor is lending to Adonai;
and he will repay him for his good deed.
18Discipline your child while there is hope,
but don’t get so angry that you kill him!
19A violent-tempered person will be punished;
if you try to save him from it, you make things worse.
20Listen to advice, and accept discipline,
so that in the end you will be wise.
21One can devise many plans in one’s mind,
but Adonai’s plan will prevail.
22A man’s lust is his shame,
and a poor man is better than a liar.
23The fear of Adonai leads to life;
one who has it is satisfied and rests untouched by evil.
24The lazy person buries his hand in the dish
but doesn’t even bother to bring it to his mouth.
25If you strike a scorner,
the simple will learn to act wisely;
if you reprove the intelligent,
he will understand what you mean.
26One who mistreats his father and evicts his mother
is a son who brings them shame and disgrace.
27My son, if you stop heeding discipline,
you will stray from the principles of knowledge.
28A worthless witness mocks at justice,
and the mouth of the wicked swallows wrongdoing.
29Judgments are in store for scorners
and blows for the backs of fools.