1Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler. Whoever is led astray by them is unwise.
2The terror of a king is like a lion’s growl. Whoever provokes him endangers his life.
3It is honor for one to resolve a dispute, yet every fool quarrels.
4A slacker will not plow in season, so at harvest he looks but finds nothing.
5The intent of a man’s heart is deep water, but a man of insight draws it out.
Loyalty, Integrity, Justice
6Many a man proclaims his loyalty, but a faithful man who can find?
7A righteous person walks in integrity. Blessed are his children after him.
8A king sitting on the throne to judge separates out all evil with his eyes.
9Who can say: “I have kept my heart pure; I am cleansed from my sin”?
10Unequal weights and measures— both are an abomination to Adonai.
11Even a child is known by his actions, whether his conduct is pure and upright.
12Ears that hear and eyes that see— Adonai has made them both.
13Do not love sleep, lest you become poor. Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.
Adonai’s Lamp Searches
14“It’s bad, bad!” says the buyer, but then he goes away and boasts.
15There is gold and abundance of rubies, but lips that speak knowledge are precious.
16Take a man’s garment, who puts up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge, as security for a foreign woman.
17Bread gained by fraud is sweet to a man, but later his mouth is filled with gravel.
18Plans are made by counsel, so wage war with guidance.
19A talebearer goes about, revealing secrets, so do not associate with a babbler.
20Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in utter darkness.
21An estate acquired quickly in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.
22Do not say, “I will pay back evil!” Wait for Adonai, so He may deliver You.
23Unbalanced weights are detestable to Adonai, and dishonest scales are wicked.
24A man’s steps are directed by Adonai. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25It is a trap for one to say rashly, “It is holy!” and only afterward to consider his vows.
26A wise king winnows out the wicked. He turns a threshing wheel over them.
27The spirit of man is the lamp of Adonai, searching all his inmost being.
28Lovingkindness and truth preserve the king, but his throne is upheld by lovingkindness.
29The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is gray hair.
30Blows that wound scour away evil, and beatings purge the innermost being.