Do Not Boast
1Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
2Let another praise you and not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips.
3A stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both.
4Wrath is cruel and anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
5Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
6Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but excessive the kisses of an enemy.
7One who is full loathes honeycomb, but to one who is hungry every bitter thing is sweet.
8Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man that wanders from his home.
Iron Sharpens Iron
9As ointment and perfume gladden the heart, so the sweetness of one’s friend comes from his sincere counsel.
10Do not forsake your friend, or your father’s friend, nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your disaster— better a neighbor nearby than a brother far off.
11Be wise, my son, make my heart glad, so I may answer anyone who taunts me.
12The prudent see danger and hide, but the naïve keep going and pay the penalty.
13Take a man’s garment, who puts up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge, as security for a seductive woman.
14If someone blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.
15Continual dripping on a day of steady rain and a contentious wife are alike—
16hiding her is like hiding the wind or grasping oil with the right hand.
17As iron sharpens iron, so a person sharpens the countenance of his friend.
18Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, whoever takes care of his master will be honored.
19As water reflects the face, so a person’s heart reflects the person.
20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man.
21A crucible is for silver and a furnace is for gold, but a person is proved by the praise he receives.
22Even if you pound the fool along with the grain in a mortar with a pestle, his foolishness would never leave him.
23Know well the condition of your flocks, pay attention to your herds,
24for riches are not forever, nor a crown from generation to generation.
25When hay is removed and grass appears, and grain from the hills is gathered in,
26lambs will provide you with clothing, and goats with the price of a field.
27There will be enough goats’ milk for food and food for your household, and sustenance for your maidservants.