1Don’t brag about tomorrow,
for you don’t know what a day will bring.
2Let another person praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips.
3A stone is heavy and sand weighs much,
but the nuisance of fools is heavier than both.
4Wrath is cruel and anger is a flood,
but who can withstand jealousy?
5A public correction is better than hidden love.
6Trustworthy are the bruises of a friend;
excessive are the kisses of an enemy.
7Someone who is full refuses honey,
but anything bitter tastes sweet to a hungry person.
8Like a bird wandering from its nest,
so is one who wanders from home.
9Oil and incense make the heart glad,
and the sweetness of friends comes from their advice.#Heb uncertain
10Don’t desert your friend or a friend of your family;
don’t go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes.
Better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.
11Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad,
so I can answer those who insult me.
12Prudent people see evil and hide;
the simpleminded go right to it and get punished.
13Take the garment of the person who secures a loan for a stranger;
take his pledge for a foreigner.
14Greeting a neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning
will be viewed as a curse.
15The constant dripping on a rainy day
and a contentious woman are alike;
16anyone who can control her
can control the wind
or pick up oil in his hand.
17As iron sharpens iron,
so friends sharpen each other’s faces.
18Those who tend a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and those who look after their master will be honored.
19As water reflects the face,
so the heart reflects one person to another.
20The grave#Heb Sheol and the underworld#Heb Abaddon are never satisfied;
and people’s eyes are never satisfied.
21A crucible is for silver and a furnace for gold,
so are people in the presence of someone who praises them.
22Even if you grind fools in a mortar,
even grinding them along with the grain,
their folly won’t be driven from them.
23Know your flock well;
pay attention to your herds,
24for no treasure lasts forever,
nor a crown generation after generation.
25When the grass goes away, new growth appears,
and the plants of the hills are gathered,
26then the lambs will provide your clothes,
and the goats will be the price of your fields.
27There will be enough goat’s milk for your food,
for the food of your house,
and to nourish your young women.