1Do not boast of tomorrow, For you do not know what a day brings forth.
2Let another man praise you, And not your own mouth – A stranger, and not your own lips.
3A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, But a fool’s wrath is heavier than both.
4Wrath is cruel and displeasure overwhelming, But who is able to stand before jealousy?
5Open reproof is better than hidden love.
6The wounds of a friend are true, But the kisses of an enemy are profuse.
7One satisfied loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry one any bitter food is sweet.
8Like a bird that wanders from its nest, So is a man who wanders from his place.
9Ointment and perfume gladden the heart, So one’s counsel is sweet to his friend.
10Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, And do not go into your brother’s house In the day of your calamity – Better is a neighbour nearby than a brother far away.
11My son, be wise, and gladden my heart, That I might have a word for him who reproaches me.
12A clever man foresees calamity, hides himself; The simple shall go on, they are punished.
13Take the garment of him who is guarantor for a stranger, And for a strange woman pledge it.
14He who greets his friend loudly early in the morning, Shall have it reckoned to him as a curse.
15Drops that never cease on a very rainy day And a contentious woman are alike;
16Whoever represses her represses the wind, And his right hand encounters oil.
17Iron is sharpened by iron, And a man sharpens the face of his friend.
18He who tends the fig tree eats its fruit; And he who guards his master is esteemed.
19As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reflects a man.
20The grave and destruction are not satisfied; So the eyes of man are not satisfied.
21A refining pot is for silver and a furnace for gold, So a man is tried by his praise.
22Even if you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle Along with crushed grain, His folly shall not leave him.
23Know well the state of your flocks; Set your heart to your herds;
24For riches are not forever, Nor a diadem to all generations.
25Grass vanishes, and new grass appears, And the vegetation of the mountains are gathered in.
26The lambs are for your garments, And the goats for the price of a field;
27And goats’ milk enough for your food, For the food of your household, And sustenance for your girls.