1Never brag about what you will do in the future; you have no idea what tomorrow will bring.
2Never praise yourself. Let others do it.
3A stone is heavy, and sand is hard to carry, but the irritation caused by a fool is much harder to bear.
4Anger is cruel and can destroy like a flood, but jealousy is much worse.
5Open criticism is better than hidden love.
6You can trust what your friend says, even when it hurts. But your enemies want to hurt you, even when they act nice.
7When you are full, you will not even eat honey. When you are hungry, even something bitter tastes sweet.
8A man away from home is like a bird away from its nest.
9Perfume and incense make you feel good, and so does good advice from a friend.
10Don’t forget your own friends or your father’s friends. If you have a problem, go to your neighbor for help. It is better to ask a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.
11My son, be wise. This will make me happy. Then I will be able to answer those who criticize me.
12Wise people see trouble coming and get out of its way, but fools go straight to the trouble and suffer for it.
13When you make a deal with a stranger, get something from him and any other foreigners with him to make sure he will pay you.
14Don’t wake up your neighbors early in the morning with a shout of “Good morning!” They will treat it like a curse, not a blessing.
15A complaining wife is like water that never stops dripping on a rainy day. 16Stopping her is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold oil in your hand.
17As one piece of iron sharpens another, so friends keep each other sharp.
18People who take care of fig trees are allowed to eat the fruit. In the same way, people who take care of their masters will be rewarded.
19Just as you can see your own face reflected in water, so your heart reflects the kind of person you are.
20Just as the place of death and destruction is never full, people always want more and more.
21People use fire to purify gold and silver. In the same way, you are tested by the praise people give you.
22Even if you pound fools to powder like grain in a bowl, you will never force the foolishness out of them.
23Learn all you can about your sheep. Take care of your goats the best you can. 24Neither wealth nor nations last forever. 25Cut the hay, and new grass will grow. Then gather the new plants that grow on the hills. 26Cut the wool from your lambs, and make your clothes. Sell some of your goats, and buy some land. 27Then there will be plenty of goat’s milk for you and your family, with enough to keep the servants healthy.