1One isolating himself will seek [his own] selfish longing; against all practical wisdom he will break forth.
2Anyone stupid finds no delight in discernment, except that his heart should uncover itself.
3When a wicked one comes in, contempt also must come in; and along with dishonor there is reproach.
4The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters. The well of wisdom is a torrent bubbling forth.
5The showing of partiality to the wicked one is not good, nor the turning aside of the righteous one in judgment.
6The lips of one who is stupid enter into quarreling, and his very mouth calls even for strokes.
7The mouth of the stupid one is the ruin of him, and his lips are a snare for his soul.
8The words of the slanderer are like things to be swallowed greedily, which do go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
9Also, the one showing himself slack in his work—he is a brother to the one causing ruin.
10The name of Jehovah is a strong tower. Into it the righteous runs and is given protection.
11The valuable things of the rich are his strong town, and they are like a protective wall in his imagination.
12Before a crash the heart of a man is lofty, and before glory there is humility.
13When anyone is replying to a matter before he hears [it], that is foolishness on his part and a humiliation.
14The spirit of a man can put up with his malady; but as for a stricken spirit, who can bear it?
15The heart of the understanding one acquires knowledge, and the ear of wise ones seeks to find knowledge.
16A man’s gift will make a large opening for him, and it will lead him even before great people.
17The one first in his legal case is righteous; his fellow comes in and certainly searches him through.
18The lot puts even contentions to rest, and it separates even the mighty from one another.
19A brother who is transgressed against is more than a strong town; and there are contentions that are like the bar of a dwelling tower.
20From the fruitage of a man’s mouth his belly will be satisfied; he will be satisfied even with the produce of his lips.
21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and he that is loving it will eat its fruitage.
22Has one found a [good] wife? One has found a good thing, and one gets goodwill from Jehovah.
23Entreaties the one of little means speaks out, but one that is rich answers in a strong way.
24There exist companions disposed to break one another to pieces, but there exists a friend sticking closer than a brother.