1Wine is a ridiculer, intoxicating liquor is boisterous, and everyone going astray by it is not wise.
2The frightfulness of a king is a growling like that of a maned young lion. Anyone drawing his fury against himself is sinning against his own soul.
3It is a glory for a man to desist from disputing, but everyone foolish will burst out [in it].
4Because of winter the lazy one will not plow; he will be begging in reaping time, but there will be nothing.
5Counsel in the heart of a man is as deep waters, but the man of discernment is one that will draw it up.
6A multitude of men will proclaim each one his own loving‐kindness, but a faithful man who can find?
7The righteous is walking in his integrity. Happy are his sons after him.
8The king is sitting upon the throne of judgment, scattering all badness with his own eyes.
9Who can say: “I have cleansed my heart; I have become pure from my sin”?
10Two sorts of weights and two sorts of e′phah measures—they are both of them together something detestable to Jehovah.
11Even by his practices a boy makes himself recognized as to whether his activity is pure and upright.
12The hearing ear and the seeing eye—Jehovah himself has made even both of them.
13Do not love sleep, that you may not come to poverty. Open your eyes; be satisfied with bread.
14“It is bad, bad!” says the buyer, and he is going his way. Then it is that he boasts about himself.
15There exists gold, also an abundance of corals; but the lips of knowledge are precious vessels.
16Take one’s garment, in case one has gone surety for a stranger; and in the instance of a foreign woman, seize from him a pledge.
17Bread [gained by] falsehood is pleasurable to a man, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
18By counsel plans themselves are firmly established, and by skillful direction carry on your war.
19He that is going about as a slanderer is uncovering confidential talk; and with one that is enticed with his lips you must have no fellowship.
20As for anyone calling down evil upon his father and his mother, his lamp will be extinguished at the approach of darkness.
21An inheritance is being got by greed at first, but its own future will not be blessed.
22Do not say: “I will pay back evil!” Hope in Jehovah, and he will save you.
23Two sorts of weights are something detestable to Jehovah, and a cheating pair of scales is not good.
24From Jehovah are the steppings of an able‐bodied man. As regards earthling man, how can he discern his way?
25It is a snare when earthling man has rashly cried out, “Holy!” and after vows [he is disposed] to make examination.
26A wise king is scattering wicked people, and he turns around upon them a wheel.
27The breath of earthling man is the lamp of Jehovah, carefully searching all the innermost parts of the belly.
28Loving‐kindness and trueness—they safeguard the king; and by loving‐kindness he has sustained his throne.
29The beauty of young men is their power, and the splendor of old men is their gray‐headedness.
30Bruising wounds are what scours away the bad; and strokes, the innermost parts of the belly.