1Do not make your boast about the next day, for you do not know what a day will give birth to.
2May a stranger, and not your own mouth, praise you; may a foreigner, and not your own lips, do so.
3The heaviness of a stone and a load of sand—but the vexation by someone foolish is heavier than both of them.
4There is the cruelty of rage, also the flood of anger, but who can stand before jealousy?
5Better is a revealed reproof than a concealed love.
6The wounds inflicted by a lover are faithful, but the kisses of a hater are things to be entreated.
7A soul that is satisfied will tread down comb honey, but to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8Just like a bird fleeing away from its nest, so is a man fleeing away from his place.
9Oil and incense are what make the heart rejoice, also the sweetness of one’s companion due to the counsel of the soul.
10Do not leave your own companion or the companion of your father, and do not enter the house of your own brother on the day of your disaster. Better is a neighbor that is near than a brother that is far away.
11Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice, that I may make a reply to him that is taunting me.
12The shrewd one that has seen the calamity has concealed himself; the inexperienced that have passed along have suffered the penalty.
13Take 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.
14He that is blessing his fellowman with a loud voice early in the morning, as a malediction it will be accounted on his part.
17By iron, iron itself is sharpened. So one man sharpens the face of another.
18He that is safeguarding the fig tree will himself eat its fruit, and he that is guarding his master will be honored.
19As in water face corresponds with face, so the heart of a man with [that of] a man.
20She′ol and [the place of] destruction themselves do not get satisfied; neither do the eyes of a man get satisfied.
21The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace is for gold; and an individual is according to his praise.
22Even if you should pound the foolish one fine with a pestle in a mortar, in among cracked grain, his foolishness will not depart from him.
25The green grass has departed, and the new grass has appeared, and the vegetation of the mountains has been gathered.26The young rams are for your clothing, and the he‐goats are the price of the field.27And there is a sufficiency of goats’ milk for your food, for the food of your household, and the means of life for your girls.