22 1 A good name is to be more desired than great wealth , Favor is better than silver and gold .
2 The rich and the poor have a common bond , The Lord is the maker of them all .
3 The prudent sees the evil and hides himself, But the naive go on, and are punished for it.
4 The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches , honor and life .
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse ; He who guards himself will be far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
7 The rich rules over the poor , And the borrower becomes the lender's slave .
8 He who sows iniquity will reap vanity , And the rod of his fury will perish .
9 He who is generous e will be blessed , For he gives some of his food to the poor .
10 Drive out the scoffer , and contention will go out, Even strife and dishonor will cease .
11 He who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious , the king is his friend .
12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge , But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.
13 The sluggard says , "There is a lion outside ; I will be killed in the streets !"
14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit ; He who is cursed of the Lord will fall into it.
15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child ; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
16 He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich , will only come to poverty .
Precepts and Warnings
17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise , And apply your mind to my knowledge ; 18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, That they may be ready on your lips . 19 So that your trust may be in the Lord , I have taught you today , even you. 20 Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge , 21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth That you may correctly answer him who sent you?
28 Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set .
29 Do you see a man skilled in his work ? He will stand before kings ; He will not stand before obscure men .
23 1 When you sit down to dine with a ruler , Consider carefully what is before you, 2 And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite . 3 Do not desire his delicacies , For it is deceptive food .
4 Do not weary yourself to gain wealth , Cease from your consideration of it 5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone . For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens .
6 Do not eat the bread of a selfish e man , Or desire his delicacies ; 7 For as he thinks within himself , so he is. He says to you, "Eat and drink !" But his heart is not with you. 8 You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten , And waste your compliments .
9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool , For he will despise the wisdom of your words .
12 Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge . 13 Do not hold back discipline from the child , although you strike him with the rod , he will not die . 14 You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol 15 My son , if your heart is wise , My own heart also will be glad ; 16 And my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak what is right .
19 Listen , my son , and be wise , And direct your heart in the way 20 Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine , Or with gluttonous eaters of meat ; 21 For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty , And drowsiness will clothe one with rags 22 Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old . 23 Buy truth , and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding . 24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice , And he who sires a wise son will be glad in him. 25 Let your father and your mother be glad , And let her rejoice who gave birth to you. 26 Give me your heart , my son , And let your eyes delight in my ways . 27 For a harlot is a deep pit And an adulterous woman is a narrow well . 28 Surely she lurks as a robber , And increases the faithless among men .
29 Who has woe ? Who has sorrow ? Who has contentions ? Who has complaining ? Who has wounds without cause ? Who has redness of eyes ? 30 Those who linger long over wine , Those who go to taste mixed wine . 31 Do not look on the wine when it is red , When it sparkles e in the cup , When it goes down smoothly ; 32 At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper . 33 Your eyes will see strange things And your mind will utter perverse things . 34 And you will be like one who lies down in the middle of the sea , Or like one who lies down on the top of a mast . 35 "They struck me, but I did not become ill ; They beat me, but I did not know it. When shall I awake ? I will seek another e drink."