221 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.

2 The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.

3 A prudent man sees danger and hides himself; but the simple go on, and suffer for it.

4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; he who guards himself will keep far from them.

6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

7 The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

8 He who sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail.

9 He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

10 Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.

11 He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.

12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the faithless.

13 The sluggard says, "There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!"

14 The mouth of a loose woman is a deep pit; he with whom the Lord is angry will fall into it.

15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to want.

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, if all of them are ready on your lips. 19 That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you. 20 Have I not written for you thirty sayings of admonition and knowledge, 21 to show you what is right and true, that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?

22 Do not rob the poor, because he is poor, or crush the afflicted at the gate; 23 for the Lord will plead their cause and despoil of life those who despoil them.

24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, 25 lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

26 Be not one of those who give pledges, who become surety for debts. 27 If you have nothing with which to pay, why should your bed be taken from under you?

28 Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.

29 Do you see a man skilful in his work? he will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

231 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully what is before you; 2 and put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite. 3 Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.

4 Do not toil to acquire wealth; be wise enough to desist 5 When your eyes light upon it, it is gone; for suddenly it takes to itself wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.

6 Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy; do not desire his delicacies; 7 for he is like one who is inwardly reckoning. "Eat and drink!" he says to you; but his heart is not with you. 8 You will vomit up the morsels which you have eaten, and waste your pleasant words.

9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

10 Do not remove an ancient landmark or enter the fields of the fatherless; 11 for their Redeemer is strong; he will plead their cause against you.

12 Apply your mind to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. 13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. 14 If you beat him with the rod you will save his life from Sheol 15 My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad. 16 My soul will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

17 Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day. 18 Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.

19 Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your mind in the way 20 Be not among winebibbers, or among gluttonous eaters of meat; 21 for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags 22 Hearken to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. 23 Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. 24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who begets a wise son will be glad in him. 25 Let your father and mother be glad, let her who bore you rejoice. 26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways. 27 For a harlot is a deep pit; an adventuress is a narrow well. 28 She lies in wait like a robber and increases the faithless among men.

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? 30 Those who tarry long over wine, those who go to try mixed wine. 31 Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. 32 At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder. 33 Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind utter perverse things. 34 You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast. 35 "They struck me," you will say, "but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I will seek another drink."