1 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring
2 Let another praise you, and not your
someone else, and not your own lips.
3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden,
but provocation by a fool is heavier
4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,
but who can stand before jealousy?
5 Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses.
7 He who is full loathes honey,
but to the hungry even what is bitter
8 Like a bird that strays from its nest
is a man who strays from his home.
9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the
and the pleasantness of one's friend
springs from his earnest counsel.
10 Do not forsake your friend and the
friend of your father,
and do not go to your brother's house
when disaster strikes you—
better a neighbor nearby than a brother
11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my
then I can answer anyone who treats me
12 The prudent see danger and take
but the simple keep going and suffer for
13 Take the garment of one who puts up
security for a stranger;
hold it in pledge if he does it for a
14 If a man loudly blesses his neighbor
early in the morning,
it will be taken as a curse.
15 A quarrelsome wife is like
a constant dripping on a rainy day;
16 restraining her is like restraining
or grasping oil with the hand.
17 As iron sharpens iron,
so one man sharpens another.
18 He who tends a fig tree will eat its
and he who looks after his master will
19 As water reflects a face,
so a man's heart reflects the man.
20 Death and Destruction are never
and neither are the eyes of man.
21 The crucible for silver and the
furnace for gold,
but man is tested by the praise he
22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar,
grinding him like grain with a pestle,
you will not remove his folly from him.
23 Be sure you know the condition of
give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not endure forever,
and a crown is not secure for all
25 When the hay is removed and new
and the grass from the hills is gathered
26 the lambs will provide you with
and the goats with the price of a field.
27 You will have plenty of goats' milk
to feed you and your family
and to nourish your servant girls.
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