Warnings and Instructions1 a Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you b do not know what a day may bring forth.
2 Let c another praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and the sand weighty,
But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.
4 Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood,
But d who can stand before jealousy?
5 Better is e open rebuke
Than love that is concealed.
6 Faithful are the f wounds of a friend,
▼ Or excessivedeceitful are the h kisses of an enemy.
7 A sated ▼
▼ Lit soulman ▼
▼ Lit tramples onloathes honey,
But to a famished ▼
▼ Lit soulman any bitter thing is sweet.
8 Like a l bird that wanders from her nest,
So is a man who m wanders from his ▼
▼ Lit placehome.
9 o Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
So a ▼
▼ Lit soul’sman’s counsel is sweet to his friend.
10 Do not forsake your own q friend or r your father’s friend,
And do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.
11 s Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad,
That I may t reply to him who reproaches me.
12 A prudent man sees evil and hides himself,
▼ Lit simplenaive proceed and pay the penalty.
13 v Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger;
And for an ▼
▼ Lit strangeadulterous woman hold him in pledge.
14 x He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning,
It will be reckoned a curse to him.
15 A y constant dripping on a day of steady rain
And a contentious woman are alike;
16 He who would ▼
▼ Lit hide(s)restrain her ▼
▼ Lit hide(s)restrains the wind,
▼ Lit encountersgrasps oil with his right hand.
17 Iron sharpens iron,
So one man sharpens another.
18 He who tends the ac fig tree will eat its fruit,
And he who ad cares for his master will be honored.
19 As in water face reflects face,
So the heart of man reflects man.
▼ I.e. The nether world, af Sheol and ▼
▼ I.e. the place of destructionAbaddon are ah never satisfied,
Nor are the ai eyes of man ever satisfied.
21 The aj crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold,
And each ak is tested by the praise accorded him.
22 Though you al pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain,
Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.
23 am Know well the ▼
▼ Lit facecondition of your flocks,
And pay attention to your herds;
24 For riches are not forever,
Nor does a ao crown endure to all generations.
25 When the grass disappears, the new growth is seen,
And the herbs of the mountains are ap gathered in,
26 The lambs will be for your clothing,
And the goats will bring the price of a field,
27 And there will be goats’ milk enough for your food,
For the food of your household,
And sustenance for your maidens.
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