Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing1 and benefits those who see the sun.212
Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor.
Consider what God has done:3 Who can straighten what he has made crooked?414
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.5 Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.
In this meaningless life6 of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.716
Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself ?
Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool-- why die before your time?818
It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God9 will avoid all [extremes].a19
Wisdom10 makes one wise man more powerful11 than ten rulers in a city.
There is not a righteous man12 on earth who does what is right and never sins.1321
Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you14 may hear your servant cursing you--
for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.