1 A {reputation} [is] to be chosen {rather than} great riches; {favor is better than silver and gold}.
2 Rich and poor have [much] in common; Yahweh is the maker of all of them.
3 The clever sees danger and hides, but the simple go on and suffer.
4 The reward of humility [is] the fear of Yahweh-- wealth and honor and life.
5 Thorns [and] snares [are] in the way of the perverse; he who guards himself will keep away from them.
6 Train the child {concerning his way}; even when he is old, he will not stray from it.
7 The rich will rule over the poor, and the borrower is a slave of {the lender}.
8 He who sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his anger will fail.
9 He [who] {is generous} will be blessed, for he gives to the poor from his [own] bread.
10 Drive out a scoffer and strife will go out; quarrel and abuse will cease.
11 He who loves purity of heart [and has]{gracious speech}, his friend [is the] king.
12 The eyes of Yahweh keep watch over knowledge, but he will overthrow the words of the faithless.
13 A lazy person says "A lion in the street! In the middle of the highway, I shall be killed!"
14 A deep pit is the mouth of an {adulteress}, [he with whom] Yahweh is angry will fall there.
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a boy; [the] rod of discipline will drive it from him.
16 He who oppresses the poor [in order] to enrich himself, [or] gives to the rich, {will come to poverty}.

Words of the Wise

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise; you shall apply your heart to my teaching.
18 For [it is] pleasant if you guard them {within you}; together they will be ready upon your lips.
19 [In order] for your trust to be in Yahweh, I have made [them] known to you {today}--even you.
20 Have I not written for you thirty [sayings] with admonitions and knowledge?
21 [In order] to show you what is right--sayings of truth-- [in order] to return a true saying to him who sent you.
22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor, and do not crush the afflicted at the gate;
23 For Yahweh will plead their case and despoil those who despoil them of life.
24 Do not befriend an owner of {anger}, and with a man of wrath you shall not associate;
25 lest you learn his way and become entangled in a snare to yourself.
26 Do not be with those who {give a pledge} {by becoming} surety.
27 If there is nothing for you to pay, why will he take your bed from under you?
28 Do not remove an ancient boundary marker which your ancestors made.
29 A man who is skillful in his work, you shall see: before kings, he will serve; he will not serve before the commoners.