Warnings and Instructions

1 1Do not boast about tomorrow, For you 2do not know what a day may bring forth.
2 Let 3another 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 4who can stand before jealousy?
6 Faithful are the 6wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the 7kisses of an enemy.
8 Like a 8bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who 9wanders from his home.
9 10Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man's counsel is sweet to his friend.
10 Do not forsake your own 11friend or 12your 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 13Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may 14reply * to him who reproaches me.
12 A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty.
13 15Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge.
14 16He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, It will be reckoned a curse to him.
16 He who would restrain her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand.
18 He who tends the 18fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who 19cares for his master will be honored.
19 As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.
20 20Sheol and Abaddon are 21never satisfied, Nor are the 22eyes of man ever satisfied.
21 The 23crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each 24is tested by the praise accorded him.
22 Though you 25pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.
23 26Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds;
24 For riches are not forever, Nor does a 27crown endure to all generations.
25 When the grass disappears, the new growth is seen, And the herbs of the mountains are 28gathered 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.