11Do not boast about tomorrow, For you 2do not knowwhat a day may bringforth.
Let 3anotherpraise you, and not your own mouth ; A stranger, and not your own lips.
A stone is heavy and the sandweighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavierthanboth of them.
4Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But 4who can standbeforejealousy ?
5Better is 5openrebukeThanlove that is concealed.
6Faithful are the 6wounds of a friend, But adeceitful are the 7kisses of an enemy.
A satedbmancloatheshoney, But to a famisheddmananybitterthing is sweet.
Like a 8bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who 9wanders from his ehome.
910Oil and perfumemake the heartglad, So a fman'scounsel is sweet to his friend.
Do not forsake your own 11friend or 12your father'sfriend, And do not go to your brother'shouse in the day of your calamity ; Better is a neighbor who is nearthan a brotherfar away.
1113Be wise, my son, and make my heartglad, That I may 14reply to him who reproaches me.
A prudentmanseesevil and hides himself, The gnaiveproceed and pay the penalty.
1315Take his garmentwhen he becomessurety for a stranger ; And for an hadulterouswomanhold him in pledge.
1416He who blesses his friend with a loudvoiceearly in the morning, It will be reckoned a curse to him.
A 17constantdripping on a day of steadyrain And a contentiouswoman are alike ;
He who would irestrain her jrestrains the wind, And kgraspsoil with his righthand.
17Ironsharpensiron, So one mansharpensanother .
He who tends the 18figtree will eat its fruit, And he who 19cares for his master will be honored.
As in waterface reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.
20l20Sheol and mAbaddon are 21neversatisfied, Nor are the 22eyes of man ever satisfied.
The 23crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each24is tested by the praiseaccorded him.
22Though you 25pound a fool in a mortar with a pestlealong with crushedgrain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.
2326Knowwell the ncondition of your flocks, And payattention to your herds ;
For riches are not forever, Nor does a 27crown endure to allgenerations.
When the grassdisappears, the newgrowth is seen, And the herbs of the mountains are 28gathered in,
The lambs will be for your clothing, And the goats will bring the price of a field,
And there will be goats'milkenough for your food, For the food of your household, And sustenance for your maidens.