If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!711
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.812
If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs910 the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay11 everyone according to what they have done?12
Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.1314
Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous, do not plunder their dwelling place;
for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.15
These also are sayings of the wise:23 To show partiality24 in judging is not good:2524
Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent,"26 will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come on them.
An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
Do not testify against your neighbor without cause27-- would you use your lips to mislead?
Do not say, "I'll do to them as they have done to me; I'll pay them back for what they did."2830
I went past the field of a sluggard,29 past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest30--
and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.31