1 If you do good, know for whom you do it, and there'll be gratitude for your good deeds.
2 Do good to the godly, and you will find a reward, and if not from them, then from the Most High.
3 There is nothing good for those who continue to do evil or for those who don't freely offer charity.
4 Give to the pious, but don't assist sinners.
5 Do good to the humble, but don't give to the ungodly. Hold back your bread, and don't give it to them, since by it they might gain power over you. You will encounter twice as much evil for all the good things that you have done for them.
6 The Most High also hated sinners, and he will repay the ungodly with punishment.
7 Give to good people, and don't assist sinners.
8 A friend is not avenged in prosperity, and an enemy is not hidden in adversity. their enemies are in pain, and when they meet with adversity, even friends will keep away.
9 When people are prosperous,
10 Don't ever trust your enemies; for just as copper corrodes, so their wickedness does as well.
11 If they are humbled and walk away stooped over, look after yourself, and keep up your guard against them. You will be to them as one who polishes a mirror, and you will know that it won't be completely tarnished.
12 Don't put them next to you; they might overthrow you and take your place. Don't sit them on your right side, since they might seek your seat. In the end you will understand my words, and you will be pierced by what I've said.
13 Who pities a snake charmer who gets bitten? Or anyone who goes near wild beasts?
14 So it is with anyone who goes near sinful people and becomes involved in their sins. but if you waver, they won't be loyal.
15 They will remain with you for a time,
16 Enemies speak sweetly with their lips, but in their hearts, they plan to throw you into a ditch. Enemies cry tears with their eyes, but if they find an opportunity, they won't be able to get enough blood.
17 If you meet up with trouble, you will find them there ahead of you; and appearing to help, they will trip you.
18 They will shake their heads and clap their hands, and they will whisper many things and change their faces.