Do not forsake your friend and 1your father's friend, and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity. 2Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.
3Be wise, 4my son, and 5make my heart glad, that I may 6answer him who reproaches me.
7The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but 8the simple go on and suffer for it.
9Take a man's garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.
Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.
10A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike;
to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in one's right hand.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
11Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who 12guards his master will be honored.
As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.
13Sheol and Abaddon are 14never satisfied, and 15never satisfied are the eyes of man.
16The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is tested by his praise.