1You should want a good name more than you want great riches. To be highly respected is better than having silver or gold.2The LORD made rich people and poor people. That's what they have in common.3Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep going and suffer for it.4Have respect for the LORD and don't be proud. That will bring you wealth and honor and life.5Thorns and traps lie in the paths of evil people. But those who guard themselves stay far away from them.6Train a child in the way he should go. When he is old, he will not turn away from it.7Rich people rule over those who are poor. Borrowers are slaves to lenders.8Anyone who plants evil gathers a harvest of trouble. His power to beat others down will be destroyed.9Anyone who gives freely will be blessed. That's because he shares his food with those who are poor.10If you drive away those who make fun of others, fighting also goes away. Arguing and unkind words will stop.11Have a pure and loving heart, and speak kindly. Then you will be a friend of the king.12The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge. But he does away with the words of those who aren't faithful.13People who don't want to work say, "There's a lion outside!" Or they say, "I'll be murdered if I go out into the streets!"14The mouth of a woman who commits adultery is like a deep pit. Any man the LORD is angry with will fall into it.15A child is going to do foolish things. But correcting him will drive his foolishness far away from him.16One person may beat poor people down in order to get rich. Another person may give gifts to rich people. Both of them will become poor.17Pay attention and listen to the sayings of those who are wise. Apply your heart to the sayings I teach.18It is pleasing when you keep them in your heart. Have all of them ready on your lips.19You are the one I am teaching today. I want you to trust in the Lord.20I have written 30 sayings for you. They will give you knowledge and good advice.21I am teaching you words that are completely true. Then you can give the right answers to the one who sent you.22Don't take advantage of poor people just because they are poor. Don't beat down those who are in need by taking them to court.23The LORD will stand up for them in court. He will take back the stolen goods from those who have robbed them.24Don't be a friend with anyone who burns with anger. Don't go around with a person who gets angry easily.25You might learn his habits. And then you will be trapped by them.26Don't agree to pay for what someone else owes.27Don't put up money for him. If you don't have the money to pay, your bed will be taken right out from under you!28Don't move old boundary stones that your people set up long ago.29Do you see a man who does good work? He will serve kings. He won't serve ordinary people.
1When you sit down to eat with a ruler, look carefully at what's in front of you.2Put a knife to your throat if you like to eat too much.3Don't long for his fancy food. It can fool you.4Don't wear yourself out to get rich. Be wise enough to say no5When you take even a quick look at riches, they are gone. They grow wings and fly away into the sky like an eagle.6Don't eat the food of anyone who won't share it. Don't long for his fancy food.7He is the kind of person who is always thinking about how much it costs. "Eat and drink," he says to you. But he doesn't mean it.8You will throw up what little you have eaten. You will have wasted your words of praise.9Don't speak to a foolish person. He will laugh at your wise words.10Don't move old boundary stones. Don't try to take over the fields of children whose fathers have died.11The One who guards them is strong. He will stand up for them in court against you.12Apply your heart to what you are taught. Listen carefully to words of knowledge.13Don't hold back training from a child. If you correct him, he won't die.14So correct him. Then you will save him from death15My child, if your heart is wise, my heart will be glad.16Deep down inside, I will be happy when you say what is right.17Do not long for what sinners have. But always show great respect for the Lord.18There really is hope for you tomorrow. So your hope will not be cut off.19My child, listen and be wise. Keep your heart on the right path20Don't join those who drink too much wine. Don't join those who stuff themselves with meat.21Those who drink or eat too much will become poor. If they sleep too much, they'll have to wear rags22Listen to your father, who gave you life. Don't hate your mother when she is old.23Buy the truth. Don't sell it. Get wisdom, training and understanding.24The father of a godly child is very happy. Anyone who has a wise child is glad.25May your father and mother be glad. May the woman who gave birth to you be happy.26My son, give me your heart. Keep your eyes on the way I live.27A prostitute is like a deep pit. A wife who commits adultery is like a narrow well.28She hides and waits like a thief. She causes many men to sin.29Who has trouble? Who has sorrow? Who argues? Who has problems? Who has wounds for no reason? Who has red eyes?30Those who spend too much time with wine. Or those who like to taste wine that is mixed with spices.31Don't look at wine when it is red. Don't look at it when it bubbles in the cup. And don't look at it when it goes down smoothly.32In the end it bites like a snake. It bites like a poisonous serpent.33Your eyes will see strange sights. Your mind will imagine weird things.34You will feel like someone sleeping on the ocean. You will think you are lying among the ropes in a boat.35"They hit me," you will say. "But I'm not hurt! They beat me. But I don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?"