1Don't brag about tomorrow. You don't know what a day will bring.2Let another person praise you, and not your own mouth. Let someone else praise you, and not your own lips.3Stones are heavy. Sand weighs a lot. But letting a foolish person make you angry is a heavier load than both of them.4Anger is mean. Great anger overpowers you. But who can face jealousy?5Being warned openly is better than being loved in secret.6Wounds from a friend can be trusted. But an enemy kisses you many times.7When you are full, you even hate honey. When you are hungry, even what is bitter tastes sweet.8A man who wanders away from his home is like a bird that wanders from its nest.9Perfume and incense bring joy to your heart. And a friend is sweeter when he gives you honest advice.10Don't desert your friend or your father's friend. And don't go to your family when trouble strikes you. A neighbor nearby is better than a family member far away.11My child, be wise and bring joy to my heart. Then I can answer anyone who makes fun of me.12Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep on going and suffer for it.13Take the coat of one who puts up money for what a stranger owes. Hold it until you get paid back if he does it for a woman who commits adultery.14Suppose you loudly bless your neighbor early in the morning. Then you might as well be calling down a curse on him.15A nagging wife is like dripping that never stops on a rainy day.16Stopping her is like trying to stop the wind. It's like trying to grab oil with your hand.17As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.18A person who takes good care of a fig tree will eat its fruit. And a person who looks after his master will be honored.19When you look into water, you see a likeness of your face. When you look into your heart, you see what you are really like.20Death and the Grave are never satisfied. A man's eyes are never satisfied either.21Fire tests silver. Heat tests gold. But a man is tested by the praise he receives.22You can grind a foolish person in a mill. You can grind him as you would grind grain with a tool. But you can't remove his foolishness from him.23Be sure you know how your flocks are doing. Pay careful attention to your herds.24Riches don't last forever. And a crown is not secure for all time to come.25The hay is removed, and new growth appears. The grass from the hills is gathered in.26Then your lambs will provide you with clothes. And the money from selling your goats will buy you a field.27You will have plenty of goats' milk. It will feed you and your family. It will also feed your female servants.
1Sinners run away even when no one is chasing them. But those who do what is right are as bold as lions.2A country has many rulers when its people don't obey. But an understanding king knows how to keep order.3A ruler who beats poor people down is like a pounding rain that leaves no crops.4Those who turn away from the law praise sinners. But those who obey the law oppose them.5Sinful men don't understand what is fair. But those who worship the LORD understand it completely.6It is better to be poor and live without blame than to be rich and follow a crooked path.7A child who obeys the law understands what is right. But a child who likes to eat too much brings shame on his father.8A person who increases his wealth by charging high interest piles it up for someone who will be kind to poor people.9If you don't pay attention to the law, even your prayers are hated.10Those who lead honest people down an evil path will fall into their own trap. But those who are without blame will receive good things.11Rich people may be wise in their own eyes. But a poor person who understands what is right knows what they are really like.12When godly people win, everyone is very happy. But when sinners take charge, everyone hides.13Anyone who hides his sins doesn't succeed. But anyone who admits his sins and gives them up finds mercy.14Blessed is the one who always has respect for the Lord. But anyone who is stubborn will get into trouble.15An evil person who rules over helpless people is like a roaring lion or an angry bear.16A ruler who is mean to his people doesn't have any sense. But anyone who hates money gained in the wrong way will enjoy a long life.17A man who is troubled because he is guilty of murder will be on the run until the day he dies. No one should give him any help.18Anyone who lives without blame is kept safe. But anyone whose path is crooked will suddenly fall.19Anyone who farms his land will have plenty of food. But anyone who chases dreams will be very poor.20A faithful man will be richly blessed. But anyone who wants to get rich will be punished.21Favoring one person over another is not good. But some men will do wrong for a piece of bread.22A man who won't share what he has wants to get rich. He doesn't know he is going to be poor.23It is better to warn a man than to pretend to praise him. In the end he will be more pleased with you.24Anyone who steals from his parents and says, "It's not wrong," is just like a man who destroys.25A person who always wants more stirs up fights. But anyone who trusts in the LORD will succeed.26Anyone who trusts in himself is foolish. But a person who lives wisely is kept safe.27Those who give to poor people will have everything they need. But those who close their eyes to the poor will be under many curses.28When those who are evil take charge, other people hide. But when those who are evil die, godly people grow stronger.
1A man who still won't obey after being warned many times will suddenly be destroyed. Nothing can save him.2When those who do right grow stronger, the people are glad. But when those who do wrong become rulers, the people groan.3A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad. But a man who spends time with prostitutes wastes his father's wealth.4By doing what is fair, a king makes a country secure. But the one who wants to be paid off tears it down.5A man who only pretends to praise his neighbor is spreading a net to catch him by the feet.6A sinful man is trapped by his own sin. But a godly person can sing and be glad.7Those who do what is right want to treat poor people fairly. But those who do what is wrong don't care about the poor.8Those who make fun of others stir up a city. But wise people turn anger away.9Suppose a wise man goes to court with a foolish person. Then the foolish person gets mad and pokes fun. And there is no peace.10Murderers hate honest people. They try to kill those who do what is right.11A foolish person lets his anger run wild. But a wise person keeps himself under control.12If rulers listen to lies, all their officials become evil.13The LORD gives sight to the eyes of poor people and those who beat others down. That's what they both have in common.14If a king judges poor people fairly, his throne will always be secure.15If a child is corrected, he becomes wise. But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.16When those who do wrong grow stronger, so does sin. But those who do right will see them destroyed.17If you train your children, they will give you peace. They will bring delight to you.18Where there is no message from God, the people don't control themselves. But blessed are those who obey the law.19A servant can't be corrected only by words. Even if he understands, he won't obey.20Have you seen a man who speaks without thinking? There is more hope for foolish people than for him.21If you spoil your servant while he is young, he will bring you sorrow later on.22An angry man stirs up fights. And a person who burns with anger commits many sins.23If a man is proud, he will be made low. But if he isn't proud, he will be honored.24Anyone who helps a thief is his own enemy. When he is put under oath, he doesn't dare give witness.25If you are afraid of people, it will trap you. But if you trust in the Lord, he will keep you safe.26Many people want to meet a ruler. But only the LORD sees that people are treated fairly.27Those who do what is right hate dishonest people. Those who do what is wrong hate honest people.