1Better a mouthful of dry bread with peace than a house fil ed with quarrelsome sacrifices. 2A shrewd servant comes off better than an unworthy child, he will share the inheritance with thebrothers. 3A furnace for silver, a foundry for gold, but Yahweh for the testing of hearts! 4An evil-doer pays heed to malicious talk, a liar listens to a slanderous tongue. 5To mock the poor is to insult the Creator, no one who laughs at distress wil go unpunished. 6The crown of the aged is their children's children; the children's glory is their father. 7Fine words do not become the foolish, false words become a prince stil less. 8A gift works like a talisman for one who holds it: it brings prosperity at every turn. 9Whoever covers an offence promotes love, whoever again raises the matter divides friends. 10A reproof makes more impression on a person of understanding than a hundred strokes on a fool. 11The wicked person thinks of nothing but rebellion, but a cruel messenger wil be sent to such a one. 12Rather come on a bear robbed of her cubs than on a fool in his fol y. 13Disaster wil never be far from the house of one who returns evil for good. 14As well unleash a flood as start a dispute; desist before the quarrel breaks out. 15To absolve the guilty and condemn the upright, both alike are abhorrent to Yahweh. 16What good is money in the hand of a fool? To buy wisdom with it? The desire is not there. 17A friend is a friend at all times, it is for adversity that a brother is born. 18Whoever offers guarantees lacks sense and goes surety for a neighbour. 19The double-dealer loves sin, the proud courts ruin. 20The tortuous of heart finds no happiness, the perverse of speech fal s into misery. 21He who fathers a stupid child does so to his sorrow, the father of a fool knows no joy. 22A glad heart is excel ent medicine, a depressed spirit wastes the bones away. 23Under cover of his cloak a bad man takes a gift to pervert the course of justice. 24The intelligent has wisdom there before him, but the eyes of a fool range to the ends of the earth. 25A foolish child is a father's sorrow, and the grief of her who gave the child birth. 26To fine the upright is indeed a crime, to strike the noble is an injustice. 27Whoever can control the tongue knows what knowledge is, someone of understanding keeps a cooltemper. 28If the fool holds his tongue, he may pass for wise; if he seals his lips, he may pass for intel igent.
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