1Wine is reckless, liquor rowdy; unwise is anyone whom it seduces. 2Like the roaring of a lion is the fury of a king; whoever provokes him sins against himself. 3It is praiseworthy to stop short of a law-suit; only a fool flies into a rage. 4In autumn the idler does not plough, at harvest time he looks -- nothing there! 5The resources of the human heart are like deep waters: an understanding person has only to draw onthem. 6Many describe themselves as people of faithful love, but who can find someone real y to be trusted? 7The upright whose ways are blameless -- blessed the children who come after! 8A king enthroned on the judgement seat with one look scatters al that is evil. 9Who can say, 'I have cleansed my heart, I am purified of my sin'? 10One weight here, another there; here one measure, there another: both alike are abhorrent toYahweh. 11A young man's character appears in what he does, if his behaviour is pure and straight. 12Ear that hears, eye that sees, Yahweh has made both of these. 13Do not love sleep or you will know poverty; keep your eyes open and have your fil of food. 14'No good, no good!' says the buyer, but he goes off congratulating himself. 15There are gold and jewels of every type, but a priceless ornament is speech informed by knowledge. 16Take the man's clothes! He has gone surety for a stranger. Take a pledge from him to the profit ofpersons unknown! 17Bread is sweet when it is got by fraud, but later the mouth is ful of grit. 18Plans are matured by consultation; take wise advice when waging war. 19The bearer of gossip lets out secrets; do not mingle with chatterers. 20Whoever curses father or mother wil have his lamp put out in the deepest darkness. 21Property quickly come by at first wil not be blessed in the end. 22Do not say, 'I shall repay evil'; put your hope in Yahweh and he wil keep you safe. 23One weight here, another there: this is abhorrent to Yahweh, false scales are not good. 24Yahweh guides the steps of the powerful: but who can comprehend human ways? 25Anyone is trapped who cries 'Dedicated!' and begins to reflect only after the vow. 26A wise king winnows the wicked and makes the wheel pass over them. 27The human spirit is the lamp of Yahweh -- searching the deepest self. 28Faithful love and loyalty mount guard over the king, his throne is founded on saving justice. 29The pride of the young is their strength, the ornament of the old, grey hairs. 30Wounding strokes are good medicine for evil, blows have an effect on the inmost self.
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