1A drunken workman wil never grow rich, and one who makes light of small matters will gradual y sink. 2Wine and women corrupt intel igent men, the customer of whores loses al sense of shame. 3Grubs and worms wil have him as their legacy, and the man who knows no shame will lose his life. 4Being too ready to trust shows shal owness of mind, and sinning harms the sinner. 5Taking pleasure in evil earns condemnation; 6by hating gossip one avoids evil. 7Never repeat what you are told and you wil come to no harm; 8whether to friend or foe, do not talk about it, unless it would be sinful not to, do not reveal it; 9you would be heard out, then mistrusted, and in due course you would be hated. 10Have you heard something? Let it die with you. Courage! It wil not burst you! 11A fool wil suffer birthpangs over a piece of news, like a woman labouring with child. 12Like an arrow stuck in the flesh of the thigh, so is a piece of news inside a fool. 13Question your friend, he may have done nothing at al ; and if he has done anything, he wil not do itagain. 14Question your neighbour, he may have said nothing at al ; and if he has said anything, he wil not sayit again. 15Question your friend, for slander is very common, do not believe al you hear. 16People sometimes make a slip, without meaning what they say; and which of us has never sinned byspeech? 17Question your neighbour before you threaten him, and defer to the Law of the Most High. 18 19 20Wisdom consists entirely in fearing the Lord, and wisdom is entirely constituted by the fulfil ing of theLaw. 21 22Being learned in evil, however, is not wisdom, there is no prudence in the advice of sinners. 23There is a cleverness that is detestable; whoever has no wisdom is a fool. 24Better be short of sense and ful of fear, than abound in shrewdness and violate the Law. 25There is a wickedness which is scrupulous but nonetheless dishonest, and there are those whomisuse kindness to win their case. 26There is the person who wil walk bowed down with grief, when inwardly this is nothing but deceit: 27he hides his face and pretends to be deaf, if he is not unmasked, he wil take advantage of you. 28There is the person who is prevented from sinning by lack of strength, yet he wil do wrong when hegets the chance. 29You can tel a person by his appearance, you can tell a thinker by the look on his face. 30The way a person dresses, the way he laughs, the way he walks, tel you what he is.
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