1My child, have you sinned? Do so no more, and ask forgiveness for your previous faults. 2Flee from sin as from a snake, if you approach it, it wil bite you; its teeth are lion's teeth, they takehuman life away. 3Al law-breaking is like a two-edged sword, the wounds it inflicts are beyond cure. 4Terror and violence make havoc of riches, similarly, desolation overtakes the houses of the proud. 5A plea from the mouth of the poor goes straight to the ear of God, whose judgement comes withoutdelay. 6Whoever resents reproof walks in the sinner's footsteps; whoever fears the Lord is repentant of heart. 7The glib speaker is known far and wide, but the wary detects every slip. 8To build your house with other people's money is like collecting stones for your own tomb. 9A meeting of the lawless is like a heap of tow: they wil end in a blazing fire. 10The sinner's road is smoothly paved, but it ends at the pit of Sheol. 11Whoever keeps the Law wil master his instincts; the fear of the Lord is made perfect in wisdom. 12No one who lacks aptitude can be taught, but certain aptitudes give rise to bitterness. 13The sage's knowledge is as rich as the abyss and his advice is like a living spring. 14The heart of a fool is like a broken jar, it will not hold any knowledge. 15If the educated hears a wise saying, he praises it and caps it with another; if a debauchee hears it, hedoes not like it and tosses it behind his back. 16The talk of a fool is like a load on a journey, but it is a pleasure to listen to the intelligent. 17The utterance of the shrewd wil be eagerly awaited in the assembly, what he says wil be givenserious consideration. 18The wisdom of a fool is like the wreckage of a house, the knowledge of a dolt is incoherent talk. 19To the senseless fel ow instruction is like fetters on the feet, like manacles on the right hand. 20A fool laughs at the top of his voice, but the intel igent quietly smiles. 21To the shrewd instruction is like a golden ornament, like a bracelet on the right arm. 22The step of a fool goes straight into a house, but a person of much experience makes a respectfulapproach; 23the stupid peeps inside through the door, a well-bred person waits outside. 24Listening at doors is a sign of bad upbringing, the perceptive would be ashamed to do so. 25The lips of gossips repeat the words of others, the words of the wise are careful y weighed. 26The heart of fools is in their mouth, but the mouth of the wise is in their heart. 27When the godless curses Satan, he is cursing himself. 28The scandal-monger sul ies himself and earns the hatred of the neighbourhood.
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