1Have they made you the presider? Do not let it go to your head, behave like everyone else in the party,see that they are happy and then sit down yourself. 2Having discharged your duties, take your place so that your joy may be through theirs, and you mayreceive the crown for your competence. 3Speak, old man -- it is proper that you should -- but with discretion: do not spoil the music. 4If someone is singing, do not ramble on and do not play the sage at the wrong moment. 5An amber seal on a precious stone, such is a concert of music at a wine feast. 6An emerald seal in a golden setting, such are strains of music with a vintage wine. 7Speak, young man, when you must, but twice at most, and then only if questioned. 8Keep to the point, say much in few words; give the impression of knowing but not wanting to speak. 9Among eminent people do not behave as though you were their equal; do not make frivolous remarkswhen someone else is speaking. 10Lightning comes before the thunder, favour goes ahead of a modest person. 11Leave in good time, do not bring up the rear, and hurry home without loitering. 12There amuse yourself, and do what you have a mind to, but do not sin by arrogant talk. 13And for all this bless your Creator, who intoxicates you with his favours. 14Whoever fears the Lord wil accept his correction; those who look for him wil win his favour. 15Whoever seeks the Law wil be nourished by it, the hypocrite will find it a stumbling-block. 16Those who fear the Lord win his approval, their good deeds shining like a light. 17The sinner waves reproof aside, he finds an excuse for headstrong behaviour. 18A sensible person never scorns a warning; foreigners and the proud do not know about fear. 19Never act without reflection, and you wil not regret your actions. 20Do not venture on a rough road, for fear of stumbling over the stones. 21Do not be over-confident on an even road 22and beware of your own children. 23Watch yourself in everything you do; this is also the way to keep the commandments. 24Anyone who trusts in the Law obeys its precepts, no one who has confidence in the Lord wil come toharm.
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