1A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.2Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.3The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.4Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honour and life.5In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.6Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.7The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.8Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.9The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.10Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; quarrels and insults are ended.11One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.12The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge, but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.13The sluggard says, ‘There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!’14The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.15Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.16One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich – both come to poverty.
17Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,18for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.19So that your trust may be in the Lord, I teach you today, even you.20Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,21teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports to those you serve?
22Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court,23for the Lord will take up their case and will exact life for life.
24Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered,25or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.
26Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts;27if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.28Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.
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29Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.