1It is better to have quiet with a dry morsel of bread than a house full of feasting with strife.
2A wise servant will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3The crucible is for silver and the furnace is for gold, but Yahweh refines hearts.
4The evildoer pays attention to wicked lips; a liar gives ear to a destructive tongue.
5Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker and the one who rejoices at misfortune will not go unpunished.
6Grandchildren are the crown of the aged and parents bring honor to their children.
7Eloquent speech is not suitable for a fool; much less are lying lips suitable for royalty.
8A bribe is like a magic stone to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9Whoever overlooks an offense seeks love, but the one who repeats a matter alienates close friends.
10A rebuke goes deeper into a person who has understanding than a hundred blows go into a fool.
11An evil person only seeks rebellion, so a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12It is better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to meet a fool in his foolishness.
13When someone returns evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
14The beginning of conflict is like one who releases water everywhere, so walk away from the dispute before it has broken out.
15The person who acquits the wicked person and the person who condemns the righteous person— both are an abomination to Yahweh.
16Why should a fool pay money to learn about wisdom, when he has no ability to learn it?
17A friend is loving at all times and a brother is born for times of trouble.
18A man having no sense makes binding promises and becomes responsible for his neighbor's debts.
19Whoever loves conflict loves sin; the one who makes the threshold of his door too high causes bones to be broken.
20A person who has a crooked heart finds nothing that is good; the one who has a perverse tongue falls into calamity.
21Whoever is the parent of a fool brings grief to himself; and the father of a fool has no joy.
22A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
23A wicked man accepts a secret bribe to pervert the ways of justice.
24The one who has understanding sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are set on the ends of the earth.
25A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to the woman who bore him.
26Also, it is never good to punish the righteous person; neither is it good to flog noble men who have integrity.
27One who has knowledge uses few words and one with understanding is even-tempered.
28Even a fool is thought to be wise if he keeps silent; when he keeps his mouth shut, he is considered to be intelligent.