1Those who separate themselves from other people think only about those things that they are interested in; if they would continually associate with those who have good judgment/sense, they would constantly disagree/quarrel with them.
2Foolish people do not want to understand anything; they only want to ◄express their own opinions/say what they think► IDM.
3Whenever people do wicked things, others will despise them; when people do things that cause themselves to no longer be honored, they will be disgraced also.
4What wise people say is like a deep ocean that you can never get to the bottom of MET, and it refreshes us like water from a rapidly flowing stream.
5It is not good for a judge to decide matters in favor of those who ◄are guilty/have done wicked things► and to not do what is just for those who ◄are innocent/have not done what is wrong►.
6When foolish people SYN start arguments, it is as though they SYN are requesting/inviting someone to flog/whip them.
7What foolish people MTY say causes them to be ruined; their own words are like a trap MET that catches/seizes them.
8People enjoy listening to what gossips say like SIM they enjoy tasty food; they accept what gossips tell them like MET they swallow tasty food.
9People who are lazy while they work are just as bad as IDM those who destroy things.
10Yahweh MTY is like a strong tower MET; righteous people can go to him and be safe like they can run to a tower to be safe.
11Rich people are protected because they have a lot of money PRS like a city is protected because it has a high wall surrounding it SIM.
12Proud people are on the road to being ruined, but being humble leads to being honored.
13Those who reply to someone before that person has finished speaking are foolish; doing that is disgraceful.
14A desire to continue to live can sustain someone when he is sick; if he loses that desire, he ◄cannot endure it/will become very discouraged► when he is sick RHQ.
15Intelligent people are always wanting to learn more; wise people SYN are not content with what they already know.
16If you take a gift to an important person, that will open the way to allow you to talk to him.
17The first person to present his case in court seems right, but when ◄someone else/his opponent► begins to ask him questions, it may become clear that what he said was not true.
18If two influential/important people are arguing, someone can settle the matter by ◄casting lots/throwing marked stones to decide who is right►.
19If you help relatives, they will protect you like SIM a strong wall protects a city, but if you quarrel with them, that will separate you from them like bars on a city gate separate the city from those who want to enter it MET.
20People are happy when they hear others say MTY something that is good, like they are happy when they eat food that is good MET.
21What you say can cause others to be killed or it can cause them to continue to live; so those who like to talk a lot must ◄accept the consequences/realize that what they say can cause much harm►.
22If you marry a good woman, that is like finding a wonderful thing; it shows that Yahweh is pleased with you.
23It is necessary for poor people to speak politely when they request rich people to do something for them, but rich people reply very impolitely when poor people speak to them.
24There are some people who only pretend to be friends with us, but there are some friends who are more loyal than members of our families.