1If thou sit to sup at the table of a prince, Consider attentively the things set before thee:
2And apply thy hand, Knowing that it behooves thee to prepare such meats: But if thou art very insatiable,
3desire not his provisions; For these belong to a false life.
4If thou art poor, measure not thyself with a rich man; But refrain thyself in thy wisdom.
5If thou shouldest fix thine eye upon him, he will disappear; For wings like an eagle’s are prepared for him, And he returns to the house of his master.
6Sup not with an envious man, Neither desire thou his meats:
7So he eats and drinks As if anyone should swallow a hair, And do not bring him in to thyself, nor eat thy morsel with him:
8For he will vomit it up, and spoil thy fair words.
9Say nothing in the ears of a fool, Lest at any time he sneer at thy wise words.
10Remove not the ancient landmarks; And enter not upon the possession of the fatherless:
11For the Lord is their redeemer; He is mighty, and will plead their cause with thee.
12Apply thy heart to instruction, And prepare thine ears for words of discretion.
13Refrain not from chastening a child; For if thou beat him with the rod, he shall not die.
14For thou shalt beat him with the rod, And shalt deliver his soul from death.
15Son, if thy heart be wise, Thou shalt also gladden my heart;
16And thy lips shall converse with my lips, If they be right.
17Let not thy heart envy sinners: But be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day.
18For if thou shouldest keep these things, thou shalt have posterity; And thy hope shall not be removed.
19Hear, my son, and be wise, And rightly direct the thoughts of thy heart.
20Be not a wine bibber, Neither continue long at feasts, and purchases of flesh:
21For every drunkard and whoremonger shall be poor; And every sluggard shall clothe himself with tatters and ragged garments.
22Hearken, my son, to thy father which begot thee, And despise not thy mother because she is grown old.
24A righteous father brings up his children well; And his soul rejoices over a wise son.
25Let thy father and thy mother rejoice over thee, And let her that bore thee be glad.
26My son, give me thy heart, And let thine eyes observe my ways.
27For a strange house is a vessel full of holes; And a strange well is narrow.
28For such a one shall perish suddenly; And every transgressor shall be cut off.
29Who has woe? who trouble? who has quarrels? And who vexations and disputes? Who has bruises without a cause? Whose eyes are livid?
30Are not those of them that stay long at wine? Are not those of them that haunt the places where banquets are? Be not drunk with wine; but converse with just men, And converse with them openly.
31For if thou shouldest set thine eyes on bowls and cups, Thou shalt afterward go more naked than a pestle.
32But at last such a one stretches himself out as one smitten by a serpent, And venom is diffused through him as by a horned serpent.
33Whenever thine eyes shall behold a strange woman, Then thy mouth shall speak perverse things.
34And thou shalt lie as in the midst of the sea, And as a pilot in a great storm.
35And thou shalt say, They smote me, and I was not pained; And they mocked me, and I knew it not: When will it be morning, that I may go and seek those with whom I may go in company?