1Make no boast for thyself of the coming day; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
2Let another man praise thee, and not thy own mouth; a stranger, and not thy own lips.
3A stone hath heaviness, and the sand, weight; but a fool's wrath is heavier than both of them.
4Fury hath its cruelty, and anger its overwhelming power; but who is able to stand before jealousy?
5Better is open reproof than concealed love.
6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but deceptive are the kisses of an enemy.
7The satisfied soul treadeth under foot fine honey; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8As a bird that wandereth away from her nest, so is a man that wandereth away from his place.
9Oil and perfume cause the heart to rejoice, and so do the sweet words of a friend more than one's own counsel.
10Thy own friend, and thy father's friend, thou must not forsake; but into thy brother's house enter not on the day of thy calamity: better is a near neighbor than a distant brother.
11Become wise, my son, and cause my heart to rejoice, that I may give an answer to him that reproacheth me.
12The prudent foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
13Take his garment, for he became surety for a stranger; and on account of an alien woman take a pledge of him.
14When one saluteth his friend with a loud voice, when rising early in the morning, it will be counted a curse to him.
15A continual dropping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
16He that would conceal her might conceal the wind, and as fragrant oil on his right hand, which would betray itself.
17Iron is sharpened by iron: so doth a man sharpen himself on the countenance of his friend.
18Whoso guardeth the fig-tree will eat its fruit: so he that watcheth over his master will be honored.
19As the water showeth to the face the reflected face: so doth the heart of man show itself to man.
20The nether world and the place of corruption are never satisfied: so are the eyes of man never satisfied.
21As the fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: so is a man proved according to his praise.
22Though thou shouldst pound the fool in a mortar, in the midst of grains of wheat with a pestle: still would his folly not depart from him.
23Endeavor to know well the appearance of thy flocks, direct thy attention to thy herds;
24For property endureth not for ever, nor doth the crown remain for all generations.
25When the grass is past, young verdure showeth itself, and then are gathered the herbs of the mountains.
26The sheep are for thy clothing, and he-goats are the purchase-price of a field.
27And thou wilt have enough of goats' milk for thy food, for the food of thy household, and the support for thy maidens.