1Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
2Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
3A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's vexation is heavier than they both.
4Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; but who is able to stand before jealousy?
5Better is open rebuke than love that is hidden.
6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are importunate.
7The full soul loatheth a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
9Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
10Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity; better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
11My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that taunteth me.
12A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the thoughtless pass on, and are punished.
13Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; and hold him in pledge that is surety for an alien woman.
14He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
15A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike;
16He that would hide her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand betrayeth itself.
17Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
18Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; and he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
19As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
20The nether-world and Destruction are never satiated; so the eyes of man are never satiated.
21The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, and a man is tried by his praise.
22Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar with a pestle among groats, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds;
24For riches are not for ever; and doth the crown endure unto all generations?
25When the hay is mown, and the tender grass showeth itself, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in;
26The lambs will be for thy clothing, and the goats the price for a field.
27And there will be goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household; and maintenance for thy maidens.