to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.n
The Lord is the Maker of them all.o
3 The prudent see danger and take refuge,p
but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.q
5 In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls,t
but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
and even when they are old they will not turn from it.w
and the borrower is slave to the lender.
8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,x
and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.y
9 The generous will themselves be blessed,z
for they share their food with the poor.a
quarrels and insults are ended.b
will have the king for a friend.c
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!d
I’ll be killed in the public square!”
14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit;e
a man who is under the Lord’s wrath falls into it.f
but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.g
and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty.
apply your heart to what I teach,j
and have all of them ready on your lips.
I teach you today, even you.
sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth,k
so that you bring back truthful reports
to those you serve?
22 Do not exploit the poorl because they are poor
and do not crush the needy in court,m
23 for the Lord will take up their casen
and will exact life for life.o
24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
do not associate with one easily angered,
and get yourself ensnared.p
26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledgeq
or puts up security for debts;
your very bed will be snatched from under you.r
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stones
set up by your ancestors.
29 Do you see someone skilledt in their work?
they will not serve before officials of low rank.