For an object of desire he who is separated doth
seek, With all wisdom he intermeddleth.
A fool delighteth not in understanding, But -- in uncovering
With the coming of the wicked come also hath contempt, And
with shame -- reproach.
Deep waters are the words of a man's mouth, The
fountain of wisdom is a flowing brook.
Acceptance of the face of the wicked is not good, To
turn aside the righteous in judgment.
The lips of a fool enter into strife, And his mouth for
The mouth of a fool is ruin to him, And his lips are
the snare of his soul.
The words of a tale-bearer are as self-inflicted
wounds, And they have gone down to the inner parts of the heart.
He also that is remiss in his work, A brother he is
to a destroyer.
A tower of strength is the name of Jehovah, Into it
the righteous runneth, and is set on high.
The wealth of the rich is the city of his strength,
And as a wall set on high in his own imagination.
Before destruction the heart of man is high, And before
honour is humility.
Whoso is answering a matter before he heareth, Folly it is to
him and shame.
The spirit of a man sustaineth his sickness, And a smitten
spirit who doth bear?
The heart of the intelligent getteth knowledge, And the ear
of the wise seeketh knowledge.
The gift of a man maketh room for him, And before the great
it leadeth him.
Righteous is the first in his own cause, His
neighbour cometh and hath searched him.
The lot causeth contentions to cease, And between the mighty
A brother transgressed against is as a strong city, And
contentions as the bar of a palace.
From the fruit of a man's mouth is his belly satisfied, From
the increase of his lips he is satisfied.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And
those loving it eat its fruit.
Whoso hath found a wife hath found good, And bringeth
out good-will from Jehovah.
With supplications doth the poor speak, And the rich
answereth fierce things.
A man with friends is to show himself friendly, And
there is a lover adhering more than a brother!