Be not envious of evil men, And desire not to be with them.
For destruction doth their heart meditate, And perverseness
do their lips speak.
By wisdom is a house builded, And by understanding it
And by knowledge the inner parts are filled, With all
precious and pleasant wealth.
Mighty is the wise in strength, And a man of
knowledge is strengthening power,
For by plans thou makest for thyself war, And deliverance is
in a multitude of counsellors.
Wisdom is high for a fool, In the gate he openeth not
Whoso is devising to do evil, Him they call a master of
The thought of folly is sin, And an abomination to
man is a scorner.
Thou hast shewed thyself weak in a day of adversity,
Straitened is thy power,
If from delivering those taken to death, And those
slipping to the slaughter -- thou keepest back.
When thou sayest, 'Lo, we knew not this.' Is not the
Ponderer of hearts He who understandeth? And the Keeper of thy soul He who
knoweth? And He hath rendered to man according to his work.
Eat my son, honey that is good, And the honeycomb --
sweet to thy palate.
So is the knowledge of wisdom to thy soul, If thou
hast found that there is a posterity And thy hope is not cut off.
Lay not wait, O wicked one, At the habitation of the
righteous. Do not spoil his resting-place.
For seven times doth the righteous fall and rise, And
the wicked stumble in evil.
In the falling of thine enemy rejoice not, And in his
stumbling let not thy heart be joyful,
Lest Jehovah see, and it be evil in His eyes, And He
hath turned from off him His anger.
Fret not thyself at evil doers, Be not envious at the
For there is not a posterity to the evil, The lamp of the
wicked is extinguished.
Fear Jehovah, my son, and the king, With changers mix not up
For suddenly doth their calamity rise, And the ruin of them
both -- who knoweth!
These also are for the wise: -- To discern faces in judgment
is not good.
Whoso is saying to the wicked, 'Thou art righteous,'
Peoples execrate him -- nations abhor him.
And to those reproving it is pleasant, And on them cometh a
Lips he kisseth who is returning straightforward words.
Prepare in an out-place thy work, And make it ready in the
field -- go afterwards, Then thou hast built thy house.
Be not a witness for nought against thy neighbour, Or thou
hast enticed with thy lips.
Say not, 'As he did to me, so I do to him, I render to each
according to his work.'
Near the field of a slothful man I passed by, And near the
vineyard of a man lacking heart.
And lo, it hath gone up -- all of it -- thorns! Covered its
face have nettles, And its stone wall hath been broken down.
And I see -- I -- I do set my heart, I have seen -- I have
A little sleep -- a little slumber -- A little folding of
the hands to lie down.
And thy poverty hath come as a traveller, And thy
want as an armed man!