- When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider well who is before thee;
- and put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
- Be not desirous of his dainties;
for they are deceitful food.
- Weary not thyself to become rich;
cease from thine own intelligence:
- wilt thou set thine eyes upon it, it is gone;
for indeed it maketh itself wings and it flieth away as an eagle towards the heavens.
- Eat thou not the food of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainties.
- For as he thinketh in his soul, so is he.
Eat and drink!
will he say unto thee;
but his heart is not with thee.
- Thy morsel which thou hast eaten must thou vomit up, and thou wilt have wasted thy sweet words.
- Speak not in the ears of a foolish [man], for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
- Remove not the ancient landmark;
and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
- for their redeemer is mighty;
he will plead their cause against thee.
- Apply thy heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
- Withhold not correction from the child;
for [if] thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die:
- thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from Sheol.
- My son, if thy heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine;
- and my reins shall exult, when thy lips speak right things.
- Let not thy heart envy sinners, but [be thou] in the fear of Jehovah all the day;
- for surely there is a result, and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
- Thou, my son, hear and be wise, and direct thy heart in the way.
- Be not among winebibbers, among riotous eaters of flesh.
- For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty;
and drowsiness clotheth with rags.
- Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
- Buy the truth, and sell it not;
wisdom, and instruction, and intelligence.
- The father of a righteous [man] shall greatly rejoice, and he that begetteth a wise [son] shall have joy of him:
- let thy father and thy mother have joy, and let her that bore thee rejoice.
- My son, give me thy heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
- For a whore is a deep ditch;
and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
- She also lieth in wait as a robber, and increaseth the treacherous among men.
- Who hath woe?
Who hath sorrow?
Who wounds without cause?
Who redness of eyes?
- — They that tarry long at the wine;
they that go to try mixed wine.
- Look not upon the wine when it is red, when it sparkleth in the cup, and goeth down smoothly:
- at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
- Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thy heart shall speak froward things;
- and thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, and as he that lieth down upon the top of a mast:
- — 'They have smitten me, [and] I am not sore;
they have beaten me, [and] I knew it not.
When shall I awake?
I will seek it yet again.''