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Thirty Sayings of the Wise
17 Pay attention(A) and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise;(B)
apply your heart to what I teach,(C)
18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart
and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I teach you today, even you.
20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you,
sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth,(D)
so that you bring back truthful reports
to those you serve?
24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person,
do not associate with one easily angered,
25 or you may learn their ways
and get yourself ensnared.(I)
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone(L)
set up by your ancestors.
4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
do not trust your own cleverness.
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,(Q)
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.(R)
6 Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
do not crave his delicacies;(S)
7 for he is the kind of person
who is always thinking about the cost.[b]
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten
and will have wasted your compliments.
9 Do not speak to fools,
for they will scorn your prudent words.(T)
12 Apply your heart to instruction(Y)
and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
14 Punish them with the rod
and save them from death.(Z)
15 My son, if your heart is wise,
then my heart will be glad indeed;
16 my inmost being will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right.(AA)
19 Listen, my son,(AD) and be wise,
and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much wine(AE)
or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,(AF)
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.(AG)
23 Buy the truth and do not sell it—
wisdom, instruction and insight as well.(AH)
24 The father of a righteous child has great joy;
a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.(AI)
25 May your father and mother rejoice;
may she who gave you birth be joyful!(AJ)
26 My son,(AK) give me your heart
and let your eyes delight in my ways,(AL)
27 for an adulterous woman is a deep pit,(AM)
and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Like a bandit she lies in wait(AN)
and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine,(AO)
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
32 In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange sights,
and your mind will imagine confusing things.
34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
lying on top of the rigging.
35 “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?”(AP)
5 The wise prevail through great power,
and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
6 Surely you need guidance to wage war,
and victory is won through many advisers.(AV)
7 Wisdom is too high for fools;
in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
8 Whoever plots evil
will be known as a schemer.
9 The schemes of folly are sin,
and people detest a mocker.
10 If you falter in a time of trouble,
how small is your strength!(AW)
11 Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.(AX)
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs(AY) the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay(AZ) everyone according to what they have done?(BA)
13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.(BB)
15 Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous,
do not plunder their dwelling place;
16 for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.(BC)