Warnings and Instructions
1 Do R1011 not boast about tomorrow,
For you do R1012 not know what a day may bring forth.
2 Let another R1013 praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and the sand weighty,
But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.
4 Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood,
But who R1014 can stand before jealousy?
5 Better is open R1015 rebuke
Than love that is concealed.
6 Faithful are the wounds R1016 of a friend,
But deceitful F391 are the kisses R1017 of an enemy.
7 A sated man F392 loathes F393 honey,
But to a famished man F392 any bitter thing is sweet.
8 Like a bird R1018 that wanders from her nest,
So is a man who wanders R1019 from his home. F394
9 Oil R1020 and perfume make the heart glad,
So a man's F395 counsel is sweet to his friend.
10 Do not forsake your own friend R1021 or your R1022 father's friend,
And do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity;
Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.
11 Be R1023 wise, my son, and make my heart glad,
That I may reply R1024 to him who reproaches me.
12 A prudent man sees evil and hides himself,
The naive F396 proceed and pay the penalty.
13 Take R1025 his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger;
And for an adulterous F397 woman hold him in pledge.
14 He R1026 who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning,
It will be reckoned a curse to him.
15 A constant R1027 dripping on a day of steady rain
And a contentious woman are alike;
16 He who would restrain F398 her restrains F398 the wind,
And grasps F399 oil with his right hand.
17 Iron sharpens iron,
So one man sharpens another.
18 He who tends the fig R1028 tree will eat its fruit,
And he who cares R1029 for his master will be honored.
19 As in water face reflects face,
So the heart of man reflects man.
20 Sheol R1030 F400 and Abaddon F401 are never R1031 satisfied,
Nor are the eyes R1032 of man ever satisfied.
21 The crucible R1033 is for silver and the furnace for gold,
And each is R1034 tested by the praise accorded him.
22 Though you pound R1035 a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain,
Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.
23 Know R1036 well the condition F402 of your flocks,
And pay attention to your herds;
24 For riches are not forever,
Nor does a crown R1037 endure to all generations.
25 When the grass disappears, the new growth is seen,
And the herbs of the mountains are gathered R1038 in,
26 The lambs will be for your clothing,
And the goats will bring the price of a field,
27 And there will be goats' milk enough for your food,
For the food of your household,
And sustenance for your maidens.
F391: Or excessive
F392: Lit soul
F393: Lit tramples on
F392: Lit soul
F394: Lit place
F395: Lit soul's
F396: Lit simple
F397: Lit strange
F398: Lit hide(s)
F398: Lit hide(s)
F399: Lit encounters
F400: I.e. The nether world
F401: I.e. the place of destruction
F402: Lit face
R1011: James 4:13-16
R1012: Luke 12:19,20; James 4:14
R1013: Proverbs 25:27; 2 Corinthians 10:12,18; 12:11
R1014: Proverbs 6:34; 1 John 3:12
R1015: Proverbs 28:23; Galatians 2:14
R1016: Psalms 141:5; Proverbs 20:30
R1017: Matthew 26:49
R1018: Proverbs 26:2; Isaiah 16:2
R1019: Genesis 21:14
R1020: Psalms 23:5; 141:5
R1021: Proverbs 18:24
R1022: 1 Kings 12:6-8; 2 Chronicles 10:6-8
R1023: Proverbs 10:1; 23:15; 29:3
R1024: Psalms 119:42
R1025: Proverbs 20:16
R1026: Psalms 12:2
R1027: Proverbs 19:13
R1028: 2 Kings 18:31; Song of Solomon 8:12; Isaiah 36:16; 1 Corinthians 3:8; 9:7; 2 Timothy 2:6
R1029: Luke 12:42-44; 19:17
R1030: Job 1:26:6; Proverbs 15:11
R1031: Proverbs 30:15,16; Habakkuk 2:5
R1032: Ecclesiastes 1:8; 4:8
R1033: Proverbs 17:3
R1034: Luke 6:26
R1035: Proverbs 23:35; 26:11; Jeremiah 5:3
R1036: Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 34:12; John 10:3
R1037: Job 1:19:9; Psalms 89:39; Jeremiah 13:18; Lamentations 5:16; Ezekiel 21:26
R1038: Isaiah 17:5; Jeremiah 40:10,12