2 Out of the fruit of a man’s mouth he will eat good,
but faithless men’s appetite is for outrage.
3 He who keeps watch of his mouth is guarding his life;
he who throws his lips open comes to ruin.
5 An honest man hates a false word,
but a rogue leaves you disappointed and abashed.
6 Right-doing keeps safe a man of conscientious course,
but sin upsets wrong-doers.
7 There are such things as a man who makes himself out rich and there is nothing at all there,
and a man who makes himself out poor and there are quantities
9 Right-doers’ light is merry,
and wrong-doers’ lamp goes out.
10* A man with nothing in him will start a squabble by self-will; but wisdom is with men who take advice.
12* An expectation long drawn out breeds sickness in the heart; but a desire that comes true is bark from a tree of life.
13** One who despises a word will have to give security;
but one who fears a commandment, he will go safe.
14 A wise man’s precept is a spring of life
for keeping away from the snares of death.
16 Any shrewd man acts by knowledge;
but a fool spreads out ignorance.
18 Poverty and dishonor, who neglects instruction;
but one who observes admonition will come to high standing.
20 Go with wise men and become wise;
but one who cultivates fools will come to harm.
22 A good man will bequeath an inheritance to children’s children,
but a sinner’s wealth is stored away for an honest man.
23* Plenty of food, poor men’s sod-breaking;
but there is such a thing as one that is swept away without justice.
24 He who holds back his stick hates his son,
but he who loves him goes in quest of it as a discipline.
25 A right-doer eats all his appetite wants,
but wrong-doers’ stomachs are scrimped.