2 A capable slave will have control over a worthless son
and will share inheritance among brothers.
3 Crucible for silver and furnace for gold,
but he who assays hearts is Jehovah.
it is falsehood that gives ear to a malignant tongue.
5 One who jeers at a poor man is insulting him who made him;
one who is glad at calamity will not be held innocent.
6 Grandchildren are old men’s coronet;
but sons’ adornment is their fathers.
9 One who is looking for love covers up an offense;
but one who harps on a matter alienates a bosom friend.
10 A rebuke sinks deeper into a man of sense
than a hundred cuts with a stick into a fool.
12 Let a man encounter a bear that has lost her cubs
but not a fool in his ignorance.
14 The beginning of a quarrel is somebody letting a trickle start,
so give up your side of the dispute before anybody gets into a rage.
15 One who declares a man right when he is wrong and one who declares
him wrong when he is right
are both of them things that Jehovah detests.
16 Why should a fool have in his hands a fee
to buy wisdom when he has no brains?
18 A brainless man strikes hands,
pledges a security before another.
and a man with a reversible tongue will fall into disaster.
21 To one who begets a fool it becomes a sorrow,
and a rascal’s father will not be glad.
23 A bribe is taken out of a rogue’s pocket
to warp the courses of justice.
24 Wisdom is face to face with a man of sense,
but a fool’s eyes are at earth’s end.
25 A foolish son is a vexation to his father
and a bitterness to her who gave him birth.
and one with a cool spirit is a man of intelligence.
28 Even an ignoramus holding his tongue will be thought wise;
one who stops up his lips is sensible.