3 My son, do not forget my instructions,
but let your heart keep my commands,
4 And find favor and a reputation for judiciousness
in the eyes of God and men.
5 Trust in Jehovah with all your heart
and do not lean on your own expertness;
6 Along all your courses know him
and he will keep your ways straight.
7 Do not feel as if you were wise;
fear Jehovah and steer clear of what is bad;
8 It will be medicine for your navel
and juice for your bones.
9 Honor Jehovah out of your means
and out of the first of all your produce,
10 And have your barns filled with foodstuffs
and your vats bursting with grape-juice.
11 Do not reject Jehovah’s discipline, my son,
nor chafe at his correction,
12 Because it is the one Jehovah loves that he corrects
and he hurts a son who is acceptable to him.
13 Happy a man who finds wisdom
and a person who obtains intelligence,
14 Because it is a better bargain than silver,
better revenue than hard gold,
15 It is worth more than coral
and all your valuables are no equivalent for it.
16 It has long life in its right hand,
riches and honor in its left.
17 Its courses are courses of delight
and all its paths are prosperity.
18* It is bark from a tree of life for those who grasp it,
and one who handles it is to be congratulated.
21 My son, never let them get away from your eyes;
keep sense and judgment;
22 They will make your life vital
and your neck fine.
26 For Jehovah will be your reliance
and guard your foot from getting caught.
27 Do not withhold a kindness from the one who might receive it when it is in your power to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbor “Go along, come again
and tomorrow I will let you have some” when you have some by you.
29 Do not cook up harm for your neighbor
when he is living with you unsuspiciously.
30 Do not quarrel gratuitously with people
if they have done you no harm.
31 Do not envy a rapacious man
nor choose any of his courses,
32 Because a crook is a thing Jehovah detests
but upright men stand on intimate terms with him.
33 Jehovah’s malediction is in a wrong-doer’s house,
but honest men’s home he blesses.
35 Wise men come in for glory,
but disgrace makes fools conspicuous.