24 Do not be emulous of bad men
nor desirous of going with them,
2 Because their hearts are studying up violence
and their lips are talking of mischief.
3 A household is built up by wisdom
and kept up by intelligence,
4 And by knowledge storerooms are filled
with all sorts of valuable and enjoyable goods.
5 A wise man is more puissant than a muscular man,
and a man of knowledge than one mighty in strength;
7 Wisdom is pearls for an ignoramus;
he does not open his mouth in the gate.
8 One who lays plans for doing harm
they call a crook.
10 If you slacken in a pinch
your strength is a pinched-up thing.
and those who are leaning over for killing; do not hold back;
12 When you say “There, we did not know this,”
will not he who gauges hearts see into it
And the keeper of your life know it?
and he will return to man the like of what he does.
13 Eat honey, son, because it is good
and virgin honey is sweet to your palate;
14 Such know wisdom to be for your soul:
if you find it there is a future
and your hope will not be dashed.
15 Do not lurk about an honest man’s quarter, rogue,
and do not raid his sleeping-place,
16 For an honest man falls seven times and gets up,
but rogues are tripped up by viciousness.
17 When your enemy falls down do not celebrate it,
and when he trips up do not let your heart exult;
18 Jehovah might see it and dislike it
and turn back his anger from him.
19 Do not get angry over bad men
nor be jealous of wrong-doers,
20 Because a wrong-doer will have no future;
wrong-doers’ lamps will go out.
21 Fear Jehovah and the king, son;
do not be mixed up with people who want a change,
22 For their calamity will come suddenly,
and who knows what bad end either set will come to?
23 These too are by the wise men.
Favoritism in judging is not a good thing.
24 On one who says to a wrong-doer “You are in the right”
Peoples will lay a curse,
folk upon folk be hostile to him;
26 One who gives a square answer kisses lips.
27 Get your work in shape outdoors
and have things ready in the field;
afterward you may build your house.
29 Do not say “I will do to him the same as he did to me,
I will pay the man back the like of his action.”
30 I went past an idle man’s field
and past a brainless man’s vineyard
31 And found it all grown up to nettles,
and weeds covered its surface and its stone wall was down.
32 And I viewed it and took it to heart,
saw and drew a lesson:
33 A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding your arms to lie abed—
34 And your poverty shall come prowling
and your want like a man under arms.