To be respected* is better than silver and gold.
Jehovah made them both.+
3 The shrewd one sees the danger and conceals himself,
But the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences.*
5 Thorns and traps are in the crooked man’s path,
13 The lazy one says: “There is a lion outside!
I will be killed in the middle of the public square!”+
The one condemned by Jehovah will fall into it.
But the rod of discipline will remove it far from him.+
And the one giving gifts to the rich
Will end up in poverty.
In order to apply your heart to my knowledge,+
So that all of them may constantly be on your lips.+
19 For your confidence to be in Jehovah,
I am giving you knowledge today.
20 Have I not already written you,
Imparting advice and knowledge,
21 To teach you true and reliable words,
So that you can return with an accurate report to the one who sent you?
And do not crush the lowly man in the city gate,+
And he will take the life* of those who defraud them.
24 Do not keep company with a hot-tempered man
Or get involved with one disposed to rage,
25 So that you never learn his ways
27 If you have nothing to pay,
Your bed will be taken right out from under you!
29 Have you seen a man skillful at his work?
He will stand before kings;+
He will not stand before common men.