But to the hungry,* even what is bitter tastes sweet.
10 Do not forsake your friend or your father’s friend,
And do not enter your own brother’s house on the day of your disaster;
Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.+
But the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences.*
13 Take a man’s garment if he has given security for a stranger;
14 When someone blesses his fellow man with a loud voice early in the morning,
It will be counted as a curse to him.
16 Whoever can restrain her can restrain the wind
And can grip oil with his right hand.
And the one who takes care of his master will be honored.+
19 As water reflects one’s face,
So the heart of one man reflects another’s.
Nor are a man’s eyes ever satisfied.
So a person is tested by the praise he receives.*
22 Even if you pound a fool with a pestle
Like crushed grain in a mortar,
His foolishness will not leave him.
23 You should know well the appearance of your flock.
Nor a crown* for all generations.
25 The green grass disappears, new grass appears,
And the vegetation of the mountains is gathered in.
26 The young rams provide your clothing,
And the male goats provide the price of a field.
27 And there will be enough goat’s milk to feed you,
To feed your household, and to sustain your servant girls.