5 Open reproof is better than concealed love.+
7 One whose appetite* is satisfied turns down* honey from the comb,
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.+
12 The shrewd person sees the danger and conceals himself,+
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;
Seize the pledge from him if he did so for a foreign woman.*+
14 When someone blesses his fellow man with a loud voice early in the morning,
It will be counted as a curse to him.
15 A quarrelsome* wife is like a constantly leaking roof on a rainy day.+
16 Whoever can restrain her can restrain the wind
And can grip oil with his right hand.
18 The one who cares for a fig tree will eat its fruit,+
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.
20 The Grave and the place of destruction* are never satisfied,+
Nor are a man’s eyes ever satisfied.
21 As the refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,+
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.
Take good care of* your sheep,+
24 For wealth does not last forever,+
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.