Wine is an intemperate thing, and strong drink full of violence: but every fool is entangled with them. The threat of a king differs not from the rage of a lion; and he that provokes him sins against his own soul. It is a glory to a man to turn aside from railing; but every fool is entangled with such matters. A sluggard when reproached is not ashamed: so also he who borrows corn in harvest. Counsel in a man's heart is deep water; but a prudent man will draw it out. A man is valuable, and a merciful man precious: but it is hard to find a faithful man. He that walks blameless in justice, shall leave his children blessed. Whenever a righteous king sits on the throne, no evil thing can stand before his presence. Who will boast that he has a pure heart? or who will boldly say that he is pure from sins? 10 A large and small weight, and * various measures, are even both of them unclean before the Lord; and so is he that makes them. 11 A youth when in company with a godly man, will be restrained in his devices, and then his way will be straight. 12 The ear hears, and the eye sees: even both of them are the Lord's work. 13 Love not to speak ill, lest you be cut off: open your eyes, and be filled with bread. 20 The lamp of him that reviles father or mother shall be put out, and his eyeballs shall see darkness. 21 A portion hastily gotten at first shall not be blessed in the end. 22 Say not, I will avenge myself on my enemy; but wait on the Lord, that he may help you. 23 A double weight is an abomination to the Lord; and a deceitful balance is not good in his sight. 24 A man's goings are directed of the Lord: how then can a mortal understand his ways? 25 It is a snare to a man hastily to consecrate some of his own property: for in that case repentance comes after vowing. 26 A wise king utterly crushes the ungodly, and will bring a wheel upon them. 27 The spirit of man is a light of the Lord, who searches the inmost parts of the belly. 28 Mercy and truth are a guard to a king, and will surround his throne with righteousness. 29 Wisdom is an ornament to young men; and grey hairs are the glory of old men. 30 Bruises and contusions befall bad men; and plagues shall come in the inward parts of their belly.
* 20:10 Gr. double. 20:27 Comp. chap 11. 13.