1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; ¶ whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 A king's wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; ¶ those who anger him forfeit their lives.
3 It is to one's honor to avoid strife, ¶ but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 Sluggards do not plow in season; ¶ so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
5 The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters, ¶ but one who has insight draws them out.
6 Many claim to have unfailing love, ¶ but a faithful person who can find?
7 The righteous lead blameless lives; ¶ blessed are their children after them.
8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, ¶ he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; ¶ I am clean and without sin"?
10 Differing weights and differing measures — ¶ the LORD detests them both.
11 Even small children are known by their actions, ¶ so is their conduct really pure and upright?
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see — ¶ the LORD has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; ¶ stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer — ¶ then goes off and boasts about the purchase.
15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, ¶ but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; ¶ hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.
17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, ¶ but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Plans are established by seeking advice; ¶ so if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 A gossip betrays a confidence; ¶ so avoid anyone who talks too much.
20 If someone curses their father or mother, ¶ their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance claimed too soon ¶ will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" ¶ Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.
23 The LORD detests differing weights, ¶ and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A person's steps are directed by the LORD. ¶ How then can anyone understand their own way?
25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly ¶ and only later to consider one's vows.
26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; ¶ he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The human spirit is [^1] the lamp of the LORD ¶ that sheds light on one's inmost being.
28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; ¶ through love his throne is made secure.
29 The glory of young men is their strength, ¶ gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil, ¶ and beatings purge the inmost being.