1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; ¶ to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
2 Rich and poor have this in common: ¶ The LORD is the Maker of them all.
3 The prudent see danger and take refuge, ¶ but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
4 Humility is the fear of the LORD; ¶ its wages are riches and honor and life.
5 In the paths of the wicked are snares and pitfalls, ¶ but those who would preserve their life stay far from them.
6 Start children off on the way they should go, ¶ and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
7 The rich rule over the poor, ¶ and the borrower is slave to the lender.
8 Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, ¶ and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.
9 The generous will themselves be blessed, ¶ for they share their food with the poor.
10 Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife; ¶ quarrels and insults are ended.
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace ¶ will have the king for a friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge, ¶ but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
13 The sluggard says, "There's a lion outside! ¶ I'll be killed in the public square!"
14 The mouth of an adulterous woman is a deep pit; ¶ a man who is under the LORD's wrath falls into it.
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, ¶ but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.
16 One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth ¶ and one who gives gifts to the rich —both come to poverty.
17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; ¶ apply your heart to what I teach,
18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.
20 Have I not written thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge,
21 teaching you to be honest and to speak the truth, so that you bring back truthful reports ¶ to those you serve?
22 Do not exploit the poor because they are poor ¶ and do not crush the needy in court,
23 for the LORD will take up their case and will exact life for life.
24 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, ¶ do not associate with one easily angered,
25 or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.
26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge ¶ or puts up security for debts;
27 if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you.
28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone ¶ set up by your ancestors.
29 Do you see someone skilled in their work? ¶ They will serve before kings; ¶ they will not serve before officials of low rank.