1 He who separates himself seeks [his own] desire, And rages against all sound wisdom.
2 A fool has no delight in understanding, But only that his heart may reveal itself.
3 When the wicked comes, there comes also contempt, And with ignominy [comes] reproach.
4 The words of a man's mouth are [as] deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is [as] a gushing brook.
5 To respect the person of the wicked is not good, [Nor] to turn aside the righteous in judgment.
6 A fool's lips enter into contention, And his mouth calls for stripes.
7 A fool's mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
8 The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts.
9 He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who is a destroyer.
10 The name of Yahweh is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it, and is safe.
11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, And as a high wall in his own imagination.
12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty; And before honor [goes] humility.
13 He who gives answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.
14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; But a broken spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
16 A gift of man makes room for him, And brings him before great men.
17 He who pleads his cause first [seems] just; But his fellow man comes and searches him out.
18 The lot causes contentions to cease, And parts between the mighty.
19 A brother offended [is harder to be won] than a strong city; And [such] contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man's belly will be filled with the fruit of his mouth; With the increase of his lips he will be satisfied.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; And those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor of Yahweh.
23 The poor uses entreaties; But the rich answers roughly.
24 He who has many companions [does it] to his own destruction; But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.