Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1Do not envy evil men and do not lust to be with them.
2Because they devise evil in their heart, and their lips speak evil.
3A house is built by wisdom and by understanding it is entirely put in good order.
4And the inner chambers are filled by knowledge with every possession, honor and delight.
5The wise is better than the strong, and a man of knowledge than a mighty man of power.
6War is made in provocation, and salvation in the abundance of counsel.
7Wisdom casts out the fool and he does not open his mouth in the gate.
8He that devises to do evil is called an evil man.
9The counsel of the fool is sin; the defilement of a son of man is evil.
10Affliction will drive the evil in the day of distress.
11Deliver those that are being led to death and do not spare to save those that are being held to kill.
12And if you say, "I did not know it", know that God examines the thought of the heart, and he who keeps your soul knows, and rewards a son of man according to his works.
13Eat honey, my son, because it is good, and honeycomb is sweet to your palate.
14So also you will find wisdom to your soul, and it will be the end to you, and your hope will not be cut off.
15Do not plot evil in the dwelling of the righteous and do not plunder the place of his dwelling.
16Because the righteous falls seven times, and he rises, and the wicked is overthrown by evil.
17When your enemy has fallen, do not rejoice, and when he is overthrown, let not your heart leap for joy.
18Lest Lord Jehovah see, and it is evil in his eyes, and he turn his wrath from him.
19Do not emulate evil ones and do not envy the evil.
20Because there is no posterity to the evil ones and the lamp of the evil will be extinguished.
21Stand in awe, my son, of Lord Jehovah, and give counsel, and do not mingle with fools.
22Their shipwreck comes suddenly, and who knows the end of their years?
23I say these things to the wise; to accept persons in judgment is not good
24Neither to say to the evil, "You are righteous"; the nations will curse such, and the peoples will revile him.
25And the reprovers will be delighted, and a good blessing will come upon them.
26And the lips will kiss those that reprove.
27Prepare your works in the outdoors and make ready in your field, and after that build your house.
28Do not be a false witness against your neighbor and do not tear him to pieces with your lips.
29And do not say, "I shall do to him as he does to me and I shall pay him according to his works".
30I passed by the field of a lazy man and by the vineyard of a son of man lacking heart.
31And all of that climbed up, filled with a tangle of thorns, and they covered the face of the gates.
32And I saw and I set my heart, and I received instruction.
33And if you slumber a little and sleep a little, and for a little you put your hand upon your chest
34Poverty will walk before you, and want will overtake you like a man who is a runner.