JPS Tanakh 1917
1Boast not thyself of to-morrow;
For thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
2Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth;
A stranger, and not thine own lips.
3A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty;
But a fool’s vexation is heavier than they both.
4Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming;
But who is able to stand before jealousy?
5Better is open rebuke
Than love that is hidden.
6Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
But the kisses of an enemy are importunate.
7The full soul loatheth a honeycomb;
But to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8As a bird that wandereth from her nest,
So is a man that wandereth from his place.
9Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart;
So doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
10Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not;
Neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity;
Better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
11My son, be wise, and make my heart glad,
That I may answer him that taunteth me.
12A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself;
But the thoughtless pass on, and are punished.
13Take his garment that is surety for a stranger;
And hold him in pledge that is surety for an alien woman.
14He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,
It shall be counted a curse to him.
15A continual dropping in a very rainy day
And a contentious woman are alike;
16He that would hide her hideth the wind,
And the ointment of his right hand betrayeth itself.
17Iron sharpeneth iron;
So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
18Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof;
And he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
19As in water face answereth to face,
So the heart of man to man.
20The nether-world and Destruction are never satiated;
So the eyes of man are never satiated.
21The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold,
And a man is tried by his praise.
22Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar with a pestle among groats,
Yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks,
And look well to thy herds;
24For riches are not for ever;
And doth the crown endure unto all generations?
25When the hay is mown, and the tender grass showeth itself,
And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in;
26The lambs will be for thy clothing,
And the goats the price for a field.
27And there will be goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household;
And maintenance for thy maidens.