Do not envy evil men;
Do not desire to be with them;
For their heartsaSee note to 15.28. talk violence,
And their lips speak mischief.
A house is built by wisdom,
And is established by understanding;
By knowledge are its rooms filled
With all precious and beautiful things.
A wise man is strength;
A knowledgeable man exerts power;
For by stratagems you wage war,
And victory comes with much planning.
Wisdom is too lofty for a fool;
He does not open his mouth in the gate.
He who lays plans to do harm
Is called by men a schemer.
The schemes of folly are sin,
And a scoffer is an abomination to men.
If you showed yourself slack in time of trouble,
Wanting in power,
If you refrained from rescuing those taken off to death,
Those condemned to slaughter—
If you say, “We knew nothing of it,”
Surely He who fathoms hearts will discern [the truth],
He who watches over your life will know it,
And He will pay each man as he deserves.
My son, eat honey, for it is good;
Let its sweet drops be on your palate.
Know: such is wisdom for your soul;
If you attain it, there is a future;
Your hope will not be cut off.
Wicked man! Do not lurk by the home of the righteous man;
Do no violence to his dwelling.
Seven times the righteous man falls and gets up,
While the wicked are tripped by one misfortune.
If your enemy falls, do not exult;
If he trips, let your heart not rejoice,
Lest the LORD see it and be displeased,
And avert His wrath from him.
Do not be vexed by evildoers;
Do not be incensed by the wicked;
For there is no future for the evil man;
The lamp of the wicked goes out.
Fear the LORD, my son, and the king,
And do not mix with dissenters,
For disaster comes from them suddenly;
The doom both decree who can foreknow?
These also are by the sages:
It is not right to be partial in judgment.
He who says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”
Shall be cursed by peoples,
Damned by nations;
But it shall go well with them who decide justly;
Blessings of good things will light upon them.
Giving a straightforward reply
Is like giving a kiss.
Put your external affairs in order,
Get ready what you have in the field,
Then build yourself a home.
Do not be a witness against your fellow without good cause;
Would you mislead with your speech?
Do not say, “I will do to him what he did to me;
I will pay the man what he deserves.”
I passed by the field of a lazy man,
By the vineyard of a man lacking sense.
It was all overgrown with thorns;
Its surface was covered with chickweed,
And its stone fence lay in ruins.
I observed and took it to heart;
I saw it and learned a lesson.
A bit more sleep, a bit more slumber,
A bit more hugging yourself in bed,
And poverty will come bMeaning of Heb. uncertain.calling upon you,-b
And want, like a man with a shield.