1: Better is the poor man whose ways are upright, than the man of wealth whose ways are twisted. 2: Further, without knowledge desire is not good; and he who is over-quick in acting goes out of the right way. 3: By his foolish behaviour a man's ways are turned upside down, and his heart is bitter against the Lord. 4: Wealth makes a great number of friends; but the poor man is parted from his friend. 5: A false witness will not go without punishment, and the breather out of deceit will not go free. 6: Great numbers will make attempts to get the approval of a ruler: and every man is the special friend of him who has something to give. 7: All the brothers of the poor man are against him: how much more do his friends go far from him! ... 8: He who gets wisdom has love for his soul: he who keeps good sense will get what is truly good. 9: A false witness will not go without punishment, and the breather out of deceit will be cut off. 10: Material comfort is not good for the foolish; much less for a servant to be put over rulers. 11: A man's good sense makes him slow to wrath, and the overlooking of wrongdoing is his glory. 12: The king's wrath is like the loud cry of a lion, but his approval is like dew on the grass. 13: A foolish son is the destruction of his father; and the bitter arguments of a wife are like drops of rain falling without end. 14: House and wealth are a heritage from fathers, but a wife with good sense is from the Lord. 15: Hate of work sends deep sleep on a man: and he who has no industry will go without food. 16: He who keeps the law keeps his soul; but death will be the fate of him who takes no note of the word. 17: He who has pity on the poor gives to the Lord, and the Lord will give him his reward. 18: Give your son training while there is hope; let not your heart be purposing his death. 19: A man of great wrath will have to take his punishment: for if you get him out of trouble you will have to do it again. 20: Let your ear be open to suggestion and take teaching, so that at the end you may be wise. 21: A man's heart may be full of designs, but the purpose of the Lord is unchanging. 22: The ornament of a man is his mercy, and a poor man is better than one who is false. 23: The fear of the Lord gives life: and he who has it will have need of nothing; no evil will come his way. 24: The hater of work puts his hand deep into the basin, and will not even take it to his mouth again. 25: When blows overtake the man of pride, the simple will get sense; say sharp words to the wise, and knowledge will be made clear to him. 26: He who is violent to his father, driving away his mother, is a son causing shame and a bad name. 27: A son who no longer gives attention to teaching is turned away from the words of knowledge. 28: A good-for-nothing witness makes sport of the judge's decision: and the mouth of evil-doers sends out evil like a stream. 29: Rods are being made ready for the man of pride, and blows for the back of the foolish.