1: Wine makes men foolish, and strong drink makes men come to blows; and whoever comes into error through these is not wise. 2: The wrath of a king is like the loud cry of a lion: he who makes him angry does wrong against himself. 3: It is an honour for a man to keep from fighting, but the foolish are ever at war. 4: The hater of work will not do his ploughing because of the winter; so at the time of grain-cutting he will be requesting food and will get nothing. 5: The purpose in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of good sense will get it out. 6: Most men make no secret of their kind acts: but where is a man of good faith to be seen? 7: An upright man goes on in his righteousness: happy are his children after him! 8: A king on the seat of judging puts to flight all evil with his eyes. 9: Who is able to say, I have made my heart clean, I am free from my sin? 10: Unequal weights and unequal measures, they are all disgusting to the Lord. 11: Even a child may be judged by his doings, if his work is free from sin and if it is right. 12: The hearing ear and the seeing eye are equally the Lord's work. 13: Do not be a lover of sleep, or you will become poor: keep your eyes open, and you will have bread enough. 14: A poor thing, a poor thing, says he who is giving money for goods: but when he has gone on his way, then he makes clear his pride in what he has got. 15: There is gold and a store of corals: but the lips of knowledge are a jewel of great price. 16: Take a man's clothing if he makes himself responsible for a strange man, and get an undertaking from him who gives his word for strange men. 17: Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but after, his mouth will be full of sand. 18: Every purpose is put into effect by wise help: and by wise guiding make war. 19: He who goes about talking of the business of others gives away secrets: so have nothing to do with him whose lips are open wide. 20: If anyone puts a curse on his father or his mother, his light will be put out in the blackest night. 21: A heritage may be got quickly at first, but the end of it will not be a blessing. 22: Do not say, I will give punishment for evil: go on waiting for the Lord, and he will be your saviour. 23: Unequal weights are disgusting to the Lord, and false scales are not good. 24: A man's steps are of the Lord; how then may a man have knowledge of his way? 25: It is a danger to a man to say without thought, It is holy, and, after taking his oaths, to be questioning if it is necessary to keep them. 26: A wise king puts evil-doers to flight, and makes their evil-doing come back on them. 27: The Lord keeps watch over the spirit of man, searching all the deepest parts of the body. 28: Mercy and good faith keep the king safe, and the seat of his power is based on upright acts. 29: The glory of young men is their strength, and the honour of old men is their grey hairs. 30: By the wounds of the rod evil is taken away, and blows make clean the deepest parts of the body.