1 It is better to have quiet with a dry morsel of bread than a house full of feasting with strife.
2 A wise servant will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
3 The crucible is for silver and the furnace is for gold, but Yahweh tests hearts. 4 The evildoer pays attention to wicked lips; a liar gives ear to a destructive tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker and the one who rejoices at misfortune will not go unpunished. 6 Grandchildren are the crown of the aged and parents bring honor to their children.
7 Eloquent speech is not suitable for a fool; much less are lying lips suitable for a prince. 8 A bribe is like a magic stone to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
9 Whoever overlooks an offense seeks love, but the one who repeats a matter alienates close friends. 10 A rebuke goes deeper into a person who has understanding than a hundred blows go into a fool.
11 An evil person only seeks rebellion, so a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12 It is better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to meet a fool in his foolishness.
13 When someone returns evil for good, evil will never leave his house. 14 The beginning of conflict is like one who releases water everywhere, so walk away from the dispute before it has broken out.
15 The person who acquits the wicked person and the person who condemns the righteous person— both are an abomination to Yahweh. 16 Why should a fool pay money to learn about wisdom when he has no sense?
17 A friend is loving at all times and a brother is born for times of trouble. 18 A man having no sense makes binding promises and becomes responsible for his neighbor's debts.
19 Whoever loves conflict loves sin; whoever who raises his door seeks destruction. 20 A person who has a crooked heart finds nothing that is good; the one who has a perverse tongue falls into calamity.
21 Whoever is the parent of a fool brings grief to himself; and the father of a fool has no joy. 22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
23 A wicked man accepts a secret bribe to pervert the ways of justice. 24 The one who has understanding sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are set on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to the woman who bore him. 26 Also, it is never good to punish the righteous person; neither is it good to flog noble men who have integrity.
27 One who has knowledge uses few words and he who is cool of spirit has understanding. 28 Even a fool is thought to be wise if he keeps silent; when he keeps his mouth shut, he is considered to be intelligent.