12 To deliver you from the derech of the evil man, from the man that speaks perverted things;
13 Who leaves the halachot of uprightness, to have a halacha in the halachot of darkness;
14 Who rejoices to do evil and delights in the perversities of the wicked;
15 Whose halachot are crooked and are perverted in their halachot:
16 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the ger who flatters with her words.
17 Who forsakes the guide of her youth and forgets the brit of her Ahlohim.
18 For her bayit has sunken to death and her halachot to the dead.
19 None that go into her return again, neither do they retake hold of the halachot of chayim.
20 So walk in the derech of tov men and guard the paths of the tzadik.
21 For the upright shall dwell on the earth and the perfect shall remain in it.
22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
3 My son, forget not my Torah; but let your lev guard my mitzvoth:
2 For length of yamim and long chayim and shalom, shall they add to you.
3 Let not chesed and emet forsake you: bind them around your neck; write them upon the shulchan of your lev:
4 So shall you find chen and tov binah in the sight of Ahlohim and man.
5 Trust in YHUH with all your lev; and lean not to your own binah.
6 In all your derachot acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear YHUH and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to your flesh and marrow to your bones.
9 Honor YHUH with your substance and with the bikkurim of all your increase:
10 So shall your barns be filled with plenty and your presses shall burst out with new wine.
11 My son, despise not the chastening of YHUH; neither be weary of His correction:
12 For whom YHUH loves He corrects; even as an abba with the son in whom He delights.
13 Happy is the man that finds chochmah and the man that gains binah.
14 For its gain is better than the merchandise of silver and fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things you desire are not to be compared to her.
16 Length of yamim is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and kavod.
17 Her halachot are halachot of pleasantness and all her halachot are shalom.
18 She is the eytz chayim to them that take hold of her: and happy is everyone that takes hold of her.
19 YHUH by chochmah founded the earth; by binah has He established the shamayim.
20 By His da’at the depths are broken up and the clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son, let not them depart from your eyes: guard sound chochmah and discretion:
22 So shall they be chayim to your being and adornment to your neck.
23 Then shall you walk in your derech safely and your foot shall not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you shall not be afraid: yes, you shall lie down and your sleep shall be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes.
26 For YHUH shall be your confidence and shall guard your foot from being taken.
27 Withhold not any tov from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it.
28 Say not to your neighbor, Go and come again and tomorrow I will give, when you have his needs with you.
29 Plan no evil against your neighbor, seeing he dwells securely beside you.
30 Strive not with a man without reason, if he has done you no harm.
31 Envy not the oppressor and choose none of his halachot.
32 For the perverted are an abomination to YHUH: but His secret counsel is with the tzadikim.
33 The curse of YHUH is in the bayit of the wicked: but He gives brachot to the dwelling of the tzadik.
34 Surely He scorns the scorners: but He gives chen to the humble.
35 The wise shall inherit tifereth: but shame shall be the disgrace of fools.
4 Shema, you children of Yisrael, to the discipline of an abba and listen to know binah.
2 For I give you tov teaching, forsake not my Torah.
3 For I was my abba’s son, tender and the only beloved in the sight of my eema.
4 He taught me also and said to me, Let your lev retain my words: guard my mitzvoth and live.
5 Get chochmah, get binah: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not and she shall preserve you: love her and she shall guard you.
7 Chochmah is the main thing; therefore get chochmah: and with all your getting of things get binah.
8 Exalt her and she shall promote you: she shall bring you to kavod, when you do embrace her.
9 She shall give to your head an ornament of chen: a keter of tifereth shall she deliver to you.
10 Shema, O my son and receive my sayings; and the years of your chayim shall be many.
11 I have taught you in the derech of chochmah; I have led you in right halachot.
12 When you go, your steps shall not be hindered; and when you run, you shall not stumble.
13 Take firm hold of discipline; do not let her go: guard her; for she is your chayim.
14 Enter not into the derech of the wicked and go not in the derech of evil men.
15 Avoid it, do not pass by it, turn from it and pass on by it.
16 For they do not sleep, except they have first done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they first cause someone to fall.
17 For they eat the lechem of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the derech of the tzadik is as the shining ohr, that shines more and more until the perfect yom of the olam haba.
19 The derech of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 My son, pay attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from your eyes; guard them in the midst of your lev.
22 For they are chayim to those that find them and health to all their flesh.
23 Guard your lev with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of chayim.
24 Put away from you a perverted mouth and perverted lips put far from you.
25 Let your eyes look right on and let your eyelids look straight before you.
26 Ponder the derech of your feet and let all your derachot be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove your foot from evil.
5 My son, listen to my chochmah and bow your ear to my binah:
2 That you may regard discretion and that your lips may guard da’at.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as a honeycomb and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on Sheol
6 She does not ponder the derech of chayim, her courses are unstable, that you cannot know them.
7 Shema to me now therefore, O you children of Yisrael and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove your derech far from her and come not near the door of her bayit:
9 Lest you give up your kavod to others and your years to the cruel:
10 Lest gerim be filled with your strength; and your labors be in the bayit of a ger;
11 And you shall have remorse in your old age, when your flesh and your gooff are consumed,
12 And say, How have I hated discipline and my lev despised correction;
13 And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ears to those that instructed me!
14 I was almost in every kind of evil in the midst of the kehilla.
15 Drink mayim out of your own cistern and running mayim out of your own well.
16 Let your fountains be dispersed abroad and rivers of mayim in the streets.
17 Let them be only your own and not gerim with you.
18 Let your fountain be blessed: and gilah with the isha of your youth.
19 Let her be as the loving deer and pleasant har roe; let her breasts satisfy you at all times; and be captivated always by her ahava.
20 And why will you, my son, be misled with a strange woman and embrace the bosom of a ger?
21 For the halachot of men are before the eyes of YHUH and He ponders their entire goings.
22 His own iniquities shall take away the wicked himself and he shall be held with the cords of his own sins.
23 He shall die without discipline; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.
6 My son, if you are a guarantor for your chaver, if you have shaken your hand with a ger,
2 You are trapped with the words of your mouth, you are taken with the words of your mouth.
3 Do this now, my son, deliver yourself, when you are come into the hand of your chaver; go, humble yourself and urge your chaver.
4 Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.
5 Deliver yourself as a gazelle from the hand of the hunter and as a bird from the hand of the trapper.
6 Go to the ant, you lazy one; consider her halachot and be wise:
7 They have no guide, overseer, or ruler, yet she;
8 Provides her food in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest.
9 How long will you sleep, O lazy one? When will you arise out of your sleep?
10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11 And then poverty will come upon you and distress will overtake you.
12 A man of Beliyaal, a wicked man, walks with a perverted mouth.
13 He winks with his eyes, he speaks with his feet, he points with his fingers;
14 Perversity is in his lev, he devises mischief continually; he sows discord.
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
16 These six things does YHUH hate: yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent dahm,
18 A lev that plans wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaks lies and he that sows discord among brothers.
20 My son, guard your abba’s commandment and forsake not the Torah of your eema:
21 Bind them continually upon your lev and tie them around your neck.
22 When you move about, it shall lead you; when you sleep, it shall guard you; and when you awake, it shall talk with you.
23 For the mitzvah is a lamp; and the Torah is ohr; and reproofs of discipline are the derech of chayim:
24 To guard you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
25 Lust not after her beauty in your lev; neither let her take you with her eyelids.
26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of lechem: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious chayim.
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not get burned?
28 Can one walk upon hot coals and his feet not be burned?
29 So he that goes in to his neighbor’s isha; whosoever touches her shall not be innocent.
30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy his being when he is hungry;
31 But if he is caught, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his bayit.
32 But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks binah; he that does so, destroys his own being.
33 A wound and dishonor shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy enrages a man: therefore he will not spare in the yom of vengeance.
35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though you give him many bribes.
7 My son, guard my words and treasure my mitzvoth with you.
2 Keep my mitzvoth and live; and my Torah as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them upon your fingers; write them upon the shulchan of your lev.
4 Say to chochmah, You are my sister; and call binah your counselor:
5 That they may guard you from the strange woman, from the ger who flatters with her words.
6 For at the window of my bayit I looked through my lattice,
7 And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of binah,
8 Passing through the street near her corner; and he went on the derech to her bayit,
9 In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark lyla:
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of a harlot and a subtle lev.
11 She is loud and stubborn; her feet do not stay in her bayit:
12 Now is she outside, in the streets and lies in wait at every corner.
13 So she caught him and kissed him and with a hardened face said to him,
14 I have shalom offerings with me; this yom have I paid my vows.
15 Therefore I came forth to meet you, diligently to seek your face and I have found you.
16 I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Mitzrayim.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of ahava until the boker: let us delight ourselves with ahava.
19 For my husband is not at home, he is gone on a long journey:
20 He has taken a bag of money with him and will come home on the yom of the renewal-keseh.
21 With her many words she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she seduces him.
22 He goes after her immediately, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the prison;
23 Until a dart strikes through his liver; as a bird rushing to the trap that did not know it would take his chayim.
24 Shema to me now, O you children of Yisrael and pay attention to the words of my mouth.
25 Let not your lev sink down to her halachot, go not astray in her halachot.
26 For she has cast down many wounded: yes, many strong men have been slain by her.
27 Her bayit is the derech of Sheol, going down to the rooms of death.
8 Does not chochmah call? And binah lift her voice?
2 She stands in the top of the heights; between the paths she has taken her stand.
3 She utters at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.
4 To you, O men, I call; and My voice is to the sons of men.
5 O you simple, understand chochmah: and, you fools, be of a binah lev.
6 Shema; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of My lips shall be right things.
7 For My mouth shall speak emet; and wickedness is an abomination to My lips.
8 All the words of My mouth are in tzedakah; there is nothing perverted, or perverse in them.
9 They are all plain to him that understands and right to them that find da’at.
10 Receive My discipline and not silver; and da’at rather than choice gold.
11 For chochmah is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
12 I, chochmah, dwell with insight and find out da’at and foresight.
13 The fear of YHUH is to hate evil pride and arrogance and the evil derech and the perverted mouth, that do I hate.
14 Counsel is Mine and sound chochmah: I AM binah; I have strength.
15 By Me melechim reign and rulers decree tzedakah.
16 By Me rulers rule and nobles, even all the shophtim of the earth.
17 I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me.
18 Riches and kavod are with Me; yes, durable riches and tzedakah.
19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold; and My revenue than choice silver.
20 I lead in the derech of tzedakah, in the midst of the paths of mishpat:
21 That I may cause those that love Me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.
22 YHUH possessed Me in the beginning of His derech, before His works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, before the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with mayim.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26 While as yet He had not made the earth, or the fields, or the highest part of the dust of the olam.
27 When He prepared the shamayim, I was there: when He set a compass upon the face of the depth:
28 When He established the clouds above: when He strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29 When He gave to the sea His decree, that the mayim should not pass His commandment: when He appointed the foundations of the earth:
30 Then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him: and I was daily His delight, having gilah always before Him;
31 Having gilah in the habitable part of His earth; and My delights were with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore listen to Me, O you children of Yisrael: for blessed are they that shomer My halachot.
33 Hear discipline and be wise and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that listens to Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors.
35 For whoever finds Me finds chayim and shall obtain chen from YHUH.
36 But he that sins against Me wrongs his own being: all they that hate Me love death.
9 Chochmah has built her bayit; she has cut out its seven pillars:
2 She has killed her beasts; she has mixed her wine; she has also furnished her shulchan.
3 She has sent forth her young women: she utters from the highest places of the city,
4 Who is simple, let him turn in here: as for him that wants binah, she says to him,
5 Come, eat of my lechem and drink of the wine that I have mixed.
6 Forsake the foolish and live; and go in the derech of binah.
7 He that reproves a scorner gets to himself shame: and he that rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blot.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you: rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
9 Give discipline to a wise man and he will be yet wiser: teach a tzadik man and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of YHUH is the beginning of chochmah: and the da’at of the Kadosh-One is binah.
11 For by Me your yamim shall be multiplied and the years of your chayim shall be increased.
12 If you are wise, you shall be wise for yourself: but if you scorn, you alone shall bear it.
13 A foolish woman is loud: she is simple and knows nothing.
14 For she sits at the door of her bayit, on a seat in the high places of the city,
15 To call passengers who go right on their paths:
16 Whoever is simple, let him turn in here: and as for him that lacks binah, she says to him,
17 Stolen mayim are sweet and lechem eaten in secret is pleasant.
18 But he knows not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
10 The Mishle of Shlomo. A wise son makes an abba have gilah: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his eema.
2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but tzedakah delivers from death.
3 YHUH will not allow the being of the tzadik to hunger: but He casts away the substance of the wicked.
4 The poor deals with a lazy hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich.
5 He that gathers in summer is a wise son: but he that sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame.
6 Blessings are upon the head of the tzadik: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
7 The memory of the tzadik is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
8 The wise in lev will receive mitzvoth: but the one with foolish lips shall fall.
9 He that has a pure walk, walks safely: but he that perverts his derech shall be known.
10 He that winks with the eye causes sorrow: but the one with foolish lips shall fall.
11 The mouth of a tzadik man is a well of chayim: but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.
12 Hatred stirs up strife: but ahava covers all sins.
13 In the lips of him that has binah chochmah is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of binah.
14 Wise men lay up da’at: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
16 The labor of the tzadik is for chayim: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
17 He is already in the derech of chayim that heeds discipline: but he that refuses correction goes astray.
18 He that hides hatred with lying lips and he that utters slander, is a fool.
19 In the multitude of words sin is never absent: but he that refrains his lips is wise.
20 The tongue of the tzadik is as choice silver: the lev of the wicked is worth little.
21 The lips of the tzadik feed many: but fools die for want of chochmah.
22 The blessing of YHUH makes rich and He adds no sorrow with it.
23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of binah has chochmah.
24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the tzadik shall be granted.
25 As the whirlwind passes, so is the wicked no more: but the tzadik is an everlasting foundation.
26 As vinegar to the teeth and as smoke to the eyes, so is the lazy one to them that send him.
27 The fear of YHUH prolongs yamim: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
28 The tikvah of the tzadik shall be simcha: but the tikvah of the wicked shall perish.
29 The derech of YHUH is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of Torah-less-ness.
30 The tzadik shall never be shaken: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.
31 The mouth of the tzadik brings forth chochmah: but the perverted tongue shall be cut out.
32 The lips of the tzadik know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaks perversities.
11 A false balance is abomination to YHUH: but a tzadik weight is His delight.
2 When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the humble is chochmah.
3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them: but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
4 Riches profit not in the yom of anger: but tzedakah delivers from death.
5 The tzedakah of the perfect shall direct his derech: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
6 The tzedakah of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken away by their greed.
7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish: and the tikvah of unjust men perishes.
8 The tzadik is delivered out of trouble and the wicked comes to his place.
9 A hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor: but through da’at shall the tzadik be delivered.
10 When it goes well with the tzadik, the city rejoices: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted: but the mouth of the wicked overthrows it.
12 He that is void of chochmah despises his neighbor: but a man of binah holds his silence.
13 A slanderer reveals secrets: but he that is of a faithful ruach conceals the matter.
14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsels there is safety.
15 He that is guarantor for a ger shall suffer for it: and he that hates shaking hands in pledge is safe.
16 A gracious woman retains kavod: and strong men retain riches.
17 The merciful man does tov to his own being: but he that is cruel troubles his own flesh.
18 The wicked works a deceitful work: but to him that sows tzedakah shall be a sure reward.
19 As tzedakah leads to chayim: so he that pursues evil pursues it to his own death.
20 They that are of a perverted lev are an abomination to YHUH: but such as are upright in their derech are His delight.
21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the zera of the tzadik shall be delivered.
22 As a jewel of gold in a pig’s snout, so is a beautiful woman who is without discretion.
23 The desire of the tzadik is only tov: but the tikvah of the wicked is anger.
24 There is one that scatters and yet increases; and there is one that withholds more than is right, but it leads to poverty.
25 The generous being shall be enriched: and he that waters shall be watered also himself.
26 He that withholds grain, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that sells it.
27 He that diligently seeks tov obtains unmerited chen: but he that seeks mischief, it shall come to him.
28 He that trusts in his riches shall fall: but the tzadik shall flourish as a branch.
29 He that troubles his own bayit shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be eved to the wise of lev.
30 The fruit of the tzadik is an eytz chayim; and he that wins beings is wise.
31 Behold, the tzadik shall be repaid in the earth: how much more the wicked and the sinner!
12 Whoever loves discipline loves da’at: but he that hates correction is stupid.
2 A tov man obtains the chen of YHUH: but a man of wicked devices will He condemn.
3 A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the tzadik shall not be moved.
4 A virtuous woman is a keter to her husband: but she that makes him ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.
5 The thoughts of the tzadik are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit.
6 The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for dahm: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more: but the bayit of the tzadik shall stand.
8 A man shall be commended according to his chochmah: but he that is of a perverse lev shall be despised.
9 He that is despised and has an eved, is better than he that honors himself and lacks lechem.
10 A tzadik man regards the chayim of his beast: but the rachamim of the wicked is cruel.
11 He that tills his land shall be satisfied with lechem: but he that follows vain pursuits is void of binah.
12 The wicked desires the net of evil men: but the root of the tzadik yields fruit.
13 The wicked is trapped by the transgression of his lips: but the tzadik shall come out of trouble.
14 A man shall be satisfied with tov by the fruit of his mouth: and the reward of a man’s hands shall be given back to him.
15 The derech of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that listens to counsel is wise.
16 A fool’s anger is presently known: but a clever man covers shame.
17 He that speaks emet shows forth tzedakah: but a false witness deceit.
18 Rash speaking is like the piercing of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
19 The lip of emet shall be established le-olam-va-ed: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the lev of them that imagine evil: but the counselors of shalom, have simcha.
21 There shall no evil happen to the tzadik: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to YHUH: but they that deal truly are His delight.
23 A clever man conceals da’at: but the lev of fools proclaims foolishness.
24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the lazy shall be under compulsory labor.
25 Heaviness in the lev of man makes him depressed: but a tov word makes it have simcha.
26 The tzadik is more excellent than his neighbor: but the derech of the wicked seduces them.
27 The lazy man roasts not that which he took in hunting: but the possessions of a diligent man are precious.
28 In the derech of tzedakah is chayim; and in that pathway there is no death.
13 A wise son hears his abba’s discipline: but a scorner hears not rebuke.
2 A man shall eat tov by the fruit of his mouth: but the being of the transgressors shall eat violence.
3 He that guards his mouth guards his chayim: but he that opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
4 The being of the lazy one desires and has nothing: but the being of the diligent shall be made rich.
5 A tzadik man hates lying: but a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.
6 Tzedakah guards him that is upright in the derech: but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
7 There is one that makes himself rich, yet has nothing: there is one that makes himself poor, yet has great riches.
8 The ransom of a man’s chayim are his riches: but the poor hears not rebuke.
9 The ohr of the tzadik has gilah: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10 By pride comes only contention: but chochmah is with those who take advice.
11 Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathers by labor shall increase.
12 Tikvah deferred makes the lev sick: but when the desire comes, it is an eytz chayim.
13 He who despises the word shall be destroyed: but he that fears the mitzvah shall be rewarded.
14 The Torah of the wise is a fountain of chayim, to depart from the traps of death.
15 Tov binah gives chen: but the derech of transgressors is hard.
16 Every clever man deals with da’at: but a fool lays open his folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is a healing.
18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuses discipline: but he that regards correction shall be honored.
19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the being: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
20 He that has his walk with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
21 Evil pursues sinners: but to the tzadik tov shall be repaid.
22 A tov man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the tzadik.
23 Much food is in the tillable ground of the poor: but lack of mishpat sweeps it away.
24 He that spares his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chastens him diligently.
25 The tzadik eats to the satisfying of his being: but the belly of the wicked shall have lack.
14 Every wise woman builds her bayit: but the foolish breaks it down with her hands.
2 He that walks in his uprightness fears YHUH: but he that is perverse in his halachot despises Him.
3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
4 Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase comes from the strength of the ox.
5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
6 A scorner seeks chochmah and finds it not: but da’at is easy to him that understands.
7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you perceive not in him the lips of da’at.
8 The chochmah of the clever is to understand His derech: but the folly of fools is deceit.
9 Fools make a mockery of sin: but among the tzadik there is chen.
10 The lev knows its own bitterness; and a ger does not share its simcha.
11 The bayit of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the sukkah of the upright shall flourish.
12 There is a derech that seems right to a man, but the ends of it are the derachot of death.
13 Even in laughter the lev is in pain; and the end of that simcha is heaviness.
14 The backslider in lev shall be filled with his own halachot: but a tov man shall be satisfied from within.
15 The simple believes every word: but the clever man looks carefully at all his steps.
16 A wise man fears and departs from evil: but the fool rages and is confident.
17 He that is quick to be angry deals foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
18 The simple inherit folly: but the clever are crowned with da’at.
19 The evil man bows before the tov; and the wicked man at the gates of the tzadik.
20 The poor is hated even by his own neighbor: but the rich has many chaverim.
21 He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has rachamim on the poor is blessed.
22 Do they not go astray that devise evil? But rachamim and emet shall be for them that devise tov.
23 In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips leads only to poverty.
24 The keter of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.
25 A emet witness delivers beings: but a deceitful witness speaks lies.
26 In the fear of YHUH is strong confidence: and His children in Yisrael shall have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of YHUH is a fountain of chayim, to depart from the traps of death.
28 In the multitude of the nation is the melech’s kavod: but by the lack of the nation rulership is broken.
29 He that is slow to anger is of great binah: but he that is hasty of ruach exalts folly.
30 A sound lev is the chayim of the flesh: but jealousy the rottenness of the bones.
31 He that oppresses the poor reproaches His Maker: but he that honors Him has rachamim on the poor.
32 The wicked is taken away in his wickedness: but the tzadik has tikvah in his death.
33 Chochmah rests in the lev of him that has binah: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
34 Tzedakah exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach that diminishes any people.
35 The melech’s chen is toward a wise eved: but his anger is against him that causes shame.
15 A soft answer turns away anger: but harsh words stir up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise uses da’at right: but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.
3 The eyes of YHUH are in every place, beholding the evil and the tov.
4 A wholesome tongue is an eytz chayim: but perverseness of tongue crushes the ruach.
5 A fool despises his abba’s discipline: but he that regards correction is clever.
6 In the bayit of the tzadik is much treasure: but the income of the wicked is trouble.
7 The lips of the wise disperse da’at: but the lev of the foolish does not do so.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to YHUH: but the tefillah of the upright is His delight.
9 The derech of the wicked is an abomination to YHUH: but He loves him that follows after tzedakah.
10 Correction will be harsh to him that forsakes the derech: and he that hates correction shall die.
11 Sheol and destruction are before YHUH: how much more the levavot of the children of Yisrael and of men?
12 A scorner loves not one that reproves him: neither will he go to the wise.
13 A lev of simcha makes a cheerful face: but by sorrow of the lev the ruach is crushed.
14 The lev of him that has binah seeks da’at: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
15 All the yamim of the afflicted are evil: but he that has a lev of simcha has a continual moed.
16 Better is little with the fear of YHUH than great treasure with trouble.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where ahava is, than a fatted calf where hatred is.
18 An angry man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.
19 The derech of the lazy man is as a hedge of thorns: but the derech of the tzadik is a highway.
20 A wise son makes an abba have gilah: but a foolish man despises his eema.
21 Folly is simcha to him that is destitute of chochmah: but a man of binah walks uprightly.
22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
23 A man has simcha by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how tov is it!
24 The derech of chayim leads upward to the wise that he may depart from Sheol beneath.
25 YHUH will destroy the bayit of the proud: but He will establish the border of the widow.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to YHUH: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
27 He that is greedy of unjust gain troubles his own bayit; but he that hates bribes shall live.
28 The lev of the tzadik studies how to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
29 YHUH is far from the wicked: but He hears the tefillah of the tzadik.
30 The ohr of the eyes brings gilah in the lev: and a tov report gives marrow to the bones.
31 The ear that hears the correction of chayim stays among the wise.
32 He that refuses discipline despises his own being: but he that hears correction gets binah.
33 The fear of YHUH is the discipline of chochmah; and before kavod is humility.
16 The preparations of the lev belong to man, but the answer of the tongue, is from YHUH.
2 All the halachot of a man are clean in his own eyes; but YHUH weighs the ruachim.
3 Commit your mitzvoth to YHUH and your thoughts shall be established.
4 YHUH has made all things for Himself: yes, even the wicked for the yom of evil.
5 Everyone that is proud in lev is an abomination to YHUH: though evil joins in hand with others, it shall not be unpunished.
6 By rachamim and emet iniquity is purged: and by the fear of YHUH men depart from evil.
7 When a man’s halachot please YHUH, He makes even his enemies to be at shalom with him.
8 Better is a little with tzedakah than great income without right-ruling.
9 A man’s lev plans his own derech: but YHUH directs his steps.
10 An oath is on the lips of the melech: his mouth transgresses not in mishpat.
11 A tzadik weight and balance are YHUH ’s: all the weights of the bag are His work.
12 It is an abomination for melechim to commit wickedness: for the kesay is established by tzedakah.
13 Tzadik lips are the delight of melechim; and they love him that speaks what is right.
14 The anger of a melech is as a messenger of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
15 In the ohr of the melech’s face is chayim; and his chen is as a cloud of the latter malchut-rain.
16 How much better is it to get chochmah than gold! And to get binah rather than to choose silver!
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that guards his derech preserves his being.
18 Pride goes before destruction and a haughty ruach before a fall.
19 Better it is to be of a humble ruach with the humble, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He that handles a matter wisely shall find tov: and whoever trusts in YHUH, happy is he.
21 The wise in lev shall be called clever: and the sweetness of the lips increases learning.
22 Binah is a wellspring of chayim to him that has it: but the discipline of fools is folly.
23 The lev of the wise teaches his mouth and adds learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the being and health to the bones.
25 There is a derech that seems right to a man, but the ends of it are the derachot of death.
26 He that labors; labors for himself; for his mouth drives him on.
27 A worthless man digs up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
28 A perverted man sows strife: and a whisperer separates best chaverim.
29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him into the derech that is not tov.
30 He shuts his eyes to devise perverted things: moving his lips he brings evil to pass.
31 The gray hair is a keter of tifereth, if it be found in the derech of tzedakah.
32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules over his ruach than he that takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap; but every decision by it is of YHUH.
17 Better is a dry morsel of lechem, with rest, than a bayit full of offerings with strife.
2 A wise eved shall have rule over a son that causes shame and shall have part of the inheritance among the brothers.
3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold: but YHUH tries the levavot.
4 An evil-doer gives heed to false lips; and a liar gives ear to a nasty tongue.
5 Whoever mocks the poor reproaches His Maker: and he that has gilah at calamities shall not be unpunished.
6 Grandchildren are the keter of old men; and the tifereth of the children in Yisrael are their ahvot.
7 Excellent speech does not fit a fool: much less do lying lips befit a sar.
8 A bribe is as a precious stone in the eyes of its owner: wherever it turns, it prospers for him.
9 He that covers a transgression seeks ahava; but he that repeats a matter separates chaverim.
10 A correction enters more into a wise man than a hundred stripes into a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.
12 Let a bereaved bear meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever rewards evil for tov, evil shall not depart from his bayit.
14 The beginning of strife is like the releasing of mayim: therefore stop a fight before it breaks forth.
15 He that justifies the wicked and he that condemns the tzadik, both are abominations to YHUH.
16 What tov is wealth in the hands of a fool who has no desire to get chochmah?
17 A chaver loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man void of binah shakes hands in a pledge and becomes a guarantor in the presence of his chaver.
19 He loves transgression that loves strife: and he that exalts his gate seeks destruction.
20 He that has a perverted lev finds no tov: and he that has a perverse tongue falls into mischief.
21 He that brings forth a fool does it to his sorrow: and The Abba of a fool has no simcha.
22 A lev of simcha does tov like medicine: but a broken ruach dries the bones.
23 A wicked man takes a bribe behind the back to pervert the halachot of mishpat.
24 Chochmah is before him that has binah; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his abba and bitterness to her that bore him.
26 Also to punish the tzadik is not tov, nor to smite leaders for speaking emet.
27 He that has da’at spares his words: and a man of binah is of an excellent ruach.
28 Even a fool, when he holds his shalom, is counted as wise: and he that shuts his lips is regarded as a man of binah.
18 The inactive separatist seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound chochmah.
2 A fool has no delight in binah, but only in revealing his lev.
3 When the wicked man comes, then comes also shame, disfavor and iniquity.
4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep mayim and the wellspring of chochmah as a flowing brook.
5 It is not tov to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the tzadik in mishpat.
6 A fool’s lips enter into contention and his mouth calls for blows.
7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction and his lips are the trap of his being.
8 The words of a slanderer are as wounds and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
9 He also that is lazy in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
10 The Name of YHUH is a strong tower: the tzadik runs into it and is safe.
11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, like a high wall in his own conceit.
12 Before destruction the lev of man is haughty and before kavod is humility.
13 He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.
14 The ruach of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a crushed ruach who can bear?
15 The lev of the clever gets da’at; and the ear of the wise seeks da’at.
16 A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.
17 He that is first in his own cause seems tzadik; until another comes and examines him.
18 The lot causes contentions to cease and separates between the mighty.
19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and chayim are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit of it.
22 Whoever finds an isha finds a tov thing and obtains chen from YHUH.
23 The poor beseeches; but the rich answers roughly.
24 A man that has chaverim must show himself friendly: and there is a chaver that sticks closer than a brother.
19 Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips and is a fool.
2 Also, desire without da’at, it is not tov; and he that rushes in with his feet sins.
3 The foolishness of man perverts his derech: and his lev is angry against YHUH.
4 Wealth makes many chaverim; but the poor is separated from his neighbor.
5 A false witness shall not be unpunished and he that speaks lies shall not escape.
6 Many will entreat the chen of the sar: and every man is a chaver to him that gives bribes.
7 All the brothers of the poor do hate him: how much more do his chaverim go far from him? He pursues them with words, yet they are gone.
8 He that gets chochmah loves his own being: he that guards binah shall find tov.
9 A false witness shall not be unpunished and he that speaks lies shall perish.
10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool; much less for an eved to have rule over rulers.
11 The discretion of a man makes him patient; and it is to his tifereth to overlook a transgression.
12 The melech’s anger is as the roaring of a lion; but his chen is as dew upon the grass.
13 A foolish son is the calamity of his abba: and the contentions of an isha are like continual drippings through the roof.
14 House and riches are the inheritance of ahvot and a clever isha is from YHUH.
15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep; and an idle being shall suffer hunger.
16 He that guards the commandment guards his own being; but he that despises His halachot shall die.
17 He that has pity upon the poor lends to YHUH; and that which he has given will be repaid to him again.
18 Discipline your son while there is tikvah and let not your being be set on his destruction.
19 A man of great anger shall suffer punishment: for if you deliver him, you will have to do so again.
20 Shema to counsel and receive discipline, that you may be wise in your latter end.
21 There are many plans in a man’s lev; nevertheless the counsel of YHUH shall stand.
22 What is desirable in a man is his chesed: and a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of YHUH leads to chayim: and he that has it shall stay satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24 A lazy man hides his hand in his bosom and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Beat a scorner and the simple will be wary: and reprove one that has binah and he will understand da’at.
26 He that plunders his abba and chases away his eema, is a son that causes shame and brings reproach.
27 Cease, my son Yisrael, to hear the discipline that causes you to go astray from the words of da’at.
28 A worthless witness despises mishpat: and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.
29 Mishpatim are in store for scorners and stripes for the back of fools.
20 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler: and whosoever is deceived by it is not wise.
2 The fear of a melech is as the roaring of a lion: whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own being.
3 It is for esteem for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
4 The lazy one will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest and have nothing.
5 Counsel in the lev of man is like deep mayim; but a man of binah will draw it out.
6 Most men will proclaim every one his own virtues: but a faithful man who can find?
7 The tzadik man walks in his own integrity: his children in Yisrael are blessed after him.
8 A melech that sits on the kesay of mishpat scatters away all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, I have made my lev clean, I am pure from my sin?
10 Different weights and different measures, both of them are an abomination to YHUH.
11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work is pure, or whether it is right.
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,YHUH has made both of them.
13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes and you shall be satisfied with lechem.
14 It is nothing, it is nothing, says the buyer: but when he is gone his derech, then he boasts.
15 There is gold and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of da’at are a precious jewel.
16 Take his garment that is guarantor for a ger: and take it as a pledge when it is for foreigners.
17 Lechem gained by deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with tov advice war can be waged.
19 He that goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets: therefore do not associate with him that flatters with his lips.
20 Whoever curses his abba, or his eema, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
21 An inheritance may be gotten with quick greed at the beginning; but the end of it shall not be blessed.
22 Do not say, I will repay the evil; but wait on YHUH and He shall save you.
23 Divers weights are an abomination to YHUH; and a false balance is not tov.
24 Man’s steps are from YHUH; what then does a man understand about his own derech?
25 It is a trap to the man who devours that which is kadosh and afterwards vows to make inquiry.
26 A wise melech scatters the wicked and turns the wheel over them.
27 The ruach of man is the lamp of YHUH, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
28 Chesed and emet preserve the melech: and his kesay is upheld by rachamim.
29 The tifereth of young men is their strength: and the tifereth of old men is their gray head.
30 The wounds of a blow clean away evil: so do stripes to the inward parts of the lev.
21 The melech’s lev is in the Hand of YHUH, as with the rivers of mayim: He turns it wherever He desires.
2 Every derech of a man is right in his own eyes: but YHUH ponders the levavot.
3 To do tzedakah and mishpat is more acceptable to YHUH than sacrifice.
4 A high look and a proud lev and the work of the wicked, is sin.
5 The thoughts of the diligent lead only to plenty; but the rash haste only to lack.
6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro by those that seek death.
7 The spoil of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do mishpat.
8 The derech of a guilty man is perverted and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide bayit.
10 The being of the wicked desires evil: his neighbor finds no chen in his eyes.
11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receives da’at.
12 The tzadik man wisely considers the bayit of the wicked: but Ahlohim overthrows the wicked for their wickedness.
13 Whoever shuts his ears at the call of the poor, he also shall call himself, but shall not be heard.
14 A bribe in secret pacifies anger: and a bribe in the bosom strong anger.
15 It is simcha to the tzadik to do mishpat: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
16 The man that wanders out of the derech of binah shall remain in the kehilla of the dead.
17 He that loves pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loves wine and oil shall not be rich.
18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the tzadik and the transgressor for the upright.
19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman.
20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man swallows it up.
21 He that follows after tzedakah and rachamim finds chayim, tzedakah and kavod.
22 A wise man climbs the city of the mighty and casts down the strength of its confidence.
23 Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue guards his being from troubles.
24 The proud and haughty, Scorner is his name, who deals in proud anger.
25 The desire of the lazy kills him; for his hands refuse to labor.
26 He covets with greed all the yom long: but the tzadik gives and spares not.
27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind?
28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that hears and obeys speaks emet.
29 A wicked man hardens his face: but as for the upright, he is established in his derech.
30 There is no chochmah, or binah, or counsel that can stand against YHUH.
31 The horse is prepared for the yom of battle: but emet safety is of YHUH.
22 A tov name is rather to be chosen than great riches and loving chen rather than silver and gold.
2 The rich and poor meet together: YHUH is the Maker of them all.
3 A clever man foresees the evil and hides himself: but the simple pass on and are punished.
4 By humility and the fear of YHUH are riches and kavod and chayim.
5 Thorns and traps are in the derech of the perverted: he that guards his being shall be far from them.
6 Train up a child in the derech he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
7 The rich rules over the poor and the borrower is eved to the lender.
8 He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger perishes.
9 He that has a tov generous eye shall be blessed; for he gives of his lechem to the poor.
10 Cast out the scorner and contention shall go out; yes, strife and reproach shall cease.
11 He that loves pureness of lev, whose speech is clean, the melech shall be his chaver.
12 The eyes of YHUH preserve da’at and He overthrows the words of the transgressor.
13 The lazy man says, There is a lion outside, I shall be slain in the streets.
14 The mouth of strange women are a deep pit: he that is denounced by YHUH shall fall in it.
15 Foolishness resides in the lev of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
16 He that oppresses the poor to increase his own riches and he that gives to the rich, shall surely come to poverty.
17 Bow down your ear and hear the words of the wise and apply your lev to my da’at.
18 For it is a pleasant thing if you guard them inside you; they shall all be ready on your lips.
19 That your trust may be in YHUH, I have caused you to know these things today, even to you.
20 Have not I written to you excellent things in counsel and da’at,
21 That I might make you know the certainty of the words of emet; that you might answer with words of emet to them that are sent to you?
22 Rob not the poor because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
23 For YHUH will plead their cause and plunder the being of those that plundered them.
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man you shall not go:
25 Lest you learn his halachot and get yourself trapped.
26 Be not one of them that shakes hands, or of those that are guarantors for debts.
27 If you have nothing to pay, why should they take away your bed from under you?
28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which your ahvot have set.
29 Do you see a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before melechim; he shall not stand before the obscure.
23 When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you:
2 And put a knife to your throat, if you are a man given to appetite.
3 Do not desire his delicacies: for they are deceitful food.
4 Labor not to be rich: cease from your own chochmah.
5 Will you set your eyes upon that which is nothing? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards the shamayim.
6 Eat not the lechem of him that has an evil eye, neither desire his food delicacies:
7 For as he thinks in his lev, so is he: Eat and drink, he says to you; but his lev is not with you.
8 The piece which you have eaten shall you vomit up and lose your sweet words.
9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the chochmah of your words.
10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
11 For their Redeemer is mighty; He shall plead their cause with you.
12 Apply your lev to discipline and your ears to the words of da’at.
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if you correct him with the rod, he shall not die.
14 You shall correct him with the rod and shall deliver his being from Sheol.
15 My son, if your lev is wise, my lev shall gilah, even I.
16 Yes, my mind shall gilah, when your lips speak right things.
17 Let not your lev be jealous of sinners: but be in the fear of YHUH all yom long.
18 For surely there is an end to all things; and your expectation shall not be cut off.
19 Shema, my son and be wise and guide your lev in the derech.
20 Be not among heavy drinkers; among gluttonous eaters of meat:
21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and slumber shall clothe a man with rags.
22 Shema to your abba that brought you forth and do not despise your eema when she is old.
23 Buy the emet and sell it not; also chochmah and discipline and binah.
24 The Abba of the tzadik shall greatly gilah: and he that brings forth a wise child shall have simcha from him.
25 Your abba and your eema shall be in simcha and she that bore you shall gilah.
26 My son, give me your lev and let your eyes observe my halachot.
27 For a whore is like a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
28 She also lies in wait as for a prey and increases the transgressors among the men of Yisrael.
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
30 They that stay long drinking wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
31 Look not upon the wine when it is red, when it gives its color in the cup, when it flows smoothly.
32 In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder.
33 When your eyes shall behold strange women, your lev shall utter perverse things.
34 Yes, you shall be as he that lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lies upon the top of a mast.
35 They have smote me and I was not sick; they have beaten me and I felt it not: when I shall awake, I will seek it yet again.
24 Be not envious of evil men, neither desire to be with them.
2 For their lev studies destruction and their lips talk of mischief.
3 Through chochmah is the bayit built; and by binah it is established:
4 And by da’at shall the rooms be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong; yes, a man of da’at increases strength.
6 For by wise counsel you shall make war: and in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
7 Chochmah is too high for a fool: he opens not his mouth in the gate.
8 He that plans to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
9 The purpose of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
10 If you faint in the yom of adversity, your strength is small.
11 Deliver them that are drawn to death and redeem those that are ready to be slain;
12 If you say, Behold, we did not know; does not He that ponders the lev consider it? And He that guards your being, does He not know it? And shall not He repay to every man according to his works?
13 My son, eat honey because it is tov; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to your taste:
14 So shall the da’at of chochmah be to your being: when you have found it, then there shall be a reward and your tikvah shall not be cut off.
15 Lay not in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the tzadik; spoil not his resting place:
16 For a tzadik man falls seven times and rises up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
17 Gilah not when your enemy falls and let not your lev be in simcha when he stumbles:
18 Lest YHUH see it and it displeases Him and He turn away His anger from him.
19 Do not concern yourself because of evil men, neither be envious of the wicked;
20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
21 My son, fear YHUH and the melech: and meddle not with them that are given to change:
22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knows the ruin of them both?
23 These things also belong to the wise. It is not tov to show partiality in mishpat.
24 He that says to the wicked, You are tzadik; the people shall curse, goyim shall abhor him:
25 But to them that rebuke him shall be delight and a tov blessing shall come upon them.
26 Every man shall kiss his lips when a mishpat is given in answer.
27 Prepare your work outside and make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterwards build your bayit.
28 Be not a witness against your neighbor without a cause; and deceive not with your lips.
29 Do not say, I will do to him as he has done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
30 I went by the field of the lazy and by the vineyard of the man without binah;
31 And, see, it was all grown over with thorns and nettles had covered the face of it and its stone wall was broken down.
32 Then I saw and considered it well: I looked at it and received discipline.
33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34 So shall your poverty come suddenly; and your lack as a runner.
25 These are also Mishle of Shlomo, which the men of Hizqiyahu melech of Yahudah copied.
2 It is the tifereth of Ahlohim to conceal a matter: but the kavod of melechim is to search out a matter.
3 The shamayim for height and the earth for depth and the lev of melechim is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver and there shall come forth a vessel from the refiner.
5 Take away the wicked from before the melech and his kesay shall be established in tzedakah.
6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the melech and stand not in the place of great men:
7 For better if it is said concerning you, Come up here; than that you should be removed from the presence of the sar whom your eyes have seen.
8 Do not rush to strive, lest you know not what to do in the end, when your neighbor has put you to shame.
9 Debate your cause with your neighbor himself; and do not disclose a secret to another:
10 Lest he that hears it puts you to shame and your bad reputation never leaves.
11 A word spoken at the right time is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
12 As an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise one’s reproof to an obedient ear.
13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those that send him: for he refreshes the being of his masters.
14 Whoever boasts about his gifts falsely, is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 By patience is a sar persuaded and a soft tongue breaks the bone.
16 Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be satisfied and vomit it.
17 Do not visit your neighbor’s bayit often; lest he become weary of you and then hate you.
18 A man that bears false witness against his neighbor is like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow.
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth and a foot out of joint.
20 As he that takes away a garment in cold weather and as vinegar on soda, so is he that sings songs to a heavy lev.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him lechem to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him mayim to drink:
22 For you shall heap coals of fire upon his head and YHUH shall reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain: and a backbiting tongue an angry look.
24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide bayit.
25 Like cold mayim to a thirsty being, so is tov news from a far country.
26 A tzadik man giving into the derech of the wicked is as a troubled fountain and a corrupt spring.
27 It is not tov to eat much honey: or for men to search for tifereth after tifereth.
28 He that has no rule over his own ruach is like a city that is broken down without walls.
26 As snow in summer and as rain in harvest, so kavod is not fitting for a fool.
2 As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so a curse without cause shall not come.
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey and a rod for the fool’s back.
4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.
5 Answer a fool according to your chochmah, lest he think himself wise in his own conceit.
6 He that sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off feet and drinks damage.
7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a mishle in the mouth of fools.
8 As he that binds a stone in a sling, so is he that gives kavod to a fool.
9 As a thorn goes up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.
10 The great Ahlohim that formed all things both rewards the fool and rewards transgressors.
11 As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.
12 Do you see a man wise in his own conceit? There is more tikvah for a fool than for him.
13 The lazy man says, There is a lion in the derech; a lion is in the streets.
14 As the door turns upon its hinges, so does the lazy upon his bed.
15 The lazy hides his hand in his bosom; it pains him to bring it again to his mouth.
16 The lazy one is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
17 He that passes by and meddles in someone else’s strife, is like one that takes a dog by the ears.
18 As a madman, who casts firebrands, arrows and death,
19 So is the man that deceives his neighbor and says, I was only joking.
20 Where no wood is, there the fire goes out: so where there is no slanderer, the strife ceases.
21 As coals are to burning coals and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a slanderer are as wounds that go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
23 Burning lips and a wicked lev are like a clay pot covered with silver dross.
24 He that hates pretends with his lips and lays up deceit within him;
25 When he speaks nice, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his lev.
26 Hatred is covered by deceit; its wickedness shall be showed before the whole kehilla of Yisrael.
27 Whoever digs a pit shall fall in it: and he that rolls a stone, it will return on him.
28 A lying tongue hates its victims; and a flattering mouth works ruin.
27 Boast not about tomorrow; for you know not what a yom may bring forth.
2 Let another man praise you and not your own mouth; a ger and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and the sand weighty; but a fool’s anger is heavier than them both.
4 Wrath is cruel and displeasure is outrageous; but who is able to stand before jealousy?
5 Open rebuke is better than secret ahava.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a chaver; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
7 The satisfied one loathes the honeycomb; but to the hungry being, every bitter thing is sweet.
8 As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man that wanders from his place.
9 Ointment and perfume gilah the lev: so does the sweetness of a man’s counsel given from the lev.
10 Your own chaver and your abba’s chaver, forsake not; neither go into your brother’s bayit in the yom of your calamity: for better is a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.
11 My son, be wise and make my lev have simcha, that I may answer him who reproaches me.
12 A clever man foresees the evil and hides himself; but the simple pass on and are punished.
13 He that becomes a guarantor for a ger, his garment will be taken from him and held as a pledge for another ger.
14 He that greets his chaver with a loud voice early in the boker, it shall be counted as a curse to him.
15 A continual dripping on a very rainy yom and a contentious woman are alike.
16 Whoever hides her can hide the wind and keep the perfume on his right hand from being known.
17 Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the face of his chaver.
18 Whoever guards the fig eytz shall eat the fruit of it: so he that waits on His Master shall be honored.
19 As in mayim face answers to face, so the lev of man to man.
20 Sheol and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
21 As the refining pot for silver and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
22 Though you pound a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23 Be diligent to know the state of your flocks and look well to your herds.
24 For riches are not le-olam-va-ed: and does the keter endure to every generation?
25 The hay appears and the tender grass shows itself and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
26 The lambs are for your clothing and the goats are the price of the field.
27 And you shall have goats’ milk enough for your food, for the food of your household and for the maintenance of your young women.
28 The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the tzadikim are bold as a lion.
2 For the transgressions of a land, many are the rulers over it: but by a man of binah and da’at the state of it shall be prolonged.
3 A poor man that oppresses the poor is like a sweeping rain that leaves no food.
4 They that forsake the Torah praise the wicked: but such as guard the Torah contend with them.
5 Evil men understand not mishpat: but they that seek YHUH understand all things.
6 Better is the poor that walks in his uprightness, than he that is perverted in his derachot, though he is rich.
7 Whoever guards the Torah is a wise son: but he that is a companion of gluttons shames his abba.
8 He that by interest and unjust gain increases his substance, he shall gather it for others that will pity the poor.
9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the Torah, even his tefillah shall be an abomination.
10 Whoever causes the tzadik to go astray in an evil derech, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have tov things in possession.
11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that has binah searches him out.
12 When the tzadikim are strong, there is great tifereth: but when the wicked rise, the tifereth diminishes.
13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have rachamim.
14 Happy is the man that fears Ahlohim always: but he that hardens his lev shall fall into mischief.
15 As a roaring lion and a charging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
16 The sar that lacks binah is also a great oppressor: but he that hates greed shall prolong his yamim.
17 A man that does violence to the dahm of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man help him.
18 Whoever has an upright walk shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his halachot shall fall at once.
19 He that works his land shall have plenty of lechem: but he that follows after worthless persons shall have great poverty.
20 A faithful man shall abound with brachot: but he that hurries to be rich shall not be innocent.
21 To show partiality with people is not tov: for a piece of lechem a man will transgress.
22 He that runs to be rich has an evil eye and considers not that poverty shall come upon him.
23 He that rebukes a man shall find more chen than he that flatters with the tongue.
24 Whoever robs his abba, or his eema and says, It is not a transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
25 He that is of a proud lev stirs up strife: but he that puts his trust in YHUH shall be made to prosper.
26 He that trusts in his own lev is a fool: but whoever walks with chochmah, he shall be delivered.
27 He that gives to the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes from them shall have many curses.
28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the tzadikim increase.
29 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, without cure.
2 When the tzadik are in authority, the people gilah: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn.
3 Whoever loves chochmah brings gilah to his abba: but a companion of harlots destroys wealth.
4 The melech by mishpat establishes the land: but he that receives bribes overthrows it.
5 A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.
6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a trap: but the tzadik does sing and gilah.
7 The tzadik considers the cause of the poor: but the wicked desires not to know it.
8 Scornful men bring a city into flames: but wise men turn away anger.
9 If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rages, or laughs, there is no shalom.
10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the tzadik seek his being.
11 A fool utters his entire mind: but a wise man guards it until later.
12 If a ruler listens to lies, all his avadim become wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common: YHUH gives ohr to both their eyes.
14 The melech that faithfully judges the poor, his kesay shall be established le-olam-va-ed.
15 The rod and correction give chochmah: but a child left to himself brings his eema to shame.
16 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases: but the tzadik shall see their fall.
17 Correct your son and he shall give you rest and give delight to your being.
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that guards the Torah, happy is he.
19 An eved will not be corrected by words: for though he understands, he will not answer.
20 Do you see a man that is hasty in his words? There is more tikvah for a fool than for him.
21 He that delicately brings up his eved from childhood shall have him become his son in the end.
22 An angry man stirs up strife and a furious man abounds in transgression.
23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but kavod shall uphold the humble in ruach.
24 Whoever is partner with a thief hates his own being: he hears himself put under oath but answers nothing.
25 The fear of man brings a trap: but whoever puts his trust in YHUH shall be safe.
26 Many seek the ruler’s chen; but every man’s mishpat comes from YHUH.
27 An unjust man is an abomination to the tzadik: and he that is upright in derech is an abomination to the wicked.
30 The words of Agur the son of Yacheh, even the prophecy: the man spoke to Ithi-El and Uchal,
2 Surely I am more stupid than any man and have not the binah of a man.
3 I neither learned chochmah, nor have the da’at of the Kadosh-One.
4 Who has ascended up into the shamayim, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the mayim in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His Name, and what is His Son’s Name and His children’s names, if you can tell?
5 Every Word of Ahloha is pure and are purified shields: He is a shield to them that put their trust in Him.
6 Add not to His Words, lest He reprove you and you be found a liar.
7 Two things have I asked of You; deny me not before I die:
8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me my portion of lechem:
9 Lest I be full and deny You and say, Who is YHUH ? Or, lest I be poor and steal and take the Name of YHUH my Ahlohim in vain.
10 Accuse not an eved to his master, lest he curse you and you be found guilty.
11 There is a generation that curses their abba and does not bless their eema.
12 There is a generation that is pure in their own eyes and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
13 There is a generation, O how haughty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.
14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords and their jaw-teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth and the needy from among men.
15 The leech has two daughters, crying, Give me, give me. There are three things that are never satisfied, yes, four things that never say, It is enough:
16 Sheol; and the barren womb; the soil that is not filled with mayim; and the fire which never says, It is enough.
17 The eye that mocks his abba and despises to obey his eema, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out and the young eagles shall eat it.
18 There are three things which are too wonderful for me, yes, four which I know not:
19 The derech of an eagle in the air; the derech of a serpent upon a rock; the derech of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the derech of a man with a girl.
20 Such is the derech of an adulterous woman; she eats and wipes her mouth and says, I have done no wickedness.
21 For three things the earth trembles and for four which it cannot bear:
22 For an eved when he reigns; and a fool when he is filled with food;
23 For an odious woman when she is married; and a female eved that replaces her mistress.
24 There are four things that are little upon the earth, but they are exceedingly wise:
25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer;
26 The conies are a weak species, yet make their houses in the rocks;
27 The locusts have no melech, yet they travel in formation;
28 The spider is caught with two hands, yet is in the melech’s palaces.
29 There are three things which go well, yes; four are beautiful in their going:
30 A lion that is strongest among beasts and turns not away from any;
31 A rooster boldly among hens; and a male goat leading a herd also; and a melech, whose army is with him.
32 If you have done foolishly in lifting yourself up, or if you have thought evil, lay your hand upon your mouth.
33 Surely the pressing of milk brings forth butter and the pressing of the nose brings forth dahm: so the pressing of anger brings forth strife.
31 The words of melech Lemu-El, a message that his eema taught him.
2 What, my son? And what, the son of my womb? And what, the son of my vows?
3 Give not your strength to women, nor your halachot to that which destroys melechim.
4 It is not for melechim, O Lemu-El, it is not for melechim to drink wine; nor for rulers to drink strong drink:
5 Lest they drink and forget the Torah and pervert the mishpat of any of the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish and wine to those that are of heavy levavot.
7 Let him drink and forget his poverty and remember his misery no more.
8 Open your mouth for those who cannot speak for themselves and are appointed to destruction.
9 Open your mouth, judge righteously and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.
11 The lev of her husband does safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him tov and not evil all the yamim of her chayim.
13 She seeks wool and linen and works willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she brings her food from far.
15 She rises also while it is still lyla and provides food to her household and a portion to her young women.
16 She considers a field and buys it: with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds her loins with strength and strengthens her arms.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is tov: her lamp goes not out at lyla.
19 She lays her hands to the spindle and her hands hold the linen.
20 She stretches out her hand to the poor; yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all of her household is clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes herself quilts; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the zechanim of the land.
24 She makes fine linen and sells it; and delivers girdles to the merchants.
25 Strength and kavod are her clothing; and she shall gilah in time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with chochmah; and on her tongue is the Torah of chesed.
27 She looks well to the halachot of her household and eats not the lechem of idleness.
28 Her children in Yisrael rise up and call her blessed; her husband also and he praises her:
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but you have risen over them all.
30 Chen is deceitful and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears YHUH, she shall be given tehilla.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own mitzvoth praise her in the gates. X
1:1 Since chochmah is personified in Messiah, we have used upper case letters throughout Proverbs only when chochmah speaks in the first person.
1:20 Wisdom in Hebraic understanding is associated with the female character aspects of the manifestations of YAH and has most often been associated with the motherly care of YAH known as the Set-Apart Spirit, the gentle “mothering care” of Father YAH.
2:19 Sexual perversity is a path of no return and those in its trap find it almost impossible to return to the peace of YAH.
2:21 Home of the age to come, or millennial kingdom.
3:9 The tithe of all.
3:13 Two aspects of YAH’s manifestations, both the masculine and feminine as revealed by The Son of YAH.
4:5 Living Torah.
4:22 The Torah as taught by the Spirit, is medicine and healing for YAH’s true people.
5:14Going to a congregation does not necessarily mean you love YAH.
6:13 Walks in secret and confusing ambiguity, along with a foul mouth.
6:19 Seven sins all Yisraelites must avoid.
8:1 In this chapter chochmah/chochmah is personified throughout as Messiah, confirming First Corinthians 1:30 and Luke 11:49 that Messiah is YAH’s chochmah personified.
11:1 When both houses are treated equally with equal weights and measures, YAH is delighted.
11:30 Soul winning is a Hebraic mandate, not a Christian invention. True Hebraic understanding is evangelistic-minded.
14:11 A reference to redeemed Israel.
14:12 Religion versus relationship with YAH through Messiah and His Torah.
14:28The multitudes of Israel are an esteem and testimony to the brit-keeping power of the King Messiah.
14:35 Yisraelites should be careful never to bring shame to King Messiah by their behavior and lifestyle.
16:11 All Yisraelites are His work and we are equal in His sight.
17:17 A believing Yisraelite brother.
18:1The separate entity called the “church” has forsaken the Commonwealth of Israel and her Torah and thus has left all true chochmah behind. They have sought their own desire, not YAH’s.
18:10 By clear directive, those who don’t know and don’t use it are not safe.
18:19 Yisraelite brothers must work hard to be reconciled to those they are at odds with. Without miracles, reconciliation is often impossible.
18:24 Messiah our Savior.
19:13 Israel as YAH’s son has often brought The Father calamity.
20:10 Both houses of Israel are to use the same weights and measures when measuring such things as paganism and human traditions needing to be exposed. We cannot demand that one house be submitted, or subservient to another in the restoration. Both houses have much to let go of and much to learn from one another, as we walk together back to Zion.
21:16 Or, back to familiar yet incorrect systems and places of worship.
21:16 Religious assemblies that have vain doctrines substituted for Torah, or those that have Torah, but not the King and Giver of Torah, The Messiah. YAH calls them the assemblies of the dead.
22:2 In Yisraelite brotherhood.
22:6 All Yisraelite parents must teach the walk of Messiah and His Torah to their offspring, in order to be counted as faithful parents by YAH and to train Israel’s next believing generation.
22:10 Disobedient, mocking and sinful Yisraelites, must be put outside the camp for division and strife to cease.
22:28 Israel must return to the ancient paths, not seek new gentile ones by removing the ancient truths.
23:6 Is cheap.
24:3 All three pillars of Elohim will rebuild Israel. Wisdom, Understanding and The Son of YAH, Beauty.
24:11 Israel is to evangelize without regret, remorse, or guilt.
26:7 Messiah’s parables are foolish gibberish to the anti-Messiah missionaries.
26:9 See note for verse 7.
26:11 This speaks of Yisraelites who know Messiah and yet succumb to the anti-missionaries, as referenced in Second Peter 2:22.
27:18 Symbolic of national Israel.
27:18 We are called to guard the restoration and regathering of both houses and if we do, we will eat the full fruit and reward of our labor.
27:18 Waits for His return to finish the task of restoring the fig tree.
28:9 What does that say for the prayers of those who claim to love Messiah, but don’t keep His eternal commands found in Torah?
29:18 Israel in these last days must carry a vision of restoration from YAH’s will and His Word, based on all of the Torah.
30:4 The anti-missionary English Masoretic translation shockingly inserts Moses name here, in an obvious reference to YAH’s Son.
30:4 Messiah Son of YAH. Children is an LXX reference.
30:4 This is a riddle of the Designer-Creator and His Son the Creator and most of the world’s population does not know either one. Most believe them to be g-d and je-us, when the true Names of YAH and Messiah remain unknown to the minds and hearts of mankind. What was a riddle in Solomon’s time is just as much of a riddle in our time. Yet knowing this is the key to being a child of the coming resurrection.
30:6 This does not speak of translations where men are bound to attempt to explain, or elaborate in all translations and all languages. YAH speaks to those who would dare to alter the original autograph manuscripts.
30:9 Meaning becoming so sinful in stealing, that YAH’s Name and His Set-Apartness are lost and brought to nothing.
30:15 Both houses of Israel have to learn to give and not take, as they are transformed from leeches to sons and daughters of YAH. They are learning that it is more blessed to give than receive.
30:17 When the unsaved are taken away in mishpat, as believers will be left behind to be protected.
31:10 In this verse starts the eshet chayil, or “virtuous woman” chapter.