New English Translation
1 Do not boast about tomorrow; for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but vexation by a fool is more burdensome than the two of them.
4 Wrath is cruel and anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.
7 The one whose appetite is satisfied loathes honey, but to the hungry mouth every bitter thing is sweet.
8 Like a bird that wanders from its nest, so is a person who wanders from his home.
9 Ointment and incense make the heart rejoice, likewise the sweetness of one's friend from sincere counsel.
10 Do not forsake your friend and your father's friend, and do not enter your brother's house in the day of your disaster; a neighbor nearby is better than a brother far away.
11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, so that I may answer anyone who taunts me.
12 A shrewd person sees danger and hides himself, but the naive keep right on going and suffer for it.
13 Take a man's garment when he has given security for a stranger, and when he gives surety for a stranger, hold him in pledge.
14 If someone blesses his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be counted as a curse to him.
15 A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious wife are alike.
16 Whoever hides her hides the wind or grasps oil with his right hand.
17 As iron sharpens iron, so a person sharpens his friend.
18 The one who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever takes care of his master will be honored.
19 As in water the face is reflected as a face, so a person's heart reflects the person.
20 As Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so the eyes of a person are never satisfied.
21 As the crucible is for silver and the furnace is for gold, so a person is proved by the praise he receives.
22 If you should pound the fool in the mortar among the grain with the pestle, his foolishness would not depart from him.
23 Pay careful attention to the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds,
24 for riches do not last forever, nor does a crown last from generation to generation.
25 When the hay is removed and new grass appears, and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26 the lambs will be for your clothing, and the goats will be for the price of a field.
27 And there will be enough goat's milk for your food, for the food of your household, and for the sustenance of your servant girls.
King James Version
1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.