1 Melius est nomen bonum quam divitiae multae, super argentum et aurum gratia bona.
2 Dives et pauper obviaverunt sibi: utriusque operator est Dominus.
3 Callidus vidit malum et abscondit se; simplices pertransierunt et afflicti sunt damno.
4 Praemium modestiae timor Domini, divitiae et gloria et vita.
5 Spinae et laquei in via perversi, custos autem animae suae longe recedit ab eis.
6 Institue adulescentem iuxta viam suam; etiam cum senuerit, non recedet ab ea.
7 Dives pauperibus imperat; et, qui accipit mutuum, servus est fenerantis.
8 Qui seminat iniquitatem, metet mala et virga irae suae consummabitur.
9 Qui bono oculo est, benedicetur, de panibus enim suis dedit pauperi.
10 Eice derisorem, et exibit cum eo iurgium; cessabuntque causae et contumeliae.
11 Qui diligit cordis munditiam, propter gratiam labiorum suorum habebit amicum regem.
12 Oculi Domini custodiunt scientiam, et supplantantur verba iniqui.
13 Dicit piger: "Leo est foris, in medio platearum occidendus sum".
14 Fovea profunda os alienae; cui iratus est Dominus, incidet in eam.
15 Stultitia colligata est in corde pueri, et virga disciplinae fugabit eam.
16 Opprimis pauperem? Ipse augebit divitias suas. Donas ditiori? Ipse egebis.
17 Inclina aurem tuam et audi verba sapientium, appone autem cor ad doctrinam meam,
18 quia pulchra erunt, cum servaveris ea in ventre tuo, et redundabunt in labiis tuis.
19 Ut sit in Domino fiducia tua, ostendi ea tibi hodie.
20 Nonne descripsi ea tibi nudiustertius in cogitationibus et scientia,
21 ut ostenderem tibi firmitatem verborum veritatis, ut respondeas illi, qui misit te?
22 Non facias violentiam pauperi, quia pauper est, neque conteras egenum in porta,
23 quia iudicabit Dominus causam eorum, et anima spoliabit spoliatores.
24 Noli esse amicus homini iracundo neque ambules cum viro furioso,
25 ne forte discas semitas eius et sumas scandalum animae tuae.
26 Noli esse cum his, qui iungunt manus suas et qui vades se offerunt pro debitis:
27 si enim non habes unde restituas, quid causae est ut tollat lectum tuum subter te?
28 Ne transferas terminos antiquos, quos posuerunt patres tui.
29 Vidisti virum velocem in opere suo: coram regibus stabit nec erit ante ignobiles.
King James Version
1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
2 The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.
27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.
29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.