Whoever loves pleasure will become poor;
whoever loves wine and olive oil will never be rich.
The wicked become a ransom for the righteous,
and the unfaithful for the upright.
Better to live in a desert
than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife.
The wise store up choice food and olive oil,
but fools gulp theirs down.
Whoever pursues righteousness and love
finds life, prosperity and honor.
One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty
and pull down the stronghold in which they trust.
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues
keep themselves from calamity.
The proud and arrogant person—“Mocker” is his name—
behaves with insolent fury.
The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him,
because his hands refuse to work.
All day long he craves for more,
but the righteous give without sparing.