A foolish son is a grief and anguish to his father
And bitterness to her who gave birth to him.
It is also not good to fine the righteous,
Nor to strike the noble for their uprightness.
He who has knowledge restrains and is careful with his words,
And a man of understanding and wisdom has a cool spirit (self-control, an even temper).
Even a [callous, arrogant] fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise;
When he closes his lips he is regarded as sensible (prudent, discreet) and a man of understanding.
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
He who [willfully] separates himself [from God and man] seeks his own desire,
He quarrels against all sound wisdom.
A [closed-minded] fool does not delight in understanding,
But only in revealing his personal opinions [unwittingly displaying his self-indulgence and his stupidity].
When the wicked man comes [to the depth of evil], contempt [of all that is pure and good] also comes,
And with inner baseness (dishonor) comes outer shame (scorn).
The words of a man’s mouth are like deep waters [copious and difficult to fathom];
The fountain of [mature, godly] wisdom is like a bubbling stream [sparkling, fresh, pure, and life-giving].
To show respect to the wicked person is not good,
Nor to push aside and deprive the righteous of justice.
A fool’s lips bring contention and strife,
And his mouth invites a beating.