Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;
hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.
Food gained by fraud tastes sweet,
but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
Plans are established by seeking advice;
so if you wage war, obtain guidance.
A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid anyone who talks too much.
If someone curses their father or mother,
their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
An inheritance claimed too soon
will not be blessed at the end.
Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’
Wait for the Lord, and he will avenge you.
The Lord detests differing weights,
and dishonest scales do not please him.
A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.
How then can anyone understand their own way?