The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,
but one who has insight draws them out.
Many claim to have unfailing love,
but a faithful person who can find?
The righteous lead blameless lives;
blessed are their children after them.
When a king sits on his throne to judge,
he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure;
I am clean and without sin’?
Differing weights and differing measures –
the Lord detests them both.
Even small children are known by their actions,
so is their conduct really pure and upright?
Ears that hear and eyes that see –
the Lord has made them both.
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
stay awake and you will have food to spare.
‘It’s no good, it’s no good!’ says the buyer –
then goes off and boasts about the purchase.