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.