1. The wise son makes his father happy, and the son who is deficient in counsel embarrasses his mother.
2. There is no benefit from the propping of the abominable; righteousness, however, delivers one from death.
3. For Maryah does not starve the soul of the righteous. [Yet He] demolishes the possessions of the abominable.
4. Poverty humbles the man, however the hands of the successful man are enriching.
5. The son who works in the summer is intelligent, and the son who sleeps during the harvest is an embarrassment.
6. Blessings [sit] upon the head of the righteous, and abominations cover the mouth of the abominable.
7.The remembrance of the righteous is for a blessing, and the lamp of the abominable shall wander off.
8. The heart of the wise person accepts the commandment, and the lips of the wrongdoer are shut.
9. Whoever walks in simplicity goes by hope, and whoever complicates his ways will become exposed.
10. Whoever winks conspiratorially with his or her eyes causes great harm, and [the one] who admonishes openly makes peace.
11. The mouth of the righteous [speaks of] everlasting life, and the mouth of the abominable covers the abominable.
12. Hatred traffics in condemnation, and all the abominations are covered in shame.
13. He whose lips utter wisdom, beats the man who lacks heart.
14. The wise guard their words, but the quick mouth is easier to refute.*
15. The income of the wealthy is their umbilical cord, and the ruin of the poor is their poverty.
16. The words of the righteous [tend toward everlasting life] and the upshot of the abominable is toward sin.
17. The path to [everlasting] life* is through the protection of [knowledge and discipline;] and whoever hates being admonished is a fool.
18. Enmity blackens the lips of the abominable, and he who exudes curses is the one that lacks a conscience.
19. The abominable is not delivered through an abundance of words; and it is more prudent to restrain the lips.
20. The righteous has a silver tongue,* and the heart of the abominable is bitterness itself.
21. The lips of the righteous are very merciful, and the wicked die through lack of conscience.
22. The blessing of Maryah enriches, and no harm ever comes from it.
23. The fool laughs as he commits evil; and to the man who is wise, wisdom [imparts] knowledge.
24.Abomination lowers one to perdition, while* the righteous is [granted] hope.
25. As the whirlwind passes over suddenly,* likewise the abominable disappears and is not to be found; the righteous, however, consecrate their foundations to the end of the universe.
26. Like receiving a tongue lashing and getting smoke into one's eyes, such is the abominable treated by his passersby.
27. The submission* to Maryah lengthens one's days, and the years of the abominable are shortened.
28. The hope of the righteous [leads to] joy, and the hope of the abominable vanishes.
29. The path of Maryah strengthens the innocent, and [it is] the ruin of the workers of abomination.
30. The righteous shall not be shaken to the end of the universe,* and the abominable shall not live on the earth.
31. The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and the tongue of the retrograde is cut off.
32. The lips of the righteous know goodness, and the mouth of the wicked rebellion.
*10:3 Lit. Ar. id.: "And he."
*10.14 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "The wise hide knowing, and the mouth that hurries is near to being broken."
*10:17 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lives."
*10:25 Lit. Ar. id.: "Out of the calm."
*10:20 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Choice silver is the tongue of the righteous."
*10:24 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*10:27 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Fear of."
*10:30 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "To the universe," or in a word, "never."
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