1. Whoever values discipline, loves knowledge, and whoever hates being admonished, is a fool.
2. The man who guards Maryah's will is blessed, and the man of abomination is [found to be] in dereliction of duty.
3. No human being achieves anything through abominations,* nor is the root of the righteous ever shaken.*
4. A brave wife is the wreath of her husband, but* the wife who misleads her husband is like the worm that destroys the tree.
5. The contemplations of the righteous are toward judgment, and the habits of the abominable are toward deceit.
6. The words of the abominable lay in waiting for blood, and the mouth of the wholesome rescues them.
7. The abominable shall turn back and find nothing, and the house of the righteous shall remain standing.
8. Humanity praises the mouth that utters wisdom, and casts out those who are lacking in knowledge.
9. The poor man who helps himself is better off than the one who [puts on airs] but* screams for bread.
10. The righteous are aware of the life* of their animals, but* the abominable oppress their own kin.
11. Whoever works the land grows bread, and whoever runs after emptiness lacks judgment.
12. The desire for abomination leads to evil, but* the root of the righteous goes deeper.
13. By the abomination of their lips the wicked are caught, and the righteous are released.
14. A good man is rewarded* by the fruit of his mouth,* and every human is paid according to the work of their hands.*
15. The way of the fool is beautiful in his own eyes, and he who listens to [a word of] advice* is wise.
16. The fool reveals his anger immediately,* and the cunning hides his curses.
17. The righteous person speaks of the faith that is obvious, but* the witness to abomination is deceitful.
18. There are those whose words are like the piercing sword,* however, the tongue of the wise is healing.
19. The lips [that speak] the truth are forthright, and the hurried testimony [speaks] abominations with her tongue.
20. Deceit in the heart of the wicked leads to evil; and those who counsel peace, it shall become for them happiness.
21. To the righteous man deceit is not beautiful, and the abominable are full of evil.
22. Maryah abhors lying lips, and is pleased by those who perform faithfully.
23. The sagacious person is the seat of knowledge, and the heart of fools call for evil.
24. The hand of the powerful shall rule, and the traitors shall [pay] tribute.
25. The word of submission troubles the heart of a man, and the word of blessing makes him happy.
26. The righteous gives good counsel to his kinsmen, and the way of the abominable is to mislead them.
27. The quarry is not in the future of the deceitful man, and the worthwhile gain [falls] to the elect of human beings.
28. In the path of righteousness there is Life,* and the path of the malicious leads to death.
12:3.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Gains through his or her abomination."
12:3.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "The root of the righteous (pl) is not shaken."
12:4 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
12:9 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
12:10.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Breath."
12:10.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
12:12 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
12:14.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Receives from."
12:14.2 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "What comes out of his mouth."
12:14.3 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "According to his deeds."
12:15 Lit. Ar. id.: "Legitimate ruler."
12:16 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "After his day."
12:17 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
12:18 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction.: "There are those that say the sword feels..."
12:28 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lives," or "Eternal Life."
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