1. The wise wife builds her home, and the foolish one demolishes it with her own hands.
2. Whoever walks in truth fears Maryah, and whoever is infatuated with her ways strays from [Maryah.]
3. In the mouth of the fool there are insults and cursing, but* the lips of the wise guard [against such words.]
4. Where there are no oxen the mangers are clean, but* the crops are plentiful because of the power of the ox.
5. The faithful witness does not lie, and the one telling lies is the lying witness.
6. The evil person seeks wisdom and finds her not, but* knowledge finds the well educated.
7. To the foolish man everything is to the contrary for him, but the weapon of knowledge is [from] the lips of the wise.
8. The sagacious find their way through wisdom, and the way of the fools is by misleading.
9. The houses of the abominable truly need to be cleaned, and the houses of the righteous are inviting.
10. Fools do what is sinful, and the children of the upright what is desirable.
11. The knowing heart puts a limit on itself, and by its happiness the foreigner is not misled.* The house of the abominable goes to oblivion, and the tabernacle of the upright remains standing.*
12. There is the way that humanity expects it to be sound, but* its ways are the ways of death.
13. Even through laughter the heart may become pained, and the end of his joy may be emasculation.
14. Whoever has a bitter heart shall be repaid* by his ways, and the good man shall be repaid by the fear in himself.*
15. A child believes every word, and the sagacious discerns the good from the bad.
16. The wise person is fearful and bolts away from evil, and the fool goes away with confidence.*
17. Someone without substance, whatever he does amounts to nothing; but* the wise man [maintains his] composure.
18. The fool inherits errors, but* the sagacious share their knowledge.
19. The bad fall before the good, and the abominable come to the door of the righteous.
20. Even to their friends, the poor [appear to be] hated, and the relatives of the wealthy are plenty.
21. Whoever mistreats his friend commits a sin, and the one who takes mercy on the poor is blessed.
22. The abominable go to oblivion by doing evil, but* the merciful and the righteous do all the acts of goodness; the workers of evil receive no mercy or faithfulness; kindness, however, and faith, are with the workers of goodness.
23. Whatever are your concerns, there is one that is beneficial, and if someone is short in years, he shall have rest and well-being -- Maryah heals every illness, and the words of the abominable lips shall diminish them.
24. The wreathe of the wise is their wealth, and the recalcitrance of the fools is their going astray.*
25. The rescuer of souls is a witness of truth, and the words of the traitor are the false testimony.
26. The fear of Maryah is through powerful hope, and to his children he shall be the protector.
27. To fear Maryah is the fountainhead of eternal life, to those who keep out of the snare of death.
28. Through a multitude of people is a king made acceptable, and through the shrinking of a population is a king broken.
29. He who is patient* of spirit [gains] much wisdom, and he who is impatient* is truly foolish.
30. Those who cool off their temper are healing their own hearts, but* vehemence causes their bones to arch.*
31. Whoever brings along the poor angers the one who made him much more poor, and whoever honors Maryah is merciful toward the unfortunate.
32. The abominable is struck down through his own evil, and the one found without sin is counted as righteous.*
33. In the hearts of the righteous, wisdom is revealed, and in the hearts of the fools it is unknown.
34. Righteousness makes a nation proud, but sins reduce entire nations to shame.*
35. The will of the king is through the servant who acts intelligently, and by his own wisdom is the abominable struck down, and the one who considers not to sin is the one who is righteous; anger, however, leads even the wise to oblivion.
*14:3 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*14:4 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*14:6 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*14:11.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Mistaken."
*14:11.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Mistaken."
*14:12 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*14:14.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Satisfied by."
*14:14.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Shall be satisfied from the submission to his own soul."
*14:16 Lit. Ar. id.: "Assuredly."
*14:17 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*14:18 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*14:22 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*14:24 Lit. Ar. id.: "Bad behavior."
*14:29.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Long."
*14:29.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Short of spirit."
*14:30.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*14:30.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Become diseased."
*14:32 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "By their evil pushed aside the abominable, and that reliant that has not sins are righteous wisdom are righteous those."
*14:34 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Righteous raises up a nation, and belittles nations sins."
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