1. From the human [being we have] reflection, and from Maryah [we have the gift of] tongues.*
2. All the ways of a man may be clean, but* Maryah steadies his walk.
3. Reveal to Maryah your works, and fulfill your expectations.
4. All the words of Maryah are for those who listen to Him, and the abominable is guarded for the evil day.
5. It is defilement before Maryah whoever [allows false pride] to rise in one's heart, and whoever extends his hand against his friend shall not avoid evil.
6. Through grace and sincerity, abomination is forgiven, and the fear of Maryah flees from evil.
7. [When] the ways of a man are according to Maryah's will, even his enemies he repays.
8. Less [acquired] through righteousness, is more than much gain through unethical [means.]
9. The heart of the human being contemplates its ways, but it is Maryah who insures its walk.*
10. When divination is upon the lips of the king, his mouth does not lose his judgment.
11. The weights of the scales are the judgment of Maryah, and his servants* are all the honest weights.
12. Defiled they are those kings that perform abomination, because it is through righteousness that the throne is gained.
13. The king's will is [expressed] by the lips of the righteous, and it is the manifestation of the honest that he loves.
14. The wraths of a king are like angels of death, and the wise man extinguishes them.
15. In the brightness of the king's face there is Life, and his will is like the cloud of the rainy season.
16. To gain wisdom is better than gold, and to gain knowledge is better than silver.
17. The path of the honest veers away from evil, and those who are clear in their own soul guard their way.
18. Before defeat there is cursing, and before sickness there is arrogance of spirit.*
19. It is better to be gentle in spirit and kindly eyed, than the one who divides the spoils with the mighty.
20. Whoever comprehends the Milta* shall find blessings, and blessed are they that rely on Maryah.
21. The wise of heart understands the intellect, and the submission of lips increases knowledge.
22. The fountain of [Eternal] Life is fundamental to those who know Him, and the knowledge of fools is an abbreviation.
23. The wise heart knows the utterance of his mouth, and upon his lips he increases knowledge.
24. A honeycomb is the utterance of the wise, and she* is the energy of her own breath, and she is the healer of his bones.
25. There is the path that appears to be sound to the eyes of humanity, but* their ways are the way of death.
26. The tormenting soul's suffering is of his own [doing,] and oblivion issues from his own mouth.
27. The abominable man forges evil, and from his mouth fire is spewed.
28. The abominable man incites condemnation, and the useless man persecutes his relatives.
29. The abominable man beguiles his friend and takes him on the path that is not beautiful.
30. He indicates with his eyes* and suggests retrograde acts, and he makes suggestions with his lips and belittles evil.
31. The wreath of commendation is for old age, and the path of righteousness shall be praised.
32. The patient person* is better than the mighty, and the those who control themselves are better than those who conquer cities.
33. In the bosom of the criminal there shall fall their lot, and from before Maryah they shall [receive] their judgment.
*16:1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Tongue" or "Language."
*16:2 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*16:9 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "The heart of the human thinks of his ways and Maryah provides his walks."
*16:11 Lit. Ar. id.: "Works."
*16:18 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Before brokenness cursing and before sickness the rising spirit."
*16:24 NB! 'Honeycomb' is female in gender.
*16:25 Lit. Ar. id.: "And. "
*16:30 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Winks."
*16:32 Lit. Ar. id.: "Who extends his spirit."
Posted August 19, 2014
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