Proverbs 241. Do not be impressed with evil men, nor desire to be with them.
2. Because their heart contemplates evil, and their lips speak abominations.
3. A house is built with wisdom, and it is all constructed with knowledge.
4. And with knowledge are filled the storehouses, [with] every benefit, honor and enjoyment.
5. The wise man is better than the mighty, and the man of knowledge than the strong.
6. Wars are started by intimidation, and deliverance is achieved through wise counsel.
7. Wisdom throws off a fool, and he does not open up his mouth at the door.
8. Whoever conceives evil shall be called an evildoer.*
9. The opinion of the fool is sin itself, and the corruption of the human being is thus evil.
10. Evil overtakes the evildoers on the day of affliction --
11. Delivers those who were fetched to die, and sells those who were held to be killed without leniency.
12. And if you say, 'I did not know,' then know that Allaha [is the One who] examines the heart and knows that which guards your soul, and repays the human being according to his works.
13. Eat honey, my son, because it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet upon your palate.
14. Likewise also wisdom you shall find, and you shall reach your goals,* and your hope shall not be curtailed.
15. Do not contemplate abomination in the dwelling of the righteous, and do not plunder his lodgings.
16. Because the righteous one shall fall seven times and get up, and the depraved shall be demolished by evil.
17. When your enemy falls, do not be happy, and when he falls, do not let your heart celebrate.
18. Lest Maryah should see and find it inappropriate in His eyes, and turn back His anger from him.
19. Do not contend* with evildoers, nor be envious of the abominable.
20. Because as for the wicked there is no future,* and the lamp of the evildoer shall be extinguished.
21. Be in submission to Maryah, my son, and rule in kingship,* and do not get mixed up with trouble makers;
22. For out of the calm there shall come their ruin and no one shall know the end of their years.
23. These that I say are for the wise: it is not well to judge by appearances.*
24. Or tell the evildoer that he is righteous: the nations shall curse him and the motherlands shall expose him.
25. The admonishers shall be appreciated, and upon them shall come the blessings of grace.
26. The lips of the admonishers shall be kissed.
27. Make good your works in the marketplace, and prepare your field, and later [gather] the hay in your house.
28. Do not be a false witness against your companion,* and do not flap your lips.*
29. And do not say, 'I did for him as he did for me.' And pay him according to his works.
30. Pass by the field of the lazy man, and the vineyard of the man with no heart;*
31. And there shall rise and be all filled with thorns, and its surface shall be covered with moles, and most of its stones shall be scattered.
32. And I regarded [it all] and [took it all]* into my heart, and I accepted it as discipline.
33. And if you nap a little, sleep a little, and fold your hands on your chest a little,
34. Poverty shall depart from you,* and delaying shall forget you, like a man on the run.
*24:8 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Abominable.'
*24:14 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Have an end.'
*24:19 Lit. Ar. id.: Or 'Imitate.'
*24:20 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Ending.'
*24:21 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: 'Reign.'
*24:23 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Personal favor.'
*24:28.1 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: 'Friend.'
*24:28.2 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Fluff what you're saying.'
*24:30 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Lacking in heart,' or 'heartless.'
*24:32 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Consecrated.'
*24:34 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Go before you.'
Proverbs Index | AAC | Aramaic Bible Index | Book Order