1 Many sin for love of gain, he who desires riches silences his conscience.
2 Just as the stake is settled between two stones, so sin wedges itself between buying and selling. 3 The house of him who does not keep himself firmly in the fear of the Lord will soon be knocked to the ground.
4 When a sieve is shaken the dirt falls through
5 The kiln tests the potters handiwork
6 A well-tended tree is shown by its fruits so a mans feelings can be detected in what he says.
7 Praise no one before he has spoken, since this is the acid test.
8 If you pursue righteousness, you will achieve it and wear it like a festive garment.
9 Birds associate with their own kind, so, too, does truth greet those who are faithful.
10 The lion lurks in wait for its prey
11 The wise mans conversation follows wisdom all the time. In contrast, the fool changes like the moon.
12 When among fools, be sparing with your time
14 No one can bear those who swear all the time. Their quarrels make you cover your ears.
15 Blood is spilt when proud men quarrel and their insults are painful to the ear.
16 He who betrays a secret is no longer trusted
19 Like a bird, you have let your friend go, you will not get him back. When you open your hand, the bird flies off
22 The man who winks an eye is plotting evil, no one can persuade him to change. 23 He is all sweetness to your face, praising your words, but behind your back he speaks differently and twists your words.
24 I hate many things but nothing more than this man
25 When one tosses a stone in the air it falls back on his head
26 He who digs a pit will fall into it
27 If you do evil, evil will befall you and you will not know from where it comes.
28 The proud man makes use of mockery and insults, but vengeance lies in wait for him like a lion.
29 Those who gloat over the down fall of good men will fall into the snare
30 Grudge and wrath, these also are abominations in which sinful people excel.