1 Just as the wicked man inherits confusion and shame so will the sinner accustomed to lying. 2 Do not give yourself over to your passions
:B:5 A gentle word makes many friends, an agreeable tongue calls forth gracious re plies. 6 Let your friends be many
7 If you would gain a friend, begin by testing him and do not put your confidence in him too quickly. 8 For there is the friend who is such when it suits him but he does not remain faithful in the time of your adversity.
9 There is the friend who becomes an enemy and, to your confusion, makes known why you quarreled.
10 There is the friend who shares your table but does not remain faithful when things go against you. 11 In times of pros perity he will be like your shad ow and he will speak freely to those of your household. 12 But if you are humiliated, he will turn against you and will avoid meeting you.
13 Distance yourself from your enemies and be careful about your friends.
14 The faithful friend is a secure refuge
17 Whoever fears the Lord will make true friends for, as a man is, such will his friend be.
18 My son, dedicate yourself to learn ing from your youth, and you will grow in wisdom until old age. 19 Work at it like the worker and the sower, cultivate wisdom and wait for her excellent fruits. For in cultivating her you will have some trouble, but soon you will enjoy her fruits.
20 Wisdom is very severe with the ignorant. Fools will not per severe. 21 She will be like a heavy weight or a difficult test which he will quickly throw away.
22 For wisdom brings her own honor, she does not reveal herself to everyone. 23 Listen, my son, and receive my teaching, do not re ject my counsel. 24 Put her constraints on your feet and her yoke on your neck. 25 Put your shoulder to the burden and bear her yoke
28 For, in the end, you will find in her your rest and she will become your joy. 29 Her constraints will strengthen your steps and her collar will be like a glorious garment. 30 Her yoke will become an ornament of gold and her chains like precious girdles of hyacinth blue. 31 You will adorn yourself as with a garment of glory and you will put her on like a crown of jubilation.
32 If you wish, my son, you will be learned
34 Be on your guard in the assembly of the elders and if there is a wise man there, attach yourself to him. 35 Be willing to listen to all dis courses on divine things, and do not let the say ings of the wise escape you.
36 If you see an intelligent man, follow him from daybreak and let your feet beat a pathway to his door.
37 Meditate on the precepts of the Lord and apply yourself unceasingly to his commandments. He will strengthen your heart and the wisdom you desire will be given to you.