31 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:2 What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb?What are you doing, son of my vows?
30 The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.The man declares, I am weary, O God;I am weary, O God, and worn out.
29 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,will suddenly be broken beyond healing.2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
28 The wicked flee when no one pursues,but the righteous are bold as a lion.2 When a land transgresses, it has many rulers,but with a man of understanding and knowledge,its stability will long continue.
27 Do not boast about tomorrow,for you do not know what a day may bring.2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;a stranger, and not your own lips.
26 Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,so honor is not fitting for a fool.2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,a curse that is causeless does not alight.3 A whip for the horse,...
25 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.2 It is the glory of God to conceal things,but the glory of kings is to search things out.3 As the heavens for height, and...
23 These also are sayings of the wise.Partiality in judging is not good.24 Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,”will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,25 but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,
Be not envious of evil men,nor desire to be with them,2 for their hearts devise violence,and their lips talk of trouble.
23 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,observe carefully what is before you,2 and put a knife to your throatif you are given to appetite.3 Do not desire his delicacies,for they are deceptive food.