1Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.
3A stone is heavy and the sand weighty,
But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.
4Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood,
But who can stand before jealousy?
5Better is open rebuke
Than love that is concealed.
6Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
7A sated man loathes honey,
But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet.
8Like a bird that wanders from her nest,
So is a man who wanders from his home.
9Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
So a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.
10Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend,
And do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.
11Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad,
That I may reply to him who reproaches me.
12A prudent man sees evil and hides himself,
The naive proceed and pay the penalty.
13Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger;
And for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge.
1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation
Action: How should we let our love show?