1 A good a is rather to be chosen than great b, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
2 The a and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.
3 A a man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
4 By a and the b are riches, and honour, and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the a: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
6 a up a b in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
7 The a ruleth over the poor, and the b is c to the lender.
8 He that a iniquity shall b vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his a to the b.
10 Cast out the scorner, and a shall go out; yea, b and reproach shall cease.
11 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
14 The mouth of a is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein.
15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
16 He that a the poor to increase his b, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
19 That thy trust may be in the Lord, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the a of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
22 Rob not the a, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
23 For the Lord will a their b, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.
24 Make no a with an b man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
26 Be not thou one of them that a, or of them that are b for debts.
27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?
28 Remove not the ancient a, which thy fathers have set.
29 Seest thou a man a in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before b.