|My son, deprive not the poor of his living, |
and do not keep needy eyes waiting.
|Do not grieve the one who is hungry, |
nor anger a man in want.
|Do not add to the troubles of an angry mind, |
nor delay your gift to a beggar.
|Do not reject an afflicted suppliant, |
nor turn your face away from the poor.
|Do not avert your eye from the needy, |
nor give a man occasion to curse you;
|for if in bitterness of soul he calls down a curse upon you, |
his Creator will hear his prayer.
|Make yourself beloved in the congregation; |
bow your head low to a great man.
|Incline your ear to the poor, |
and answer him peaceably and gently.
|Deliver him who is wronged from the hand of the wrongdoer; |
and do not be fainthearted in judging a case.
|Be like a father to orphans, and instead of a husband to their mother; |
you will then be like a son of the Most High,
and he will love you more than does your mother.
|Wisdom exalts her sons |
and gives help to those who seek her.
|Whoever loves her loves life, |
and those who seek her early will be filled with joy.
|Whoever holds her fast will obtain glory, |
and the Lord will bless the place she enters.
|Those who serve her will minister to the Holy One; |
the Lord loves those who love her.
|He who obeys her will judge the nations, |
and whoever gives heed to her will dwell secure.
|If he has faith in her he will obtain her; |
and his descendants will remain in possession of her.
|For at first she will walk with him on tortuous paths, |
she will bring fear and cowardice upon him,
and will torment him by her discipline until she trusts him,
and she will test him with her ordinances.
|Then she will come straight back to him and gladden him, |
and will reveal her secrets to him.
|If he goes astray she will forsake him, |
and hand him over to his ruin.
|Observe the right time, and beware of evil; |
and do not bring shame on yourself.
|For there is a shame which brings sin, |
and there is a shame which is glory and favor.
|Do not show partiality, to your own harm, |
or deference, to your downfall.
|Do not refrain from speaking at the crucial time, |
and do not hide your wisdom.
|For wisdom is known through speech, |
and education through the words of the tongue.
|Never speak against the truth, |
but be mindful of your ignorance.
|Do not be ashamed to confess your sins, |
and do not try to stop the current of a river.
|Do not subject yourself to a foolish fellow, |
nor show partiality to a ruler.
|Strive even to death for the truth |
and the Lord God will fight for you.
|Do not be reckless in your speech, |
or sluggish and remiss in your deeds.
|Do not be like a lion in your home, |
nor be a faultfinder with your servants.
|Let not your hand be extended to receive, |
but withdrawn when it is time to repay.
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