1 A [good] name is rather to be chosen than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.
5 Thorns [and] snares are in the way of a perverse man. He who keeps his soul shall be far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.
15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
16 He who oppresses a poor man to his increase, [and] he who gives to a rich man, [comes] only to want.
17 Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thy heart to my knowledge. 18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee, if they be established together upon thy lips. 19 That thy trust may be in LORD, I have made [them] known to thee this day, even to thee. 20 Have I not written to thee excellent things of counsels and knowledge, 21 to make thee know the certainty of the words of truth, that thou may carry back words of truth to those who send thee?
22 Do not rob a poor man, because he is poor, nor oppress an afflicted man in the gate. 23 For LORD will plead their cause, and despoil of life those who despoil them.
24 Make no friendship with a man who is given to anger, and thou shall not go with a wrathful man, 25 lest thou learn this ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
26 Be thou not one of those who strike hands, [or] of those who are sureties for debts. 27 If thou have not wherewith to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?