1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches; and loving favor rather than silver or gold.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; he who keeps his soul shall be far from them.
15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
16 He who crushes the poor to multiply for himself, and he who gives to the rich, only to come to poverty.
17 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to My knowledge. 18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; they shall all be fitted in your lips, 19 so that your trust may be in Jehovah, I have made known to you this day, even to you. 20 Have I not written to you excellent things in counsels and knowledge, 21 that I might make you know the sureness of the words of truth; to return the words of truth to those who send to you?
22 Do not rob the poor, because he is poor; nor press down the afflicted in the gate; 23 for Jehovah will plead their cause, and strip the soul of those who plunder them.
24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and you shall not go up with a man of fury, 25 lest you learn his ways and get a snare to your soul.
26 Be not one of those who strike hands, of those who are sureties for debts. 27 If you have nothing to pay, why should he take away your bed from under you?