He who walks [as a companion] with wise men is wise, but he who associates with [self-confident] fools is [a fool himself and] shall smart for it.
That prudence may be given to the simple, and knowledge, discretion, and discernment to the youth -- "
O you simple and thoughtless ones, understand prudence; you [self-confident] fools, be of an understanding heart.
Leave off, simple ones [forsake the foolish and simpleminded] and live! And walk in the way of insight and understanding.
[Although all have sinned] be not wicked overmuch or willfully, neither be foolish -- "why should you die before your time?
How long, O simple ones [open to evil], will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing and [self-confident] fools hate knowledge?
You are] a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the childish, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and truth -- "
Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),