Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what it brings forth.
2Let a stranger praise you, and not your own mouth, and another, and not your own lips.
3Stone is heavy and sand is weighty, and the wrath of the fool is heavier than both.
4Presumption is rage and impetuosity is passion, but who shall stand before envy?
5Public rebuke is better than secret love.
6The wounds of a friend are better than the kisses of an enemy.
7The soul that is full treads on honeycombs, and even bitter things are sweet to the hungry soul.
8Like a bird that leaves its nest, so is a man that is removed from his place.
9As oil and fragrances give joy to the heart, so is he that is sweet to his neighbor in the counsel of his soul.
10Do not forsake your friend or the friend of your father, and do not enter the house of your brother in the day of your brokenness; better is a neighbor that is near than the brother that is distant.
11Be wise my son, and gladden my heart, and remove from me the reproach of those who reproach me.
12A cunning man sees evil and is hidden, but fools have passed by it and have suffered loss.
13The cloak of him who is security for a stranger is taken, and for the person of a stranger he pledges it.
14He that blesses his neighbor with flattery in a loud voice is not different from him that pronounces a curse.
15Like a dripping that drips abundantly on a day of heavy rain, so is a contentious woman.
16The North wind is severe, and it is called by name "Propitious".
17Iron sharpens iron, and a man sharpens the person of his neighbor.
18He that keeps a fig tree will eat of its fruit and he that is watchful of his Master will be praised.
19As faces are not alike, so hearts are not alike.
20Sheol and destruction are not full, neither are the eyes of men satisfied.
21A refining pot proves silver, and a furnace- gold, so is a man proven by the mouth of his praisers. The heart of the evil seeks evil, and the heart of the pure seeks knowledge.
22If you strike a fool in the assembly, you do not help him, neither do you remove his foolishness.
23Whenever you shepherd, know the faces of your sheep, and set your heart upon your flock.
24Because dominion is not forever, neither is it delivered generation to generation.
25Grass sprouts and new grass appears, and the green herb is gathered from the mountains.
26Lambs for your clothes and kids for your food
27And the milk of goats for your food and for the food of your house.