“The proud and haughty persons
Are named ‘scoffers.’
They act with arrogant pride.
The craving of the lazy person is fatal.
His lazy hands refuse to labor.
All day long the wicked covet.
But the righteous give.
The righteous do not hold back.
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination.
How much more is it
When brought with evil intent.
A false witness will perish.
But a good listener will testify successfully.
The wicked put on a bold face.
But the upright give thought to their ways.”
The proud and haughty people are scoffers, or ones who mock people. They act with an arrogant pride. The lazy ones, on the other hand, refuse to work so that it is fatal to them. The wicked want more things, but the righteous are generous and do not hold back. Any sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination. It is even worse when they make a sacrifice with an evil intent. The person who gives false testimony will perish. The good listener will testify successfully. The wicked have a bold face, but the upright think before they act.
“The righteous gives good advice to friends.
But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
The lazy do not roast their hunted game.
But the diligent obtain precious wealth.
In the path of righteousness
There is life.
In walking its path
There is no death.”
The righteous give good advice to friends, while the wicked give bad advice that leads them astray. The lazy never roast their catch after a hunt. The diligent, on the other hand, will gain wealth. In the path of righteousness there is life, not death. Thus the righteous will live, while the way of the perverse will lead to death.
“Whoever is clever
Conceals his knowledge.
But the mind of the fool
The hand of the diligent will rule.
The lazy will be put to forced labor.
Anxiety weighs down the human heart.
But a good word cheers it up.”
The clever person conceals their knowledge. They do not show off their wisdom. The fools, on the other hand, broadcast their folly. They speak and show how stupid they are. The diligent will rule, while the lazy ones will be forced into labor. Anxiety weights down people, but a good word can cheer people up.