Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you.
Do not devise harm against your neighbor, While he lives securely beside you.
My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger,
Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
So is the one who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; Whoever touches her will not go unpunished.
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your intimate friend;
With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.
He who despises his neighbor lacks sense, But a man of understanding keeps silent.
The righteous is a guide to his neighbor, But the way of the wicked leads them astray.
The poor is hated even by his neighbor, But those who love the rich are many.
He who despises his neighbor sins, But happy is he who is gracious to the poor.
A perverse man spreads strife, And a slanderer separates intimate friends.
He who conceals a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.
A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Wealth adds many friends, But a poor man is separated from his friend.
Many will seek the favor of a generous man, And every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.
All the brothers of a poor man hate him; How much more do his friends abandon him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.
He who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.
Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, And do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.
A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad, But he who keeps company with harlots wastes his wealth.