1. The poor man who is wise carries his head high and sits among the great.

2. Do not praise a man because he is handsome and do not hold a man in contempt because of his appearance.

3. The bee is one of the smallest winged insects but she excels in the exquisite sweetness of her honey.

4. Do not be proud because of the clothes you wear; do not be proud when people honor you. Do you know what the Lord is preparing in a mysterious way?

5. Many tyrants have been overthrown and someone unknown has received the crown.

6. Many powerful men have been completely disgraced and famous men handed over into the power of others.

7. Do not reprehend anyone unless you have first been fully informed, consider the case first and thereafter make your reproach.

8. Do not reply before you have listened; do not interrupt the one who is speaking.

9. Do not interfere in what is not your business; do not meddle in the disputes of sinners.

10. My son, do not undertake too many activities. If you keep adding to them, you will not be without reproach; if you run after them, you will not succeed nor will you ever be free, although you try to escape.

11. There are those who exhaust themselves, tire themselves out and become anxious, yet in the end they are only the poorer.

12. There are those who are weak, needing support, lacking goods and in great poverty, yet the eyes of the Lord look on them with favor. The Lord will redress their humiliation.

13. He will raise their heads and many people will marvel on this account.

14. Good and evil, life and death, poverty and riches, all come from the Lord.

17. The just can count on the generosity of the Lord and his goodness will guide them forever.

18. A man may become rich through being careful and miserly and this is his reward.

19. The day on which he thinks, "I have earned my rest, now I can live on my possessions," he does not know how long he is going to live. He will have to die and leave his goods to others.

20. Remain faithful to your duty, give your life to it and grow old in your work.

21. Do not be disconcerted at the success of sinners but have confidence in God and persevere in your own efforts. It is easy for the Lord in an instant to make the poor man rich.

22. The blessing of the Lord is the just man's reward and quickly, in an instant, his benediction will bear fruit.

23. Do not say, "What do I need? What more could I have or desire?"

24. Do not say, "I have all that is necessary, what misfortune can harm me now?"

25. On good days, one forgets the bad; and on bad days one forgets the good.

26. Even when the end draws near, it is easy for the Lord to reward a man according to the way he has lived.

27. The hour of adversity makes one forget pleasure; at the end of a man's life his deeds will be revealed.

28. Do not consider anyone as blessed before his death, for only then he will be known.

29. Do not invite just anybody into your house for many are clever deceivers.

30. Like a partridge in its cage acting as a decoy, so is the heart of the proud man; like a spy he watches out for your weaknesses.

31. He changes good things into evil, he lays his traps and criticizes even the best things.

32. Just as a spark sets coals on fire, the wicked man prepares his snares in order to draw blood.

33. Beware of the wicked man for he is planning evil. He might dishonor you forever.

34. If you take a stranger into your house, he will cause you trouble; he will estrange you from your household.



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