Foolishness And Mockery
The schemes of folly are sin,
and people detest a mocker.
Foolish schemes are sinful.
Mockers are detested.
Therefore, avoid being foolish and contemptuous.
I taught my progeny:
Don’t Mess Around.
Plenty enough goes south without messing around.
Shut Your Mouth, Fool
Wisdom is too high for fools;
in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
Fools know nothing of Wisdom.
They should keep their mouths shut.
The wise prevail through great power,
and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
Surely you need guidance to wage war,
and victory is won through many advisers.
Wisdom brings power.
Knowledge brings strength.
Having many advisers bring victory.
One measure of the leadership of a government
is its international success.
By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
Knowledge leads to Understanding which leads to Wisdom.
And knowledge alone is sufficient to enrich you.
Eschew The Profligate
Do not envy the wicked,
do not desire their company;
for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble.
Why must we avoid the wicked?
They plot violence.
They speak of mischief.