Chapter 12 4 Give to the godly man, and help not a sinner.5 Do well unto him that is lowly, but give not to the ungodly: hold back thy bread, and give it not unto him, lest he overmaster thee thereby: for [else] thou shalt receive twice as much evil for all the good thou shalt have done unto him.6 For the most High hateth sinners, and will repay vengeance unto the ungodly, and keepeth them against the mighty day of their punishment.7 Give unto the good, and help not the sinner.8 A friend cannot be known in prosperity: and an enemy cannot be hidden in adversity.9 In the prosperity of a man enemies will be grieved: but in his adversity even a friend will depart.10 Never trust thine enemy: for like as iron rusteth, so is his wickedness.11 Though he humble himself, and go crouching, yet take good heed and beware of him, and thou shalt be unto him as if thou hadst wiped a lookingglass, and thou shalt know that his rust hath not been altogether wiped away.12 Set him not by thee, lest, when he hath overthrown thee, he stand up in thy place; neither let him sit at thy right hand, lest he seek to take thy seat, and thou at the last remember my words, and be pricked therewith.13 Who will pity a charmer that is bitten with a serpent, or any such as come nigh wild beasts?14 So one that goeth to a sinner, and is defiled with him in his sins, who will pity?15 For a while he will abide with thee, but if thou begin to fall, he will not tarry.16 An enemy speaketh sweetly with his lips, but in his heart he imagineth how to throw thee into a pit: he will weep with his eyes, but if he find opportunity, he will not be satisfied with blood.17 If adversity come upon thee, thou shalt find him there first; and though he pretend to help thee, yet shall he undermine thee.18 He will shake his head, and clap his hands, and whisper much, and change his countenance.
Chapter 13 1 He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith; and he that hath fellowship with a proud man shall be like unto him.2 Burden not thyself above thy power while thou livest; and have no fellowship with one that is mightier and richer than thyself: for how agree the kettle and the earthen pot together? for if the one be smitten against the other, it shall be broken.3 The rich man hath done wrong, and yet he threateneth withal: the poor is wronged, and he must intreat also.4 If thou be for his profit, he will use thee: but if thou have nothing, he will forsake thee.5 If thou have any thing, he will live with thee: yea, he will make thee bare, and will not be sorry for it.6 If he have need of thee, he will deceive thee, and smile upon thee, and put thee in hope; he will speak thee fair, and say, What wantest thou?7 And he will shame thee by his meats, until he have drawn thee dry twice or thrice, and at the last he will laugh thee to scorn afterward, when he seeth thee, he will forsake thee, and shake his head at thee.8 Beware that thou be not deceived and brought down in thy jollity.9 If thou be invited of a mighty man, withdraw thyself, and so much the more will he invite thee.10 Press thou not upon him, lest thou be put back; stand not far off, lest thou be forgotten.11 Affect not to be made equal unto him in talk, and believe not his many words: for with much communication will he tempt thee, and smiling upon thee will get out thy secrets:12 But cruelly he will lay up thy words, and will not spare to do thee hurt, and to put thee in prison.13 Observe, and take good heed, for thou walkest in peril of thy overthrowing: when thou hearest these things, awake in thy sleep.14 Love the Lord all thy life, and call upon him for thy salvation.15 Every beast loveth his like, and every man loveth his neighbor.16 All flesh consorteth according to kind, and a man will cleave to his like.17 What fellowship hath the wolf with the lamb? so the sinner with the godly.18 What agreement is there between the hyena and a dog? and what peace between the rich and the poor?19 As the wild ass is the lion's prey in the wilderness: so the rich eat up the poor.20 As the proud hate humility: so doth the rich abhor the poor.