Don’t envy evil people
or desire their company.
For their hearts plot violence,
and their words always stir up trouble.
A house is built by wisdom
and becomes strong through good sense.
Through knowledge its rooms are filled
with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.
The wise are mightier than the strong,
and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.
An honest answer
is like a kiss of friendship.
Do your planning and prepare your fields
before building your house.