When arguing with your neighbor,
don’t betray another person’s secret.
Others may accuse you of gossip,
and you will never regain your good reputation.
Timely advice is lovely,
like golden apples in a silver basket.
Don’t visit your neighbors too often,
or you will wear out your welcome.
Telling lies about others
is as harmful as hitting them with an ax,
wounding them with a sword,
or shooting them with a sharp arrow.
Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart
is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather
or pouring vinegar in a wound.
Good news from far away
is like cold water to the thirsty.
A person without self-control
is like a city with broken-down walls.