أَمْثَالٌ 17

لُقْمَةٌ يَابِسَةٌ وَمَعَهَا سَلَامَةٌ، خَيْرٌ مِنْ بَيْتٍ مَلآنٍ ذَبَائِحَ مَعَ خِصَامٍ. ١ 1
It is better to have quiet with a dry morsel of bread than a house full of feasting with strife.
اَلْعَبْدُ ٱلْفَطِنُ يَتَسَلَّطُ عَلَى ٱلِٱبْنِ ٱلْمُخْزِي وَيُقَاسِمُ ٱلْإِخْوَةَ ٱلْمِيرَاثَ. ٢ 2
A wise servant will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers.
ٱلْبُوطَةُ لِلْفِضَّةِ، وَٱلْكُورُ لِلذَّهَبِ، وَمُمْتَحِنُ ٱلْقُلُوبِ ٱلرَّبُّ. ٣ 3
The crucible is for silver and the furnace is for gold, but Yahweh refines hearts.
ٱلْفَاعِلُ ٱلشَّرَّ يَصْغَى إِلَى شَفَةِ ٱلْإِثْمِ، وَٱلْكَاذِبُ يَأْذَنُ لِلِسَانِ فَسَادٍ. ٤ 4
The evildoer pays attention to wicked lips; a liar gives ear to a destructive tongue.
ٱلْمُسْتَهْزِئُ بِٱلْفَقِيرِ يُعَيِّرُ خَالِقَهُ. ٱلْفَرْحَانُ بِبَلِيَّةٍ لَا يَتَبَرَّأُ. ٥ 5
Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker and the one who rejoices at misfortune will not go unpunished.
تَاجُ ٱلشُّيُوخِ بَنُو ٱلْبَنِينَ، وَفَخْرُ ٱلْبَنِينَ آبَاؤُهُمْ. ٦ 6
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged and parents bring honor to their children.
لَا تَلِيقُ بِٱلْأَحْمَقِ شَفَةُ ٱلسُّودَدِ. كَمْ بِٱلْأَحْرَى شَفَةُ ٱلْكَذِبِ بِٱلشَّرِيفِ! ٧ 7
Eloquent speech is not suitable for a fool; much less are lying lips suitable for royalty.
ٱلْهَدِيَّةُ حَجَرٌ كَرِيمٌ فِي عَيْنَيْ قَابِلِهَا، حَيْثُمَا تَتَوَجَّهْ تُفْلِحْ. ٨ 8
A bribe is like a magic stone to the one who gives it; wherever he turns, he succeeds.
مَنْ يَسْتُرْ مَعْصِيَةً يَطْلُبِ ٱلْمَحَبَّةَ، وَمَنْ يُكَرِّرْ أَمْرًا يُفَرِّقْ بَيْنَ ٱلْأَصْدِقَاءِ. ٩ 9
Whoever overlooks an offense seeks love, but the one who repeats a matter alienates close friends.
اَلِٱنْتِهَارُ يُؤَثِّرُ فِي ٱلْحَكِيمِ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ مِئَةِ جَلْدَةٍ فِي ٱلْجَاهِلِ. ١٠ 10
A rebuke goes deeper into a person who has understanding than a hundred blows go into a fool.
اَلشِّرِّيرُ إِنَّمَا يَطْلُبُ ٱلتَّمَرُّدَ فَيُطْلَقُ عَلَيْهِ رَسُولٌ قَاسٍ. ١١ 11
An evil person only seeks rebellion, so a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
لِيُصَادِفِ ٱلْإِنْسَانَ دُبَّةٌ ثَكُولٌ وَلَا جَاهِلٌ فِي حَمَاقَتِهِ. ١٢ 12
It is better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to meet a fool in his foolishness.
مَنْ يُجَازِي عَنْ خَيْرٍ بِشَرٍّ لَنْ يَبْرَحَ ٱلشَّرُّ مِنْ بَيْتِهِ. ١٣ 13
When someone returns evil for good, evil will never leave his house.
اِبْتِدَاءُ ٱلْخِصَامِ إِطْلَاقُ ٱلْمَاءِ، فَقَبْلَ أَنْ تَدْفُقَ ٱلْمُخَاصَمَةُ ٱتْرُكْهَا. ١٤ 14
The beginning of conflict is like one who releases water everywhere, so walk away from the dispute before it has broken out.
مُبَرِّئُ ٱلْمُذْنِبَ وَمُذَنِّبُ ٱلْبَرِيءَ كِلَاهُمَا مَكْرَهَةُ ٱلرَّبِّ. ١٥ 15
The person who acquits the wicked person and the person who condemns the righteous person— both are an abomination to Yahweh.
لِمَاذَا فِي يَدِ ٱلْجَاهِلِ ثَمَنٌ؟ أَلِٱقْتِنَاءِ ٱلْحِكْمَةِ وَلَيْسَ لَهُ فَهْمٌ؟ ١٦ 16
Why should a fool pay money to learn about wisdom, when he has no ability to learn it?
اَلصَّدِيقُ يُحِبُّ فِي كُلِّ وَقْتٍ، أَمَّا ٱلْأَخُ فَلِلشِّدَّةِ يُولَدُ. ١٧ 17
A friend is loving at all times and a brother is born for times of trouble.
اَلْإِنْسَانُ ٱلنَّاقِصُ ٱلْفَهْمِ يَصْفِقُ كَفًّا وَيَضْمَنُ صَاحِبَهُ ضَمَانًا. ١٨ 18
A man having no sense makes binding promises and becomes responsible for his neighbor's debts.
مُحِبُّ ٱلْمَعْصِيَةِ مُحِبُّ ٱلْخِصَامِ. ٱلْمُعَلِّي بَابَهُ يَطْلُبُ ٱلْكَسْرَ. ١٩ 19
Whoever loves conflict loves sin; the one who makes the threshold of his door too high causes bones to be broken.
ٱلْمُلْتَوِي ٱلْقَلْبِ لَا يَجِدُ خَيْرًا، وَٱلْمُتَقَلِّبُ ٱللِّسَانِ يَقَعُ فِي ٱلسُّوءِ. ٢٠ 20
A person who has a crooked heart finds nothing that is good; the one who has a perverse tongue falls into calamity.
مَنْ يَلِدُ جَاهِلًا فَلِحَزَنِهِ، وَلَا يَفْرَحُ أَبُو ٱلْأَحْمَقِ. ٢١ 21
Whoever is the parent of a fool brings grief to himself; and the father of a fool has no joy.
ٱلْقَلْبُ ٱلْفَرْحَانُ يُطَيِّبُ ٱلْجِسْمَ، وَٱلرُّوحُ ٱلْمُنْسَحِقَةُ تُجَفِّفُ ٱلْعَظْمَ. ٢٢ 22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
ٱلشِّرِّيرُ يَأْخُذُ ٱلرَّشْوَةَ مِنَ ٱلْحِضْنِ لِيُعَوِّجَ طُرُقَ ٱلْقَضَاءِ. ٢٣ 23
A wicked man accepts a secret bribe to pervert the ways of justice.
ٱلْحِكْمَةُ عِنْدَ ٱلْفَهِيمِ، وَعَيْنَا ٱلْجَاهِلِ فِي أَقْصَى ٱلْأَرْضِ. ٢٤ 24
The one who has understanding sets his face toward wisdom, but the eyes of a fool are set on the ends of the earth.
ٱلِٱبْنُ ٱلْجَاهِلُ غَمٌّ لِأَبِيهِ، وَمَرَارَةٌ لِلَّتِي وَلَدَتْهُ. ٢٥ 25
A foolish son is a grief to his father and bitterness to the woman who bore him.
أَيْضًا تَغْرِيمُ ٱلْبَرِيءِ لَيْسَ بِحَسَنٍ، وَكَذَلِكَ ضَرْبُ ٱلشُّرَفَاءِ لِأَجْلِ ٱلِٱسْتِقَامَةِ. ٢٦ 26
Also, it is never good to punish the righteous person; neither is it good to flog noble men who have integrity.
ذُو ٱلْمَعْرِفَةِ يُبْقِي كَلَامَهُ، وَذُو ٱلْفَهْمِ وَقُورُ ٱلرُّوحِ. ٢٧ 27
One who has knowledge uses few words and one with understanding is even-tempered.
بَلِ ٱلْأَحْمَقُ إِذَا سَكَتَ يُحْسَبُ حَكِيمًا، وَمَنْ ضَمَّ شَفَتَيْهِ فَهِيمًا. ٢٨ 28
Even a fool is thought to be wise if he keeps silent; when he keeps his mouth shut, he is considered to be intelligent.