أَمْثَالٌ 2

يَا ٱبْنِي، إِنْ قَبِلْتَ كَلَامِي وَخَبَّأْتَ وَصَايَايَ عِنْدَكَ، ١ 1
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,
حَتَّى تُمِيلَ أُذْنَكَ إِلَى ٱلْحِكْمَةِ، وَتُعَطِّفَ قَلْبَكَ عَلَى ٱلْفَهْمِ، ٢ 2
make your ears pay attention to wisdom and incline your heart to understanding.
إِنْ دَعَوْتَ ٱلْمَعْرِفَةَ، وَرَفَعْتَ صَوْتَكَ إِلَى ٱلْفَهْمِ، ٣ 3
If you cry out for understanding and raise your voice for it,
إِنْ طَلَبْتَهَا كَٱلْفِضَّةِ، وَبَحَثْتَ عَنْهَا كَٱلْكُنُوزِ، ٤ 4
if you seek it like you would seek silver and search for understanding as you would seek hidden treasures,
فَحِينَئِذٍ تَفْهَمُ مَخَافَةَ ٱلرَّبِّ، وَتَجِدُ مَعْرِفَةَ ٱللهِ. ٥ 5
then you will understand the fear of Yahweh and you will find the knowledge of God.
لِأَنَّ ٱلرَّبَّ يُعْطِي حِكْمَةً. مِنْ فَمِهِ ٱلْمَعْرِفَةُ وَٱلْفَهْمُ. ٦ 6
For Yahweh gives wisdom, from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
يَذْخَرُ مَعُونَةً لِلْمُسْتَقِيمِينَ. هُوَ مِجَنٌّ لِلسَّالِكِينَ بِٱلْكَمَالِ، ٧ 7
He stores up sound wisdom for those who please him, he is a shield for those who walk in integrity,
لِنَصْرِ مَسَالِكِ ٱلْحَقِّ وَحِفْظِ طَرِيقِ أَتْقِيَائِهِ. ٨ 8
he guards the paths of justice and he will preserve the way of those who are faithful to him.
حِينَئِذٍ تَفْهَمُ ٱلْعَدْلَ وَٱلْحَقَّ وَٱلِٱسْتِقَامَةَ، كُلَّ سَبِيلٍ صَالِحٍ. ٩ 9
Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and equity, and every good path.
إِذَا دَخَلَتِ ٱلْحِكْمَةُ قَلْبَكَ، وَلَذَّتِ ٱلْمَعْرِفَةُ لِنَفْسِكَ، ١٠ 10
For wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
فَٱلْعَقْلُ يَحْفَظُكَ، وَٱلْفَهْمُ يَنْصُرُكَ، ١١ 11
Discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you.
لِإِنْقَاذِكَ مِنْ طَرِيقِ ٱلشِّرِّيرِ، وَمِنَ ٱلْإِنْسَانِ ٱلْمُتَكَلِّمِ بِٱلْأَكَاذِيبِ، ١٢ 12
They will rescue you from the way of evil, from those who speak perverse things,
ٱلتَّارِكِينَ سُبُلَ ٱلِٱسْتِقَامَةِ لِلسُّلُوكِ فِي مَسَالِكِ ٱلظُّلْمَةِ، ١٣ 13
who abandon the right paths and walk in the ways of darkness.
ٱلْفَرِحِينَ بِفَعْلِ ٱلسُّوءِ، ٱلْمُبْتَهِجِينَ بِأَكَاذِيبِ ٱلشَّرِّ، ١٤ 14
They rejoice when they do evil and delight in the perversities of evil.
ٱلَّذِينَ طُرُقُهُمْ مُعْوَجَّةٌ، وَهُمْ مُلْتَوُونَ فِي سُبُلِهِمْ. ١٥ 15
They follow crooked paths, and using deception they hide their tracks.
لِإِنْقَاذِكَ مِنَ ٱلْمَرْأَةِ ٱلْأَجْنَبِيَّةِ، مِنَ ٱلْغَرِيبَةِ ٱلْمُتَمَلِّقَةِ بِكَلَامِهَا، ١٦ 16
Wisdom and discretion will save you from an adulterous woman, from an immoral woman and her flattering words.
ٱلتَّارِكَةِ أَلِيفَ صِبَاهَا، وَٱلنَّاسِيَةِ عَهْدَ إِلَهِهَا. ١٧ 17
She forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God.
لِأَنَّ بَيْتَهَا يَسُوخُ إِلَى ٱلْمَوْتِ، وَسُبُلُهَا إِلَى ٱلْأَخِيلَةِ. ١٨ 18
For her house leads down to death and her tracks will lead you to those in the grave.
كُلُّ مَنْ دَخَلَ إِلَيْهَا لَا يَؤُوبُ، وَلَا يَبْلُغُونَ سُبُلَ ٱلْحَيَاةِ. ١٩ 19
All who go in to her will not return again and they will not find the paths of life.
حَتَّى تَسْلُكَ فِي طَرِيقِ ٱلصَّالِحِينَ وَتَحْفَظَ سُبُلَ ٱلصِّدِّيقِينَ. ٢٠ 20
So you will walk in the way of good people and follow the paths of righteous people.
لِأَنَّ ٱلْمُسْتَقِيمِينَ يَسْكُنُونَ ٱلْأَرْضَ، وَٱلْكَامِلِينَ يَبْقَوْنَ فِيهَا. ٢١ 21
For those doing right will make a home in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it.
أَمَّا ٱلْأَشْرَارُ فَيَنْقَرِضُونَ مِنَ ٱلْأَرْضِ، وَٱلْغَادِرُونَ يُسْتَأْصَلُونَ مِنْهَا. ٢٢ 22
But the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the faithless will be cut off from it.