أَمْثَالٌ 20

اَلْخَمْرُ مُسْتَهْزِئَةٌ. ٱلْمُسْكِرُ عَجَّاجٌ، وَمَنْ يَتَرَنَّحُ بِهِمَا فَلَيْسَ بِحَكِيمٍ. ١ 1
Wine is a mocker and strong drink is a brawler; whoever is led astray by drink is not wise.
رُعْبُ ٱلْمَلِكِ كَزَمْجَرَةِ ٱلْأَسَدِ. ٱلَّذِي يُغِيظُهُ يُخْطِئُ إِلَى نَفْسِهِ. ٢ 2
The fear of a king is like the fear of a young lion that is roaring; the one who makes him angry forfeits his life.
مَجْدُ ٱلرَّجُلِ أَنْ يَبْتَعِدَ عَنِ ٱلْخِصَامِ، وَكُلُّ أَحْمَقَ يُنَازِعُ. ٣ 3
It is an honor for anyone to avoid conflict, but every fool jumps into an argument.
اَلْكَسْلَانُ لَا يَحْرُثُ بِسَبَبِ ٱلشِّتَاءِ، فَيَسْتَعْطِي فِي ٱلْحَصَادِ وَلَا يُعْطَى. ٤ 4
The lazy person does not plow in autumn; he seeks a crop at harvest time but will have nothing.
اَلْمَشُورَةُ فِي قَلْبِ ٱلرَّجُلِ مِيَاهٌ عَمِيقَةٌ، وَذُو ٱلْفِطْنَةِ يَسْتَقِيهَا. ٥ 5
The purpose in a human heart is like deep water, but someone with understanding will draw it out.
أَكْثَرُ ٱلنَّاسِ يُنَادُونَ كُلُّ وَاحِدٍ بِصَلَاحِهِ، أَمَّا ٱلرَّجُلُ ٱلْأَمِينُ فَمَنْ يَجِدُهُ؟ ٦ 6
Many a person proclaims he is loyal, but who can find one who is faithful?
اَلصِّدِّيقُ يَسْلُكُ بِكَمَالِهِ. طُوبَى لِبَنِيهِ بَعْدَهُ. ٧ 7
The righteous person walks in his integrity, and his sons who follow after him will be blessed.
اَلْمَلِكُ ٱلْجَالِسُ عَلَى كُرْسِيِّ ٱلْقَضَاءِ يُذَرِّي بِعَيْنِهِ كُلَّ شَرٍّ. ٨ 8
A king who sits on the throne performing the duties of a judge is winnowing with his eyes all the evil that is before him.
مَنْ يَقُولُ: «إِنِّي زَكَّيْتُ قَلْبِي، تَطَهَّرْتُ مِنْ خَطِيَّتِي»؟ ٩ 9
Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean from my sin”?
مِعْيَارٌ فَمِعْيَارٌ، مِكْيَالٌ فَمِكْيَالٌ، كِلَاهُمَا مَكْرَهَةٌ عِنْدَ ٱلرَّبِّ. ١٠ 10
Differing weights and unequal measures— Yahweh hates them both.
اَلْوَلَدُ أَيْضًا يُعْرَفُ بِأَفْعَالِهِ، هَلْ عَمَلُهُ نَقِيٌّ وَمُسْتَقِيمٌ؟ ١١ 11
Even a youth is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
اَلْأُذُنُ ٱلسَّامِعَةُ وَٱلْعَيْنُ ٱلْبَاصِرَةُ، ٱلرَّبُّ صَنَعَهُمَا كِلْتَيْهِمَا. ١٢ 12
Ears that hear and eyes that see— Yahweh made them both.
لَا تُحِبَّ ٱلنَّوْمَ لِئَلَّا تَفْتَقِرَ. ٱفْتَحْ عَيْنَيْكَ تَشْبَعْ خُبْزًا. ١٣ 13
Do not love sleep or you will come to poverty; open your eyes and you will have plenty to eat.
«رَدِيءٌ، رَدِيءٌ!» يَقُولُ ٱلْمُشْتَرِي، وَإِذَا ذَهَبَ فَحِينَئِذٍ يَفْتَخِرُ! ١٤ 14
“Bad! Bad!” says the buyer, but when he goes away he boasts.
يُوجَدُ ذَهَبٌ وَكَثْرَةُ لَآلِئَ، أَمَّا شِفَاهُ ٱلْمَعْرِفَةِ فَمَتَاعٌ ثَمِينٌ. ١٥ 15
There is gold and an abundance of costly stones, but lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
خُذْ ثَوْبَهُ لِأَنَّهُ ضَمِنَ غَرِيبًا، وَلِأَجْلِ ٱلْأَجَانِبِ ٱرْتَهِنْ مِنْهُ. ١٦ 16
Take a garment of one who has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an immoral woman.
خُبْزُ ٱلْكَذِبِ لَذِيذٌ لِلْإِنْسَانِ، وَمِنْ بَعْدُ يَمْتَلِئُ فَمُهُ حَصًى. ١٧ 17
Bread gained by deceit tastes sweet, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
اَلْمَقَاصِدُ تُثَبَّتُ بِٱلْمَشُورَةِ، وَبِالتَّدَابِيرِ ٱعْمَلْ حَرْبًا. ١٨ 18
Plans are established by advice and only with wise guidance should you wage war.
اَلسَّاعِي بِٱلْوِشَايَةِ يُفْشِي ٱلسِّرَّ، فَلَا تُخَالِطِ ٱلْمُفَتِّحَ شَفَتَيْهِ. ١٩ 19
A gossip reveals secrets and so you should not associate with people who talk too much.
مَنْ سَبَّ أَبَاهُ أَوْ أُمَّهُ يَنْطَفِئُ سِرَاجُهُ فِي حَدَقَةِ ٱلظَّلَامِ. ٢٠ 20
If a person curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in the middle of darkness.
رُبَّ مُلْكٍ مُعَجِّلٍ فِي أَوَّلِهِ، أَمَّا آخِرَتُهُ فَلَا تُبَارَكُ. ٢١ 21
An inheritance gained quickly at the beginning will do less good in the end.
لَا تَقُلْ: «إِنِّي أُجَازِي شَرًّا». ٱنْتَظِرِ ٱلرَّبَّ فَيُخَلِّصَكَ. ٢٢ 22
Do not say, “I will pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for Yahweh and he will rescue you.
مِعْيَارٌ فَمِعْيَارٌ مَكْرَهَةُ ٱلرَّبِّ، وَمَوَازِينُ ٱلْغِشِّ غَيْرُ صَالِحَةٍ. ٢٣ 23
Yahweh hates unequal weights and dishonest scales are not good.
مِنَ ٱلرَّبِّ خَطَوَاتُ ٱلرَّجُلِ، أَمَّا ٱلْإِنْسَانُ فَكَيْفَ يَفْهَمُ طَرِيقَهُ؟ ٢٤ 24
A person's steps are directed by Yahweh; how then can he understand his way?
هُوَ شَرَكٌ لِلْإِنْسَانِ أَنْ يَلْغُوَ قَائِلًا: «مُقَدَّسٌ»، وَبَعْدَ ٱلنَّذْرِ أَنْ يَسْأَلَ! ٢٥ 25
It is a snare for a person to say rashly, “This thing is holy,” and begin to think about what it means only after making his vow.
اَلْمَلِكُ ٱلْحَكِيمُ يُشَتِّتُ ٱلْأَشْرَارَ، وَيَرُدُّ عَلَيْهِمِ ٱلنَّوْرَجَ. ٢٦ 26
A wise king winnows the wicked and he turns a threshing wheel over them.
نَفْسُ ٱلْإِنْسَانِ سِرَاجُ ٱلرَّبِّ، يُفَتِّشُ كُلَّ مَخَادِعِ ٱلْبَطْنِ. ٢٧ 27
The spirit of a person is the lamp of Yahweh, searching all his inmost parts.
ٱلرَّحْمَةُ وَٱلْحَقُّ يَحْفَظَانِ ٱلْمَلِكَ، وَكُرْسِيُّهُ يُسْنَدُ بِٱلرَّحْمَةِ. ٢٨ 28
Covenant faithfulness and trustworthiness preserve the king; his throne is made secure by love.
فَخْرُ ٱلشُّبَّانِ قُوَّتُهُمْ، وَبَهَاءُ ٱلشُّيُوخِ ٱلشَّيْبُ. ٢٩ 29
The glory of young men is their strength and the splendor of old people is their gray hair.
حُبُرُ جُرْحٍ مُنَقِّيَةٌ لِلشِّرِّيرِ، وَضَرَبَاتٌ بَالِغَةٌ مَخَادِعَ ٱلْبَطْنِ. ٣٠ 30
Blows that make a wound cleanse away evil and beatings make the innermost parts clean.