أَمْثَالٌ 21

قَلْبُ ٱلْمَلِكِ فِي يَدِ ٱلرَّبِّ كَجَدَاوِلِ مِيَاهٍ، حَيْثُمَا شَاءَ يُمِيلُهُ. ١ 1
The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of Yahweh; he turns it wherever he pleases.
كُلُّ طُرُقِ ٱلْإِنْسَانِ مُسْتَقِيمَةٌ فِي عَيْنَيْهِ، وَٱلرَّبُّ وَازِنُ ٱلْقُلُوبِ. ٢ 2
Every person's way is right in his own eyes, but it is Yahweh who weighs the hearts.
فِعْلُ ٱلْعَدْلِ وَٱلْحَقِّ أَفْضَلُ عِنْدَ ٱلرَّبِّ مِنَ ٱلذَّبِيحَةِ. ٣ 3
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to Yahweh than sacrifice.
طُمُوحُ ٱلْعَيْنَيْنِ وَٱنْتِفَاخُ ٱلْقَلْبِ، نُورُ ٱلْأَشْرَارِ خَطِيَّةٌ. ٤ 4
Haughty eyes and a proud heart— the lamp of the wicked—are sin.
أَفْكَارُ ٱلْمُجْتَهِدِ إِنَّمَا هِيَ لِلْخِصْبِ، وَكُلُّ عَجُولٍ إِنَّمَا هُوَ لِلْعَوَزِ. ٥ 5
The plans of the diligent lead only to prosperity, but everyone who acts too quickly comes only to poverty.
جَمْعُ ٱلْكُنُوزِ بِلِسَانٍ كَاذِبٍ، هُوَ بُخَارٌ مَطْرُودٌ لِطَالِبِي ٱلْمَوْتِ. ٦ 6
Acquiring riches by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare that kills.
اِغْتِصَابُ ٱلْأَشْرَارِ يَجْرُفُهُمْ، لِأَنَّهُمْ أَبَوْا إِجْرَاءَ ٱلْعَدْلِ. ٧ 7
The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is just.
طَرِيقُ رَجُلٍ مَوْزُورٍ هِيَ مُلْتَوِيَةٌ، أَمَّا ٱلزَّكِيُّ فَعَمَلُهُ مُسْتَقِيمٌ. ٨ 8
The way of a guilty person is crooked, but the one who is pure does what is right.
اَلسُّكْنَى فِي زَاوِيَةِ ٱلسَّطْحِ، خَيْرٌ مِنِ ٱمْرَأَةٍ مُخَاصِمَةٍ وَبَيْتٍ مُشْتَرِكٍ. ٩ 9
It is better to live on a corner of the roof than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
نَفْسُ ٱلشِّرِّيرِ تَشْتَهِي ٱلشَّرَّ. قَرِيبُهُ لَا يَجِدُ نِعْمَةً فِي عَيْنَيْهِ. ١٠ 10
The appetite of the wicked craves evil; his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.
بِمُعَاقَبَةِ ٱلْمُسْتَهْزِئِ يَصِيرُ ٱلْأَحْمَقُ حَكِيمًا، وَٱلْحَكِيمُ بِٱلْإِرْشَادِ يَقْبَلُ مَعْرِفَةً. ١١ 11
When the mocker is punished, the naive become wise, and when the wise person is instructed, he lays hold of knowledge.
اَلْبَارُّ يَتَأَمَّلُ بَيْتَ ٱلشِّرِّيرِ وَيَقْلِبُ ٱلْأَشْرَارَ فِي ٱلشَّرِّ. ١٢ 12
The righteous person watches the house of the wicked person; he brings wicked people to disaster.
مَنْ يَسُدُّ أُذُنَيْهِ عَنْ صُرَاخِ ٱلْمِسْكِينِ، فَهُوَ أَيْضًا يَصْرُخُ وَلَا يُسْتَجَابُ. ١٣ 13
The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he also will cry out, but he will not be answered.
اَلْهَدِيَّةُ فِي ٱلْخَفَاءِ تَفْثَأُ ٱلْغَضَبَ، وَٱلرَّشْوَةُ فِي ٱلْحِضْنِ تَفْثَأُ ٱلسَّخَطَ ٱلشَّدِيدَ. ١٤ 14
A gift in secret appeases anger and a concealed gift appeases strong wrath.
إِجْرَاءُ ٱلْحَقِّ فَرَحٌ لِلصِّدِّيقِ، وَٱلْهَلَاكُ لِفَاعِلِي ٱلْإِثْمِ. ١٥ 15
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous person, but it brings terror to evildoers.
اَلرَّجُلُ ٱلضَّالُّ عَنْ طَرِيقِ ٱلْمَعْرِفَةِ يَسْكُنُ بَيْنَ جَمَاعَةِ ٱلْأَخِيلَةِ. ١٦ 16
The one who wanders from the way of understanding, he will rest in the assembly of the dead.
مُحِبُّ ٱلْفَرَحِ إِنْسَانٌ مُعْوِزٌ. مُحِبُّ ٱلْخَمْرِ وَٱلدُّهْنِ لَا يَسْتَغْنِي. ١٧ 17
Whoever loves pleasure will become poor; the one who loves wine and oil will not be rich.
اَلشِّرِّيرُ فِدْيَةُ ٱلصِّدِّيقِ، وَمَكَانَ ٱلْمُسْتَقِيمِينَ ٱلْغَادِرُ. ١٨ 18
A wicked person is ransom for the righteous person, and the treacherous person is ransom for upright people.
اَلسُّكْنَى فِي أَرْضٍ بَرِّيَّةٍ خَيْرٌ مِنِ ٱمْرَأَةٍ مُخَاصِمَةٍ حَرِدَةٍ. ١٩ 19
It is better to live in the desert than with a quarreling and angry wife.
كَنْزٌ مُشْتَهًى وَزَيْتٌ فِي بَيْتِ ٱلْحَكِيمِ، أَمَّا ٱلرَّجُلُ ٱلْجَاهِلُ فَيُتْلِفُهُ. ٢٠ 20
Desirable treasure and oil are kept in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish person swallows it all up.
اَلتَّابِعُ ٱلْعَدْلَ وَٱلرَّحْمَةَ يَجِدُ حَيَاةً، حَظًّا وَكَرَامَةً. ٢١ 21
The one who does right and is kind— this person finds life, righteousness, and honor.
اَلْحَكِيمُ يَتَسَوَّرُ مَدِينَةَ ٱلْجَبَابِرَةِ، وَيُسْقِطُ قُوَّةَ مُعْتَمَدِهَا. ٢٢ 22
A wise man scales the city of the mighty ones, and he brings down the stronghold in which they trusted.
مَنْ يَحْفَظُ فَمَهُ وَلِسَانَهُ، يَحْفَظُ مِنَ ٱلضِّيقَاتِ نَفْسَهُ. ٢٣ 23
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
اَلْمُنْتَفِخُ ٱلْمُتَكَبِّرُ ٱسْمُهُ «مُسْتَهْزِئٌ»، عَامِلٌ بِفَيَضَانِ ٱلْكِبْرِيَاءِ. ٢٤ 24
The proud and haughty person—”Mocker” is his name— acts with arrogant pride.
شَهْوَةُ ٱلْكَسْلَانِ تَقْتُلُهُ، لِأَنَّ يَدَيْهِ تَأْبَيَانِ ٱلشُّغْلَ. ٢٥ 25
The desire of the lazy kills him, for his hands refuse to work.
اَلْيَوْمَ كُلَّهُ يَشْتَهِي شَهْوَةً، أَمَّا ٱلصِّدِّيقُ فَيُعْطِي وَلَا يُمْسِكُ. ٢٦ 26
All day long he craves and craves more, but the righteous person gives and does not hold back.
ذَبِيحَةُ ٱلشِّرِّيرِ مَكْرَهَةٌ، فَكَمْ بِٱلْحَرِيِّ حِينَ يُقَدِّمُهَا بِغِشٍّ! ٢٧ 27
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable; it is even more detestable when he brings it with evil motives.
شَاهِدُ ٱلزُّورِ يَهْلِكُ، وَٱلرَّجُلُ ٱلسَّامِعُ لِلْحَقِّ يَتَكَلَّمُ. ٢٨ 28
A false witness will perish, but the one who listens will speak for all time.
اَلشِّرِّيرُ يُوقِحُ وَجْهَهُ، أَمَّا ٱلْمُسْتَقِيمُ فَيُثَبِّتُ طُرُقَهُ. ٢٩ 29
A wicked man makes his face hard, but an upright person is certain about his ways.
لَيْسَ حِكْمَةٌ وَلَا فِطْنَةٌ وَلَا مَشُورَةٌ تُجَاهَ ٱلرَّبِّ. ٣٠ 30
There is no wisdom, there is no understanding, and there is no advice that can stand against Yahweh.
اَلْفَرَسُ مُعَدٌّ لِيَوْمِ ٱلْحَرْبِ، أَمَّا ٱلنُّصْرَةُ فَمِنَ ٱلرَّبِّ. ٣١ 31
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to Yahweh.