أَمْثَالٌ 24

لَا تَحْسِدْ أَهْلَ ٱلشَّرِّ، وَلَا تَشْتَهِ أَنْ تَكُونَ مَعَهُمْ، ١ 1
Do not be envious of those who are evil, nor desire to associate with them,
لِأَنَّ قَلْبَهُمْ يَلْهَجُ بِٱلِٱغْتِصَابِ، وَشِفَاهَهُمْ تَتَكَلَّمُ بِٱلْمَشَقَّةِ. ٢ 2
because their hearts plot violence and their lips talk about trouble.
بِٱلْحِكْمَةِ يُبْنَى ٱلْبَيْتُ وَبِالْفَهْمِ يُثَبَّتُ، ٣ 3
Through wisdom a house is built and by understanding it is established.
وَبِالْمَعْرِفَةِ تَمْتَلِئُ ٱلْمَخَادِعُ مِنْ كُلِّ ثَرْوَةٍ كَرِيمَةٍ وَنَفِيسَةٍ. ٤ 4
By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
اَلرَّجُلُ ٱلْحَكِيمُ فِي عِزٍّ، وَذُو ٱلْمَعْرِفَةِ مُتَشَدِّدُ ٱلْقُوَّةِ. ٥ 5
A warrior of wisdom is strong, and a man of knowledge increases his strength;
لِأَنَّكَ بِٱلتَّدَابِيرِ تَعْمَلُ حَرْبَكَ، وَٱلْخَلَاصُ بِكَثْرَةِ ٱلْمُشِيرِينَ. ٦ 6
for by wise direction you can wage your war and with many advisors there is victory.
اَلْحِكَمُ عَالِيَةٌ عَنِ ٱلْأَحْمَقِ. لَا يَفْتَحْ فَمَهُ فِي ٱلْبَابِ. ٧ 7
Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the gate he does not open his mouth.
اَلْمُتَفَكِّرُ فِي عَمَلِ ٱلشَّرِّ يُدْعَى مُفْسِدًا. ٨ 8
There is one who plans to do evil— people call him a master of schemes.
فِكْرُ ٱلْحَمَاقَةِ خَطِيَّةٌ، وَمَكْرَهَةُ ٱلنَّاسِ ٱلْمُسْتَهْزِئُ. ٩ 9
A foolish plan is sin and men despise a mocker.
إِنِ ٱرْتَخَيْتَ فِي يَوْمِ ٱلضِّيقِ ضَاقَتْ قُوَّتُكَ. ١٠ 10
If you become weak with fear in the day of trouble, then your strength is small.
أَنْقِذِ ٱلْمُنْقَادِينَ إِلَى ٱلْمَوْتِ، وَٱلْمَمْدُودِينَ لِلْقَتْلِ. لَا تَمْتَنِعْ. ١١ 11
Rescue those who are being taken away to death and hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter.
إِنْ قُلْتَ: «هُوَذَا لَمْ نَعْرِفْ هَذَا»، أَفَلَا يَفْهَمُ وَازِنُ ٱلْقُلُوبِ؟ وَحَافِظُ نَفْسِكَ أَلَا يَعْلَمُ؟ فَيَرُدُّ عَلَى ٱلْإِنْسَانِ مِثْلَ عَمَلِهِ. ١٢ 12
If you say, “Behold, we knew nothing about this,” does not the one who weighs the heart understand what you are saying? The one who guards your life, does he not know it? Will God not give to each one what he deserves?
يَا ٱبْنِي، كُلْ عَسَلًا لِأَنَّهُ طَيِّبٌ، وَقَطْرَ ٱلْعَسَلِ حُلْوٌ فِي حَنَكِكَ. ١٣ 13
My son, eat honey because it is good, because the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
كَذَلِكَ مَعْرِفَةُ ٱلْحِكْمَةِ لِنَفْسِكَ. إِذَا وَجَدْتَهَا فَلَا بُدَّ مِنْ ثَوَابٍ، وَرَجَاؤُكَ لَا يَخِيبُ. ١٤ 14
Such is wisdom for your soul— if you find it, there will be a future and your hope will not be cut off.
لَا تَكْمُنْ أَيُّهَا ٱلشِّرِّيرُ لِمَسْكَنِ ٱلصِّدِّيقِ. لَا تُخْرِبْ رَبْعَهُ. ١٥ 15
Do not lie in wait like the wicked person who attacks the house of the righteous person. Do not destroy his home!
لِأَنَّ ٱلصِّدِّيقَ يَسْقُطُ سَبْعَ مَرَّاتٍ وَيَقُومُ، أَمَّا ٱلْأَشْرَارُ فَيَعْثُرُونَ بِٱلشَّرِّ. ١٦ 16
For the righteous person falls down seven times and rises again, but wicked people are brought down by calamity.
لَا تَفْرَحْ بِسُقُوطِ عَدُوِّكَ، وَلَا يَبْتَهِجْ قَلْبُكَ إِذَا عَثَرَ، ١٧ 17
Do not celebrate when your enemy falls and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,
لِئَلَّا يَرَى ٱلرَّبُّ وَيَسُوءَ ذَلِكَ فِي عَيْنَيْهِ، فَيَرُدَّ عَنْهُ غَضَبَهُ. ١٨ 18
or Yahweh will see and disapprove and turn away his wrath from him.
لَا تَغَرْ مِنَ ٱلْأَشْرَارِ وَلَا تَحْسِدِ ٱلْأَثَمَةَ، ١٩ 19
Do not worry because of evildoers, and do not envy wicked people,
لِأَنَّهُ لَا يَكُونُ ثَوَابٌ لِلْأَشْرَارِ. سِرَاجُ ٱلْأَثَمَةِ يَنْطَفِئُ. ٢٠ 20
for the evil person has no future and the lamp of wicked people will go out.
يَا ٱبْنِي، ٱخْشَ ٱلرَّبَّ وَٱلْمَلِكَ. لَا تُخَالِطِ ٱلْمُتَقَلِّبِينَ، ٢١ 21
Fear Yahweh, and fear the king, my son; do not associate with those who rebel against them,
لِأَنَّ بَلِيَّتَهُمْ تَقُومُ بَغْتَةً، وَمَنْ يَعْلَمُ بَلَاءَهُمَا كِلَيْهِمَا. ٢٢ 22
for suddenly their disaster will come and who knows the extent of the destruction that will come from both of them?
هَذِهِ أَيْضًا لِلْحُكَمَاءِ: مُحَابَاةُ ٱلْوُجُوهِ فِي ٱلْحُكْمِ لَيْسَتْ صَالِحَةً. ٢٣ 23
These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging a case at law is not good.
مَنْ يَقُولُ لِلشِّرِّيرِ: «أَنْتَ صِدِّيقٌ» تَسُبُّهُ ٱلْعَامَّةُ. تَلْعَنُهُ ٱلشُّعُوبُ. ٢٤ 24
Whoever says to the wicked person, “You are a righteous person,” will be cursed by peoples and hated by nations.
أَمَّا ٱلَّذِينَ يُؤَدِّبُونَ فَيَنْعَمُونَ، وَبَرَكَةُ خَيْرٍ تَأْتِي عَلَيْهِمْ. ٢٥ 25
But those who discipline the wicked will have delight and gifts of goodness will come to them.
تُقَبَّلُ شَفَتَا مَنْ يُجَاوِبُ بِكَلَامٍ مُسْتَقِيمٍ. ٢٦ 26
The one who gives an honest answer gives a kiss on the lips.
هَيِّئْ عَمَلَكَ فِي ٱلْخَارِجِ وَأَعِدَّهُ فِي حَقْلِكَ، بَعْدُ تَبْنِي بَيْتَكَ. ٢٧ 27
Prepare your outdoor work, and make everything ready for yourself in the field; after that, build your house.
لَا تَكُنْ شَاهِدًا عَلَى قَرِيبِكَ بِلَا سَبَبٍ، فَهَلْ تُخَادِعُ بِشَفَتَيْكَ؟ ٢٨ 28
Do not bear witness against your neighbor without cause and do not deceive with your lips.
لَا تَقُلْ: «كَمَا فَعَلَ بِي هَكَذَا أَفْعَلُ بِهِ. أَرُدُّ عَلَى ٱلْإِنْسَانِ مِثْلَ عَمَلِهِ». ٢٩ 29
Do not say, “I will do to him what he has done to me; I will pay him back for what he has done.”
عَبَرْتُ بِحَقْلِ ٱلْكَسْلَانِ وَبِكَرْمِ ٱلرَّجُلِ ٱلنَّاقِصِ ٱلْفَهْمِ، ٣٠ 30
I went by the field of a lazy man, past the vineyard of the man having no sense.
فَإِذَا هُوَ قَدْ عَلَاهُ كُلَّهُ ٱلْقَرِيصُ، وَقَدْ غَطَّى ٱلْعَوْسَجُ وَجْهَهُ، وَجِدَارُ حِجَارَتِهِ ٱنْهَدَمَ. ٣١ 31
Thorns had grown up everywhere, the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down.
ثُمَّ نَظَرْتُ وَوَجَّهْتُ قَلْبِي. رَأَيْتُ وَقَبِلْتُ تَعْلِيمًا: ٣٢ 32
Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction.
نَوْمٌ قَلِيلٌ بَعْدُ نُعَاسٌ قَلِيلٌ، وَطَيُّ ٱلْيَدَيْنِ قَلِيلًا لِلرُّقُودِ، ٣٣ 33
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
فَيَأْتِي فَقْرُكَ كَعَدَّاءٍ وَعَوَزُكَ كَغَازٍ. ٣٤ 34
and poverty comes marching upon you, and your needs like an armed soldier.