2O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,
2I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense.
2When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.
2When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.
2Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth–a stranger, not your own lips.
2Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.
2It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.
2For their hearts plot violence, and their words always stir up trouble.
2If you are a big eater, put a knife to your throat;