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1別人推選你當主席麼﹖你不要自高;你在賓客中間,要與同席的一樣。1Have you been chosen to preside at a party? Don't give yourself airs! Just be like everyone else in the group; see to their needs and then sit down.
2招待了他們,你纔可入座;盡完你的義務,纔可入席,2When you have done what you should, take your place and enjoy yourself with the others. They will congratulate you for a job well done.
3好同他們一起歡樂;因你禮貌週到,你必能獲得榮冠,和眾賓客的敬意。3If you are older, speak as befits your age, but know what you are talking about and do not interrupt the music.
4年長的人,請你發言,因為此事於你是相宜的,4If there is a concert, refrain from speaking; it is not the time for playing the wise man.
5你應以老練的學識發言,但不要防礙音樂。5A musical concert at a wine banquet is like a ruby set in gold.
6別人不聽的時候,你就不要勞叨;不合時機,也不要顯露你的智慧。6As an emerald signet set in a work of gold, so is the music with good wine.
7酒席間伴奏的音樂,有如金飾上的紅玉印章。7If you are young, speak if you have to, but not more than twice and only if requested.
8歡樂有節的宴會中,音樂家的合奏曲,有如金器上的翡翠印章。8Keep to the point and say it all in a few words. Show that you are well informed but not over-anxious to speak.
9你要靜靜地聽,因為你謙恭,別人對你必有好感。9Do not try to be the equal of eminent people and do not chat when someone else is speaking.
10青年人,人若一再追問你,10As lightning goes before thunder, the reputation of a modest man goes before him.
11假使你必須說,你就說罷!11Leave the party at the right time and do not be slow about it; no lingering, go straight home!
12但說話時,要把握要點,言簡意賅,現出你是一位明智,而沈默的人。12There you may relax and do as you please, but do not sin by bragging.
13在大人物中,不要想你也是大人物;有長老在前,你不應多說話。13And thank your Creator for the enjoyment of all good things.
14雷鳴以前,先有閃電;端莊的人,先受歡迎。有了這番敬意,你纔能取得人的愛戴。14Whoever fears the Lord will accept his correction, and those who rise at dawn will win his favor.
15到了散席的時候,不要落後;及早回家,不要拖延。15The man who follows his Law will be nourished by it, but the hypocrite will find it a stumbling block.
16在那裡你可以散心,作你想作的事,但不要因言語傲慢而犯罪。16Those who fear the Lord will please him and their good deeds will shine as a light.
17為這一切,你要讚頌上主,他造生了你,又用他的美物,使你滿足。17The sinner refuses correction and excuses himself for doing what he wants.
18凡敬畏上主的,必能接受他的教訓;凡尋找他的,必能討他的歡心。18A person of judgment reflects beforehand; the stubborn and proud man goes ahead without worrying about anything.
19尋求法律的,必為法律所滿足;冒充善人的,必因法律而失足。19Never act without first reflecting, and you will have no regrets.
20凡敬畏上主的,必獲得正義的審判;他們要使正直的行為,照耀如光。20Do not go along a rough road lest you stumble on stones.
21犯罪的人,不理會譴責,卻找尋藉口,作自己願意的事。明智人不掩藏智慧。譏笑人的,不謹守自己的口舌;明智人不接受禮物;驕傲和譏笑人的,不遵守法律。21And do not be too sure of your step on a smooth path.
22明智人不輕視別人的意見;不虔敬和驕傲的人,卻無所畏懼。22Beware even of your own children.
23人不徵求意見,冒昧從事,事後必對自己的輕率,感到慚愧。23Be careful in whatever you do. In so doing you keep the commandments.
24我兒,不加考慮,什麼事也不要作;如此,事成以後,你就不至於後悔。24Those who trust in the Law will keep the commandments and those who obey the Lord will come to no harm.
25你不要行崎嶇的道路,怕你碰在石頭上,因而跌倒;也不要自信所走的路,是平坦的路,怕你給自己放上絆腳石。25
26要管束你的子女,應留意你的家人;在你的一切行徑上,要持守你的心神;因為凡這樣作的人,就是遵守誡命。26
27在你所作的一切事上,應信賴你的良知,因為這就是遵守誡命。27
28凡信賴法律的,必注重誡命;凡倚賴上主的,決不會受害。28
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