23A friend and companion never meet amiss: but above both is a wife with her husband. 24Brethren and help are against time of trouble: but alms shall deliver more than them both. 25Gold and silver make the foot stand sure: but counsel is esteemed above them both. 26Riches and strength lift up the heart: but the fear of the Lord is above them both: there is no want in the fear of the Lord, and it needeth not to seek help.27The fear of the Lord is a fruitful garden, and covereth him above all glory. 28My son, lead not a beggar's life; for better it is to die than to beg. 29The life of him that dependeth on another man's table is not to be counted for a life; for he polluteth himself with other men's meat: but a wise man well nurtured will beware thereof.