|1||These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezeki'ah king of Judah copied.||SOLOMON'S PROVERBS (continued).|
|2||It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.|
|3||As the heavens for height, |
and the earth for depth,
so the mind of kings is unsearchable.
|4||Take away the dross from the silver, |
and the smith has material for a vessel;
|5||take away the wicked from the presence of the king, |
and his throne will be established in righteousness.
|6||Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence |
or stand in the place of the great;
|7||for it is better to be told, "Come up here," |
than to be put lower in the presence of the prince.
What your eyes have seen
|8||do not hastily bring into court; |
for what will you do in the end,
when your neighbor puts you to shame?
|9||Argue your case with your neighbor himself, |
and do not disclose another's secret;
|10||lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, |
and your ill repute have no end.
|11||A word fitly spoken |
is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
|12||Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold |
is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
|13||Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest |
is a faithful messenger to those who send him,
he refreshes the spirit of his masters.
|14||Like clouds and wind without rain |
is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
|15||With patience a ruler may be persuaded, |
and a soft tongue will break a bone.
|16||If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, |
lest you be sated with it and vomit it.
|17||Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, |
lest he become weary of you and hate you.
|18||A man who bears false witness against his neighbor |
is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
|19||Trust in a faithless man in time of trouble |
is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
|20||He who sings songs to a heavy heart |
is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,
and like vinegar on a wound.
|21||If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; |
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
|22||for you will heap coals of fire on his head, |
and the LORD will reward you.
|23||The north wind brings forth rain; |
and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
|24||It is better to live in a corner of the housetop |
than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
|25||Like cold water to a thirsty soul, |
so is good news from a far country.
|26||Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain |
is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
|27||It is not good to eat much honey, |
so be sparing of complimentary words.
|28||A man without self-control|
is like a city broken into and left without walls.
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