More Proverbs of Solomon1These also are a proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied. 2 It is the glory of God to b conceal things,
but the glory of kings is to c search things out.
3As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,
so the heart of kings is d unsearchable.
4Take away e the dross from the silver,
and f the smith has material for a vessel;
5take away g the wicked from the presence of the king,
and his h throne will be established in righteousness.
6Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence
or stand in the place of the great,
7for i it is better to be told, “Come up here,”
than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.
What your eyes have seen
8 j do not hastily bring into court,
▼Hebrew or elsewhat will you do in the end,
when your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 l Argue your case with your neighbor himself,
and do not reveal another’s secret,
10lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,
and your ill repute have no end.
11 m A word fitly spoken
is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
12Like n a gold ring or an ornament of gold
is a wise reprover to o a listening ear.
13Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest
is p a faithful messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14Like q clouds and wind without rain
is a man who r boasts of a gift he does not give.
15 With s patience a ruler may be persuaded,
and a soft tongue will break a bone.
16If you have t found honey, eat u only enough for you,
lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
17Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,
lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
18A man who v bears false witness against his neighbor
is like a war club, or w a sword, or a sharp arrow.
19Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble
is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
20Whoever x sings songs to a heavy heart
is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,
and like vinegar on soda.
21 y If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
22for you will heap z burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.
23The north wind brings forth rain,
and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
24 aa It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
25Like cold water to ab a thirsty soul,
so is ac good news from a far country.
26Like ad a muddied spring or a polluted fountain
is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
27It is ae not good to eat much honey,
nor is it glorious to af seek one’s own glory. ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew line is uncertain
28A man ah without self-control
is like ai a city broken into and left without walls.
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