Similitudes, Instructions1 These also are a proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed. 2 It is the glory of God to b conceal a matter,
But the glory of c kings is to search out a matter.
3 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth,
So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the d dross from the silver,
And there comes out a vessel for the e smith;
5 Take away the f wicked before the king,
And his g throne will be established in righteousness.
6 Do not claim honor in the presence of the king,
And do not stand in the place of great men;
7 For h it is better that it be said to you, “Come up here,”
Than for you to be placed lower in the presence of the prince,
Whom your eyes have seen.
8 Do not go out i hastily to ▼
▼ Lit contendargue your case;
▼ Lit LestOtherwise, what will you do in ▼
▼ Lit itsthe end,
When your neighbor humiliates you?
▼ Lit Contend, n Argue your case with your neighbor,
And o do not reveal the secret of another,
10 Or he who hears it will reproach you,
And the evil report about you will not ▼
▼ Lit returnpass away.
11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a q word spoken in ▼
▼ Lit itsright circumstances.
12 Like ▼
▼ Or a nose ringan t earring of gold and an u ornament of v fine gold
Is a wise reprover to a w listening ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in the ▼
▼ Lit daytime of harvest
Is a y faithful messenger to those who send him,
For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14 Like z clouds and aa wind without rain
Is a man who boasts ▼
▼ Lit in a gift of falsehoodof his gifts falsely.
15 By ▼
▼ Lit length of anger, ad forbearance a ruler may be persuaded,
And a soft tongue breaks the bone.
16 Have you ae found honey? Eat only ▼
▼ Lit your sufficiencywhat you need,
That you not have it in excess and vomit it.
17 Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house,
Or he will become ▼
▼ Lit surfeited withweary of you and hate you.
18 Like a club and a ah sword and a sharp ai arrow
Is a man who bears aj false witness against his neighbor.
19 Like a bad tooth and ▼
▼ Lit a slipping footan unsteady foot
Is confidence in a al faithless man in time of trouble.
20 Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on ▼
▼ I.e. natronsoda,
Is he who sings songs to ▼
▼ Lit an evila troubled heart.
21 ao If ▼
▼ Lit one who hates youyour enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
22 For you will ▼
▼ Lit snatch upheap burning coals on his head,
And ar the Lord will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain,
And a ▼
▼ Lit tongue of secrecy, at backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.
24 It is au better to live in a corner of the roof
▼ Lit with a woman of contentions and a house of associationin a house shared with a contentious woman.
25 Like cold water to a weary soul,
So is aw good news from a distant land.
26 Like a ax trampled spring and a ▼
▼ Lit ruinedpolluted well
Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat much honey,
Nor is it glory to az search out ▼
▼ Lit theirone’s own glory.
28 Like a bb city that is broken into and without walls
Is a man bc who has no control over his spirit.
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