These too are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, copied.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.
As the heaven is high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings cannot be investigated.
Remove impurities from silver, and a vessel will be produceda for a silversmith.
Remove the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
Don't brag about yourself before the king, and don't stand in the place of the great;
for it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here!" than to demote you in plain view of a noble.bc8
Don't take a matter to court hastily. Otherwise, what will you do afterwards if your opponentd humiliates you?
Make your case with your opponente without revealing another's secret;
otherwise, the one who hears will disgrace you, and you'll never live it down.fg11
A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray.hi12
A wise correction to a receptive ear is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.
To those who send him, a trustworthy messenger is like the coolness of snow on a harvest day; he refreshes the life of his masters.j14
The man who boasts about a gift that does not exist is like clouds and wind without rain.
A ruler can be persuaded through patience, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.k16
If you find honey, eat only what you need; otherwise, you'll get sick from it and vomit.l17
Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house; otherwise, he'll get sick of you and hate you.
A man giving false testimony against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.
Trusting an unreliable person in a time of trouble is like a rotten tooth or a faltering foot.
Singing songs to a troubled heart is like taking off clothing on a cold day, or like [pouring] vinegar on soda.m21
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
for you will heap coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.n23
The north wind produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
Better to live on the corner of a roof than in a house shared with a nagging wife.o25
Good news from a distant land is like cold water to a parched throat.pq26
A righteous person who yields to the wicked is like a muddied spring or a polluted well.
It is not good to eat too much honey,r or to seek glory after glory.
A man who does not control his tempers is like a city whose wall is broken down.