These also are 1proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.
It is the glory of God to 2conceal things, but the glory of kings is to 3search things out.
As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is 4unsearchable.
Take away 5the dross from the silver, and 6the smith has material for a vessel;
take away 7the wicked from the presence of the king, and his 8throne will be established in righteousness.
Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great,
for 9it is better to be told, "Come up here," than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.What your eyes have seen
810do not hastily bring into court, fora what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?
911Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another's secret,
lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.
1112A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Like 13a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to 14a listening ear.
Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is 15a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.
Like 16clouds and wind without rain is a man who 17boasts of a gift he does not give.
With 18patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
If you have 19found honey, eat 20only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
A man who 21bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or 22a sword, or a sharp arrow.
Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
Whoever 23sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.
2124If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
for you will heap 25burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
2426It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
Like cold water to 27a thirsty soul, so is 28good news from a far country.
Like 29a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
It is 30not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to 31seek one's own glory.b28
A man 32without self-control is like 33a city broken into and left without walls.