1Thesealso are 1proverbs of Solomonwhich the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.
It is the glory of God to 2conceal a matter, But the glory of 3kings is to search out a matter.
As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, So the heart of kings is unsearchable .
4Takeaway the 4dross from the silver, And there comes out a vessel for the 5smith;
5Takeaway the 6wickedbefore the king, And his 7throne will be established in righteousness.
Do not claimhonor in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of greatmen;
For 8it is better that it be said to you, "Come up here," Than for you to be placedlower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.
Do not go out 9hastily to aargue your case; bOtherwise, what will you do in cthe end, When your neighborhumiliates you?
9d10Argue your case with your neighbor, And 11do not reveal the secret of another,
10Or he who hears it will reproach you, And the evilreport about you will not epassaway.
Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a 12wordspoken in fright circumstances.
Like gan 13earring of gold and an 14ornament of 15finegold Is a wisereprover to a 16listeningear.
Like the cold of snow in the htime of harvest Is a 17faithfulmessenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
Like 18clouds and 19windwithoutrain Is a man who boastsiof his giftsfalsely.
By j20forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a softtonguebreaks the bone.
Have you 21foundhoney? Eat only kwhat you need, That you not have it in excess and vomit it.
Let your footrarely be in your neighbor'shouse, Or he will becomelweary of you and hate you.
Like a club and a 22sword and a sharp23arrow Is a man who bears24falsewitness against his neighbor.
Like a badtooth and man unsteadyfoot Is confidence in a 25faithless man in time of trouble.
Like one who takesoff a garment on a coldday, or like vinegar on nsoda, Is he who singssongs to oa troubledheart.
2126Ifpyour enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
For you will qheap burning coals on his head, And 27the LORD will reward you.
The northwindbringsforthrain, And a r28backbitingtongue, an angrycountenance.
It is 29better to live in a corner of the roofThansin a houseshared with a contentiouswoman.
Like coldwater to a wearysoul, So is 30goodnews from a distantland.
Like a 31trampledspring and a tpollutedwell Is a righteousman who giveswaybefore the wicked.
It is not good to eatmuchhoney, Nor is it glory to 32search out uone's own glory.
Like a 33city that is broken into and withoutwalls Is a man34whohasnocontrol over his spirit.