1There are also these proverbs of Solomon, collected by scribes of Hezekiah, king of Judah.2God delights in concealing things; scientists delight in discovering things.3Like the horizons for breadth and the ocean for depth, the understanding of a good leader is broad and deep.4Remove impurities from the silver and the silversmith can craft a fine chalice;5Remove the wicked from leadership and authority will be credible and God-honoring.6Don't work yourself into the spotlight; don't push your way into the place of prominence.7It's better to be promoted to a place of honor than face humiliation by being demoted.8Don't jump to conclusions - there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw.9In the heat of an argument, don't betray confidences;10Word is sure to get around, and no one will trust you.11The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry,12And a wise friend's timely reprimand is like a gold ring slipped on your finger.13Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in sweltering heat - refreshing!14Like billowing clouds that bring no rain is the person who talks big but never produces.15Patient persistence pierces through indifference; gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses. A Person Without Self-Control16When you're given a box of candy, don't gulp it all down; eat too much chocolate and you'll make yourself sick;17And when you find a friend, don't outwear your welcome; show up at all hours and he'll soon get fed up.18Anyone who tells lies against the neighbors in court or on the street is a loose cannon.19Trusting a double-crosser when you're in trouble is like biting down on an abscessed tooth.20Singing light songs to the heavyhearted is like pouring salt in their wounds.21If you see your enemy hungry, go buy him lunch; if he's thirsty, bring him a drink.22Your generosity will surprise him with goodness, and God will look after you.23A north wind brings stormy weather, and a gossipy tongue stormy looks.24Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack than share a mansion with a nagging spouse.25Like a cool drink of water when you're worn out and weary is a letter from a long-lost friend.26A good person who gives in to a bad person is a muddied spring, a polluted well.27It's not smart to stuff yourself with sweets, nor is glory piled on glory good for you.28A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.
1We no more give honors to fools than pray for snow in summer or rain during harvest.2You have as little to fear from an undeserved curse as from the dart of a wren or the swoop of a swallow.3A whip for the racehorse, a tiller for the sailboat - and a stick for the back of fools!4Don't respond to the stupidity of a fool; you'll only look foolish yourself.5Answer a fool in simple terms so he doesn't get a swelled head.6You're only asking for trouble when you send a message by a fool.7A proverb quoted by fools is limp as a wet noodle.8Putting a fool in a place of honor is like setting a mud brick on a marble column.9To ask a moron to quote a proverb is like putting a scalpel in the hands of a drunk.10Hire a fool or a drunk and you shoot yourself in the foot.11As a dog eats its own vomit, so fools recycle silliness.12See that man who thinks he's so smart? You can expect far more from a fool than from him.13Loafers say, "It's dangerous out there! Tigers are prowling the streets!" and then pull the covers back over their heads.14Just as a door turns on its hinges, so a lazybones turns back over in bed.15A shiftless sluggard puts his fork in the pie, but is too lazy to lift it to his mouth. Like Glaze on Cracked Pottery16Dreamers fantasize their self-importance; they think they are smarter than a whole college faculty.17You grab a mad dog by the ears when you butt into a quarrel that's none of your business.18People who shrug off deliberate deceptions, saying, "I didn't mean it, I was only joking,"19Are worse than careless campers who walk away from smoldering campfires.20When you run out of wood, the fire goes out; when the gossip ends, the quarrel dies down.21A quarrelsome person in a dispute is like kerosene thrown on a fire.22Listening to gossip is like eating cheap candy; do you want junk like that in your belly?23Smooth talk from an evil heart is like glaze on cracked pottery.24Your enemy shakes hands and greets you like an old friend, all the while conniving against you.25When he speaks warmly to you, don't believe him for a minute; he's just waiting for the chance to rip you off.26No matter how cunningly he conceals his malice, eventually his evil will be exposed in public.27Malice backfires; spite boomerangs.28Liars hate their victims; flatterers sabotage trust.