1These are more proverbs of Solomon. They were copied down by the men of Hezekiah, the king of Judah.2When God hides a matter, he gets glory. When kings figure out a matter, they get glory.3The heavens are high and the earth is deep. In the same way, the minds of kings are hard to figure out.4Remove the scum from the silver. Then the master worker can make something.5Remove sinful people from where the king is. When he does what is right, his kingdom will be secure.6Don't brag in front of the king. Don't claim a place among great people.7Let the king say to you, "Come up here." That's better than for him to shame you in front of nobles. What you have seen with your own eyes8don't bring too quickly to court. What will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?9If you talk about a matter with your neighbor, don't tell others what was said.10If you do, someone might hear it and put you to shame. Then no one will ever respect you again.11The right word at the right time is like golden apples in silver jewelry.12A wise person's warning to a listening ear is like a gold earring or jewelry made of fine gold.13A messenger trusted by those who send him is like cool snow at harvest time. He renews the spirit of his masters.14A man who brags about gifts he doesn't give is like wind and clouds that don't produce rain.15If you are patient, you can win an official over to your side. And gentle words can break a bone.16If you find honey, eat just enough. If you eat too much of it, you will throw up.17Don't go to your neighbor's home very often. If he sees too much of you, he will hate you.18A man who gives false witness against his neighbor is like a club, a sword or a sharp arrow.19Trusting someone who is not faithful when trouble comes is like a bad tooth or a disabled foot.20You may sing songs to a troubled heart. But that's like taking a coat away on a cold day. It's like pouring vinegar on baking soda.21If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat. If he is thirsty, give him water to drink.22By doing those things, you will pile up burning coals on his head. And the LORD will reward you.23The north wind brings rain. And a crafty tongue brings angry looks.24It is better to live on a corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.25Hearing good news from a land far away is like drinking cold water when you are tired.26Sometimes a godly person gives in to those who are evil. Then he becomes like a muddy spring of water or a polluted well.27It isn't good for you to eat too much honey. And you shouldn't try to get others to honor you.28A man who can't control himself is like a city whose walls are broken down.
1It isn't proper to honor a foolish person. That's like having snow in summer or rain at harvest time.2A curse given for no reason is like a wandering bird or a flying sparrow. It doesn't go anywhere.3A whip is for a horse. A harness is for a donkey. And a beating is for the backs of foolish people.4Don't answer a foolish person in keeping with his foolish acts. If you do, you will be like him yourself.5Answer a foolish person in keeping with his foolish acts. If you do, he won't be wise in his own eyes.6Sending a message in the hand of a foolish person is like cutting off your feet or drinking something harmful.7A proverb in the mouth of a foolish person is like disabled legs that are useless.8Giving honor to a foolish person is like tying a stone in a slingshot.9A proverb in the mouth of a foolish person is like a thorn in the hand of someone who is drunk.10Anyone who hires a foolish person or someone who is passing by is like a person who shoots arrows at just anybody.11A foolish person who does the same foolish things again is like a dog that returns to where it has thrown up.12Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a foolish person than for him.13A person who doesn't want to work says, "There's a lion in the road! There's an angry lion wandering in the streets!"14A person who doesn't want to work turns over in bed just like a door that swings back and forth.15A person who doesn't want to work leaves his hand in the dish. He acts as if he is too tired to bring it back up to his mouth.16A person who doesn't want to work is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who give careful answers.17Don't get mixed up in someone else's fight as you are passing by. That's like picking a dog up by its ears.18Suppose a crazy person shoots flaming arrows that can kill.19A man who lies to his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!" is just like that person.20If you don't have wood, your fire goes out. If you don't talk about others, arguing dies down.21Coal glows. Wood burns. And a man who argues stirs up fights.22The words of anyone who talks about others are like tasty bites of food. They go deep down inside you.23Warm words that come from an evil heart are like shiny paint on a clay pot.24Someone who wants to hurt you uses his words to hide his hatred. But his heart is full of lies that cover up his evil plans.25What a person says can be charming. But don't believe him. Seven things that God hates can fill that person's heart.26Hatred can be hidden by lies. But what is evil will be shown to everyone.27If anyone digs a pit, he will fall into it. If he rolls a big stone, it will roll back on him.28A tongue that tells lies hates the people it hurts. And words that seem to praise you destroy you.