If you take your neighbor to court, do not betray another’s confidence,
or the one who hears it may shame you and the charge against you will stand.
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given.
Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.
Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.
Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it, and you will vomit.
Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house— too much of you, and they will hate you.
Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.
Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.