These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of
Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
2It is the glory of God to
conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
3The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings
4Take away the dross from the silver, and there
shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
5Take away the wicked
from before the king, and his throne shall be established in
6Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and
stand not in the place of great men:
7For better it is
that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put
lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end
thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
9Debate thy cause
with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
10Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy
turn not away.
11A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in
pictures of silver.
12As an earring of gold, and an ornament of
fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to
them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without
15By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue
breaketh the bone.
16Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient
for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
foot from thy neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so
18A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour
is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
19Confidence in an
unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot
out of joint.
20As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather,
and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an
21If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he
be thirsty, give him water to drink:
22For thou shalt heap coals of fire
upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.
23The north wind driveth
away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
24It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with
a brawling woman and in a wide house.
25As cold waters to a
thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a
27It is not good to eat much honey: so for
men to search their own glory is not glory.
hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that
is broken down, and without walls.