1These also are proverbs of Solomon. d Prv 1, 1 . The men of Hezekiah,* king of Judah, transmitted them. 2God has glory in what he conceals, kings have glory in what they fathom. 3As the heavens in height, and the earth in depth, the heart of kings is unfathomable.
4Remove the dross from silver, and it comes forth perfectly purified; 5Remove the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne is made firm through righteousness.
6Claim no honor in the king's presence,* nor occupy the place of great men; 7For it is better that you be told, “Come up closer!” than that you be humbled before the prince. e Lk 14, 8ff .
8What your eyes have seen bring not forth hastily against an opponent; For what will you do later on when your neighbor puts you to shame? 9Discuss your case with your neighbor, but another man's secret do not disclose; 10Lest, hearing it, he reproach you, and your ill repute cease not.
11Like golden apples in silver settings are words spoken at the proper time.
12Like a golden earring, or a necklace of fine gold, is a wise reprover to an obedient ear.
13Like the coolness of snow in the heat of the harvest is a faithful messenger for the one who sends him. [He refreshes the soul of his master.] 14Like clouds and wind when no rain follows is the man who boastfully promises what he never gives.
15By patience is a ruler persuaded, f Prv 15, 1. 4 . and a soft tongue will break a bone.
16If you find honey, eat only what you need, lest you become glutted with it and vomit it up.
17Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have more than enough of you, and hate you.
18Like a club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow, is the man who bears false witness against his neighbor.
19Like an infected tooth or an unsteady foot is [dependence on] a faithless man in time of trouble.
20Like a moth in clothing, or a maggot in wood, sorrow gnaws at the human heart. g Sir 30, 24 .
21If your enemy be hungry, give him food to eat,* if he be thirsty, give him to drink; h Rom 12, 20 .
22For live coals you will heap on his head, and the LORD will vindicate you.
23The north wind brings rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.
24It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than in a roomy house with a quarrelsome woman. i Prv 21, 9 .
25Like cool water to one faint from thirst is good news from a far country.
26Like a troubled fountain or a polluted spring is a just man who gives way before the wicked.
27To eat too much honey is not good; nor to seek honor after honor.*
28Like an open city with no defenses is the man with no check on his feelings.