More Wise Sayings of Solomon
1These are more wise sayings of Solomon. They were copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah.
2God is honored for what he keeps secret.
Kings are honored for what they can discover.
3No one can measure the height of the skies or the depth of the earth.
So also no one can understand the mind of a king.
4Remove the scum from the silver.
Then the silver can be used by the silversmith.
5Remove wicked people from the king’s presence.
Then his government will be honest and last a long time.
6Don’t brag to the king.
Don’t act as if you are a great man.
7It is better for him to promote you to a higher job
than to give you a less important position.
Because of something you have seen,
8do not quickly take someone to court.
What will you do later
when your neighbor proves you are wrong?
9If you have an argument with your neighbor,
don’t tell other people what was said.
10Whoever hears it might say bad things about you.
And you might not ever be respected again.
11The right word spoken at the right time
is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl.
12The warning of a wise person is valuable to someone who will listen.
It is worth as much as gold earrings or fine gold jewelry.
13A trustworthy messenger refreshes those who send him.
He is like the coolness of snow in the summertime.
14People who brag about gifts they never give
are like clouds and wind that give no rain.
15With patience you can convince a ruler.
And a gentle word can get through to the hard-headed.
16If you find honey, don’t eat too much.
Too much of it will make you sick.
17Don’t go to your neighbor’s house too often.
Too much of you will make him hate you.
18Anyone who lies about his neighbor
hurts him as a club, a sword or a sharp arrow would.
19Don’t trust unfaithful people when you are in trouble.
It’s like eating with a broken tooth or walking with a crippled foot.
20Don’t sing songs to someone who is sad.
It’s like taking off a coat on a cold day
or pouring vinegar on soda.
21If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
If he is thirsty, give him a drink.
22Doing this will be like pouring burning coals on his head.
And the Lord will reward you.
23The north wind brings rain.
In the same way, telling gossip brings angry looks.
24It is better to live in a corner on the roof# In Bible times houses were built with flat roofs. The roof was used for drying things such as flax and fruit. And it was used as an extra room, as a place for worship and as a place to sleep in the summer.
than inside the house with a quarreling wife.
25Hearing good news from a faraway place
is like having a cool drink when you are tired.
26A good person who gives in to evil
is like a muddy spring or a dirty well.
27It is not good to eat too much honey.
In the same way, it is not good to brag about yourself.
28A person who does not control himself
is like a city whose walls have been broken down.