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Hezekiah’s Collection
1These too are proverbs of Solomon, # Pr 1:1
which the men of Hezekiah, # 2Kg 18–20 king of Judah, copied.
2It is the glory of God to conceal a matter # Dt 29:29; Rm 11:33
and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.
3As the heaven is high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings cannot be investigated.
4Remove impurities from silver, # Ezk 22:18; Mal 3:2-3
and a vessel will be produced # Lit will come out ; Ex 32:24 for a silversmith. # 2Tm 2:21
5Remove the wicked from the king’s presence, # Pr 20:8,26
and his throne will be established in righteousness. # Pr 16:12
6Don’t brag about yourself before the king,
and don’t stand in the place of the great;
7for it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here! ”
than to demote you in plain view of a noble. # Lit you before a noble whom your eyes see # Lk 14:7-11
8Don’t take a matter to court hastily. # Pr 17:14; Mt 5:25; 1Co 6:7
Otherwise, what will you do afterward
if your opponent # Or neighbor humiliates you?
9Make your case with your opponent # Or neighbor
without revealing another’s secret; # Pr 17:9; Mt 18:15
10otherwise, the one who hears will disgrace you,
and you’ll never live it down. # Lit and your evil report will not turn back
11A word spoken at the right time
is like gold apples on a silver tray. # Or like apples of gold in settings of silver # Pr 8:10; 15:23; 16:16
12A wise correction to a receptive ear # Pr 15:31
is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.
13To those who send him, a trustworthy messenger
is like the coolness of snow on a harvest day;
he refreshes the life of his masters. # Pr 13:17; 16:24; 25:25
14The man who boasts about a gift that does not exist
is like clouds and wind without rain. # Jd 12
15A ruler can be persuaded through patience,
and a gentle tongue can break a bone. # Pr 15:1; 16:14,32; Ec 10:4
16If you find honey, # Jdg 14:8; 1Sm 14:25 eat only what you need;
otherwise, you’ll get sick from it and vomit. # Pr 25:27
17Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house;
otherwise, he’ll get sick of you and hate you.
18A man giving false testimony against his neighbor # Ex 20:16; Pr 24:28
is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow. # Ps 57:4; Pr 12:18
19Trusting an unreliable person in a difficult time
is like a rotten tooth or a faltering foot. # 2Kg 18:21
20Singing songs to a troubled heart
is like taking off clothing on a cold day
or like pouring vinegar on soda. # Lit natron, or sodium carbonate # Rm 12:15
21If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat,
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; # Ex 23:4-5; 2Kg 6:22; 2Ch 28:15; Mt 5:44; Rm 12:20
22for you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the Lord will reward you. # Mt 6:4
23The north wind produces rain,
and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
24Better to live on the corner of a roof
than to share a house with a nagging wife. # Pr 15:17; 17:1; 21:9,19
25Good news from a distant land
is like cold water to a parched throat. # Or a weary person # Pr 15:30
26A righteous person who yields to the wicked # Dt 13:6-8; Gl 2:4-5
is like a muddied spring or a polluted well. # Ezk 32:2; 34:18-19
27It is not good to eat too much honey # Pr 25:16
or to seek glory after glory. # Lit seek their glory, glory # Pr 27:2
28A man who does not control his temper # Pr 16:32; 29:11
is like a city whose wall is broken down. # Neh 1:3

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