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More Proverbs of Solomon
1These are more proverbs of Solomon. They were copied down by the men of Hezekiah, the king of Judah.
2When God hides a matter, he gets glory.
When kings figure out a matter, they get glory.
3The heavens are high and the earth is deep.
In the same way, the minds of kings are hard to figure out.
4Remove the scum from the silver.
Then the master worker can make something.
5Remove sinful people from where the king is.
When he does what is right, his kingdom will be secure.
6Don't brag in front of the king.
Don't claim a place among great people.
7Let the king say to you, "Come up here."
That's better than for him to shame you in front of nobles. What you have seen with your own eyes
8don't bring too quickly to court.
What will you do in the end
if your neighbor puts you to shame?
9If you talk about a matter with your neighbor,
don't tell others what was said.
10If you do, someone might hear it and put you to shame.
Then no one will ever respect you again.
11The right word at the right time
is like golden apples in silver jewelry.
12A wise person's warning to a listening ear
is like a gold earring or jewelry made of fine gold.
13A messenger trusted by those who send him
is like cool snow at harvest time.
He renews the spirit of his masters.
14A man who brags about gifts he doesn't give
is like wind and clouds that don't produce rain.
15If you are patient, you can win an official over to your side.
And gentle words can break a bone.
16If you find honey, eat just enough.
If you eat too much of it, you will throw up.
17Don't go to your neighbor's home very often.
If he sees too much of you, he will hate you.
18A man who gives false witness against his neighbor
is like a club, a sword or a sharp arrow.
19Trusting someone who is not faithful when trouble comes
is like a bad tooth or a disabled foot.
20You may sing songs to a troubled heart.
But that's like taking a coat away on a cold day.
It's like pouring vinegar on baking soda.
21If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat.
If he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22By doing those things, you will pile up burning coals on his head.
And the Lord will reward you.
23The north wind brings rain.
And a crafty tongue brings angry looks.
24It is better to live on a corner of a roof
than to share a house with a nagging wife.
25Hearing good news from a land far away
is like drinking cold water when you are tired.
26Sometimes a godly person gives in to those who are evil.
Then he becomes like a muddy spring of water or a polluted well.
27It isn't good for you to eat too much honey.
And you shouldn't try to get others to honor you.
28A man who can't control himself
is like a city whose walls are broken down.
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