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More proverbs of Solomon
1These are also proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah:
2It is the glory of God to hide something
and the glory of kings to discover something.
3Like the high heavens and the depths of the earth,
so the mind of a king is unsearchable.
4Remove the dross from the silver,
and a vessel will come out for the refiner.
5Remove the wicked from the king’s presence,
and his throne will be established in righteousness.
6Don’t exalt yourself in the presence of the king,
or stand in the place of important people,
7because it is better that he say to you,
"Come up here,"
than to be demoted before a ruler.
What your eyes see, 8don’t be quick to quarrel over;
what will you do in the future when your neighbor shames you?
9Argue it out with your neighbor,
and don’t give away someone’s secret.
10Otherwise, the one who hears it will vilify you;
the slander against you will never stop.
11Words spoken at the right time
are like gold apples in a silver setting.
12Wise correction to an ear that listens
is like a gold earring or jewelry of fine gold.
13Like the coolness of snow on a harvest day
are reliable messengers to those who send them;
they restore the life of their master.
14People who brag about a gift never given
are like clouds and wind that produce no rain.
15A commander can be persuaded with patience,
and a tender tongue can break a bone.
16If you find honey, eat just the right amount;
otherwise, you’ll get full and vomit it up.
17Don’t spend too much time in your neighbor’s house.
Otherwise, they’ll get fed up with you and hate you.
18People who testify falsely against their neighbors
are like a club, sword, and sharpened arrow.
19Trusting a treacherous person at a difficult time
is like having a bad tooth or a wobbly foot.
20Singing a song to a troubled heart
is like taking off a garment on a cold day
or putting vinegar on a wound.#LXX; MT vinegar on natron (a detergent)
21If your enemies are starving, feed them some bread;
if they are thirsty, give them water to drink.
22By doing this, you will heap burning coals on their heads,
and the Lord will reward you.
23The north wind stirs up rain,
and a person who plots quietly provokes angry faces.
24Better to live on the edge of a roof
than to share a house with a contentious woman.
25Good news from a distant land
is like cold water for a weary person.
26A righteous person giving in to the wicked
is like a contaminated spring or a polluted fountain.
27Eating too much honey isn’t good,
nor is it appropriate to seek honor.
28A person without self-control
is like a breached city, one with no walls.
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