More Proverbs of Solomon
1These are also proverbs of Solomon which officials of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:
2The glory of God#Or “gods” conceals things,
but the glory of kings searches out things.
3As heaven is to height and the earth is to depth,
so is the heart#Or “mind” of kings—there is no searching.
4Remove the dross from silver,
and it will become a vessel for the smith.
5Remove the wicked before a king,
and his throne will be established in righteousness.#Hebrew “in the righteousness”
6Do not promote yourself before the king,
and in the place of the great ones do not stand.
7For it is better that he say to you, “Ascend here,”
than he humble you before a noble.
What your eyes have seen,
8do not hastily bring out to court,
for#Or “lest” what will you do at its end,
when your neighbor puts you to shame?
9Argue your argument with your neighbor himself,
the secret of another do not disclose,
10lest he who hears shame you
and your ill repute will not end.
11Apples of gold in a setting of silver
is a matter spoken at#Hebrew “on” its proper time.
12A ring of gold and an ornament of fine gold
is a rebuke of the wise to the ear of a listener.
13Like the cold of snow on a day#Or “at a season” of harvest
is a faithful messenger to those who send him,
and the soul#Or “life,” or “inner self” of his master is refreshed.#Or “returned”
14Like clouds and wind when there is no rain,
so too is a man who boasts in a gift of deception.
15With patience#Literally “With length of face” a ruler may be persuaded,
and a soft tongue will break a bone.#Or “strength”
16If you find honey, eat what is sufficient for you,
lest you have your fill of it and vomit it out.
17Make your foot scarce in the house of your neighbor,
lest he become weary of you and hate you.
18Like a club and sword and a sharp arrow
is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.
19A bad tooth and a lame foot
is the trust of a faithless person in a time#Literally “on a day” of trouble.
20Like one who removes a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on natron,#A mineral salt found on dry lake beds often used as a preservative.
is he who sings songs to a heavy heart.
21If your enemy is hungry, feed him bread,
and if thirsty, let him drink water.
22For coals of fire you will heap upon his head,
and Yahweh will reward you.
23The wind of the north produces rain,
and a backbiting tongue, angry faces.
24Better to live upon the corner of a roof
than with a woman#Or “wife” of contention and in a shared house.
25Like cold water#Hebrew “waters” upon a weary soul,#Or “life,” or “inner self”
so too is good news from a distant place.
26Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain
is the righteous who gives way before the wicked.
27To eat much honey is not good,
nor is seeking one’s honor#Hebrew “their honor” honorable.
28A breached city where there is no wall
is like a man who has no#Literally “there is no” self-control for his spirit.