1Here are some more of Solomon's proverbs, transcribed at the court of Hezekiah king of Judah: 2To conceal a matter, this is the glory of God, to sift it thoroughly, the glory of kings. 3The heavens for height and the earth for depth, unfathomable, as are the hearts of kings. 4From silver remove the dross and it emerges wholly purified; 5from the king's presence remove the wicked and on uprightness his throne is founded. 6In the presence of the king do not give yourself airs, do not take a place among the great; 7better to be invited, 'Come up here', than be humiliated in the presence of the prince. 8What your eyes have witnessed do not produce too quickly at the trial, for what are you to do at theend should your neighbour confute you? 9Have the quarrel out with your neighbour. but do not disclose another's secret, 10for fear your listener put you to shame, and the loss of repute be irremediable. 11Like apples of gold inlaid with silver is a word that is aptly spoken. 12A golden ring, an ornament of finest gold, is a wise rebuke to an attentive ear. 13The coolness of snow in harvest time, such is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him: herevives the soul of his master. 14Clouds and wind, but no rain: such is anyone whose promises are princely but never kept. 15With patience a judge may be cajoled: a soft tongue breaks bones. 16Eat to your satisfaction what honey you may find, but not to excess or you wil bring it up again. 17Do not set foot too often in your neighbour's house, for fear the neighbour tire of you and come tohate you. 18A mace, a sword, a piercing arrow, such is anyone who bears false witness against a companion. 19Decaying tooth, lame foot, such is the fickle when trusted in time of trouble: 20as well take off your coat in bitter weather. You are pouring vinegar on a wound when you sing songsto a sorrowing heart. 21If your enemy is hungry, give him something to eat; if thirsty, something to drink. 22By this you will be heaping red-hot coals on his head, and Yahweh wil reward you. 23The north wind begets the rain, and a backbiting tongue, black looks. 24Better the corner of a roof to live on than a house shared with a quarrelsome woman. 25Cold water to a thirsty throat; such is good news from a distant land. 26A churned -- up spring, a fountain fouled; such is the upright person trembling before the wicked. 27It is not good to eat too much honey, nor to seek for glory on top of glory. 28An open town, and without defences: such is anyone who lacks self-control.
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