These [are] also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.52
[It is] the glory of God to conceal53 a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out2 a matter.
The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings [is] unsearchable. 2714
Take away2 the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth4 a vessel for the finer.6
Take away2 the wicked [from] before the king, and his throne shall be established11 in righteousness.
Put not forth101 thyself in the presence of the king, and stand4 not in the place of great [men]:
For better [it is] that it be said2 unto thee, Come up3 hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower53 in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.1
Go not forth4 hastily to strive,2 lest [thou know not] what to do4 in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.53
Debate3 thy cause with thy neighbour [himself]; and discover17 not a secret to another:
Lest he that heareth6 [it] put thee to shame,17 and thine infamy turn not away.4
A word fitly 655 spoken7 [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver.
[As] an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, [so is] a wise reprover56 upon an obedient6 ear.
As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, [so is] a faithful12 messenger to them that send6 him: for he refresheth55 the soul of his masters.
Whoso boasteth102 himself of a false gift [is like] clouds and wind without rain.
By long forbearing is a prince persuaded,29 and a soft tongue breaketh4 the bone.
Hast thou found1 honey? eat3 so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled4 therewith, and vomit52 it.
Withdraw54 thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary4 of thee, and [so] hate1 thee.
A man that beareth6 false witness against his neighbour [is] a maul, and a sword, and a sharp6 arrow.
Confidence in an unfaithful man6 in time of trouble [is like] a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
[As] he that taketh away56 a garment in cold weather, [and as] vinegar upon nitre, so [is] he that singeth6 songs to an heavy heart.
If thine enemy6 be hungry, give him bread to eat;54 and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:54
For thou shalt heap6 coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward17 thee.
The north wind driveth away34 rain: so [doth] an angry12 countenance a backbiting tongue.
[It is] better to dwell2 in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling 4066 woman and in a wide house.
[As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so [is] good news from a far country.
A righteous man falling down5 before the wicked [is as] a troubled12 fountain, and a corrupt94 spring.
[It is] not good to eat2 much53 honey: so [for men] to search their own glory [is not] glory.
He that [hath] no rule over his own spirit [is like] a city [that is] broken down,7 [and] without walls.