1These also are the proverbs of Sol′o‧mon that the men of Hez‧e‧ki′ah the king of Judah transcribed:
2The glory of God is the keeping of a matter secret, and the glory of kings is the searching through a matter.
3The heavens for height and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings, that is unsearchable.
4Let there be a removing of scummy dross from the silver, and all of it will come forth refined.
5Let there be the removing of the wicked one before the king, and his throne will be firmly established by righteousness itself.
6Do not do yourself honor before the king, and in the place of great ones do not stand.7For it is better [for him] to say to you: “Come up here,” than to abase you before a noble whom your eyes have seen.
8Do not go forth to conduct a legal case hastily, that it may not be a question of what you will do in the culmination of it when your fellowman now humiliates you.9Plead your own cause with your fellowman, and do not reveal the confidential talk of another;10that the one listening may not put you to shame and the bad report by you can have no recall.
11As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it.
12An earring of gold, and an ornament of special gold, is a wise reprover upon the hearing ear.
13Just like the coolness of snow in the day of harvest is the faithful envoy to those sending him, for he restores the very soul of his masters.
14As vaporous clouds and a wind without any downpour is a man boasting himself about a gift in falsehood.
15By patience a commander is induced, and a mild tongue itself can break a bone.
16Is it honey that you have found? Eat what is sufficient for you, that you may not take too much of it and have to vomit it up.
17Make your foot rare at the house of your fellowman, that he may not have his sufficiency of you and certainly hate you.
18As a war club and a sword and a sharpened arrow is a man testifying against his fellowman as a false witness.
19As a broken tooth and a wobbling foot is the confidence in one proving treacherous in the day of distress.
20He that is removing a garment on a cold day is as vinegar upon alkali and as a singer with songs upon a gloomy heart.
21If the one hating you is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.22For coals are what you are raking together upon his head, and Jehovah himself will reward you.
23The wind from the north brings forth as with labor pains a downpour; and a tongue [giving away] a secret, a denounced face.
24Better is it to dwell upon a corner of a roof than with a contentious wife, although in a house in common.
25As cold water upon a tired soul, so is a good report from a distant land.
26A fouled spring and a ruined well is the righteous one when staggering before the wicked one.
27The eating of too much honey is not good; and for people to search out their own glory, is it glory?
28As a city broken through, without a wall, is the man that has no restraint for his spirit.