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Proverbs 25-29

Further Wise Sayings of Solomon

25These are other proverbs of Solomon that the officials of King Hezekiah of Judah copied.


2 It is the glory of God to conceal things,
   but the glory of kings is to search things out.
3 Like the heavens for height, like the earth for depth,
   so the mind of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver,
   and the smith has material for a vessel;
5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king,
   and his throne will be established in righteousness.
6 Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence
   or stand in the place of the great;
7 for it is better to be told, ‘Come up here’,
   than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.


What your eyes have seen
8   do not hastily bring into court;
for* what will you do in the end,
   when your neighbour puts you to shame?
9 Argue your case with your neighbour directly,
   and do not disclose another’s secret;
10 or else someone who hears you will bring shame upon you,
   and your ill repute will have no end.


11 A word fitly spoken
   is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold
   is a wise rebuke to a listening ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest
   are faithful messengers to those who send them;
   they refresh the spirit of their masters.
14 Like clouds and wind without rain
   is one who boasts of a gift never given.
15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded,
   and a soft tongue can break bones.
16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,
   or else, having too much, you will vomit it.
17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbour’s house,
   otherwise the neighbour will become weary of you and hate you.
18 Like a war club, a sword, or a sharp arrow
   is one who bears false witness against a neighbour.
19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot
   is trust in a faithless person in time of trouble.
20 Like vinegar on a wound*
   is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
Like a moth in clothing or a worm in wood,
   sorrow gnaws at the human heart.*
21 If your enemies are hungry, give them bread to eat;
   and if they are thirsty, give them water to drink;
22 for you will heap coals of fire on their heads,
   and the Lord will reward you.
23 The north wind produces rain,
   and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
   than in a house shared with a contentious wife.
25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul,
   so is good news from a far country.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain
   are the righteous who give way before the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat much honey,
   or to seek honour on top of honour.
28 Like a city breached, without walls,
   is one who lacks self-control.

26Like snow in summer or rain in harvest,
   so honour is not fitting for a fool.
2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,
   an undeserved curse goes nowhere.
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
   and a rod for the back of fools.
4 Do not answer fools according to their folly,
   or you will be a fool yourself.
5 Answer fools according to their folly,
   or they will be wise in their own eyes.
6 It is like cutting off one’s foot and drinking down violence,
   to send a message by a fool.
7 The legs of a disabled person hang limp;
   so does a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
8 It is like binding a stone in a sling
   to give honour to a fool.
9 Like a thornbush brandished by the hand of a drunkard
   is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.
10 Like an archer who wounds everybody
   is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.*
11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit
   is a fool who reverts to his folly.
12 Do you see persons wise in their own eyes?
   There is more hope for fools than for them.
13 The lazy person says, ‘There is a lion in the road!
   There is a lion in the streets!’
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
   so does a lazy person in bed.
15 The lazy person buries a hand in the dish,
   and is too tired to bring it back to the mouth.
16 The lazy person is wiser in self-esteem
   than seven who can answer discreetly.
17 Like somebody who takes a passing dog by the ears
   is one who meddles in the quarrel of another.
18 Like a maniac who shoots deadly firebrands and arrows,
19 so is one who deceives a neighbour
   and says, ‘I am only joking!’
20 For lack of wood the fire goes out,
   and where there is no whisperer, quarrelling ceases.
21 As charcoal is to hot embers and wood to fire,
   so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
22 The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
   they go down into the inner parts of the body.
23 Like the glaze* covering an earthen vessel
   are smooth* lips with an evil heart.
24 An enemy dissembles in speaking
   while harbouring deceit within;
25 when an enemy speaks graciously, do not believe it,
   for there are seven abominations concealed within;
26 though hatred is covered with guile,
   the enemy’s wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
27 Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
   and a stone will come back on the one who starts it rolling.
28 A lying tongue hates its victims,
   and a flattering mouth works ruin.

27Do not boast about tomorrow,
   for you do not know what a day may bring.
2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth—
   a stranger, and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,
   but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
4 Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming,
   but who is able to stand before jealousy?
5 Better is open rebuke
   than hidden love.
6 Well meant are the wounds a friend inflicts,
   but profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
7 The sated appetite spurns honey,
   but to a ravenous appetite even the bitter is sweet.
8 Like a bird that strays from its nest
   is one who strays from home.
9 Perfume and incense make the heart glad,
   but the soul is torn by trouble.*
10 Do not forsake your friend or the friend of your parent;
   do not go to the house of your kindred on the day of your calamity.
Better is a neighbour who is nearby
   than kindred who are far away.
11 Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad,
   so that I may answer whoever reproaches me.
12 The clever see danger and hide;
   but the simple go on, and suffer for it.
13 Take the garment of one who has given surety for a stranger;
   seize the pledge given as surety for foreigners.*
14 Whoever blesses a neighbour with a loud voice,
   rising early in the morning,
   will be counted as cursing.
15 A continual dripping on a rainy day
   and a contentious wife are alike;
16 to restrain her is to restrain the wind
   or to grasp oil in the right hand.*
17 Iron sharpens iron,
   and one person sharpens the wits* of another.
18 Anyone who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
   and anyone who takes care of a master will be honoured.
19 Just as water reflects the face,
   so one human heart reflects another.
20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied,
   and human eyes are never satisfied.
21 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
   so a person is tested* by being praised.
22 Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle
   along with crushed grain,
   but the folly will not be driven out.


23 Know well the condition of your flocks,
   and give attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not last for ever,
   nor a crown for all generations.
25 When the grass is gone, and new growth appears,
   and the herbage of the mountains is gathered,
26 the lambs will provide your clothing,
   and the goats the price of a field;
27 there will be enough goats’ milk for your food,
   for the food of your household
   and nourishment for your servant-girls.

28The wicked flee when no one pursues,
   but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
2 When a land rebels
   it has many rulers;
but with an intelligent ruler
   there is lasting order.*
3 A ruler* who oppresses the poor
   is a beating rain that leaves no food.
4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
   but those who keep the law struggle against them.
5 The evil do not understand justice,
   but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.
6 Better to be poor and walk in integrity
   than to be crooked in one’s ways even though rich.
7 Those who keep the law are wise children,
   but companions of gluttons shame their parents.
8 One who augments wealth by exorbitant interest
   gathers it for another who is kind to the poor.
9 When one will not listen to the law,
   even one’s prayers are an abomination.
10 Those who mislead the upright into evil ways
   will fall into pits of their own making,
   but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.
11 The rich is wise in self-esteem,
   but an intelligent poor person sees through the pose.
12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
   but when the wicked prevail, people go into hiding.
13 No one who conceals transgressions will prosper,
   but one who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
14 Happy is the one who is never without fear,
   but one who is hard-hearted will fall into calamity.
15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
   is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor;
   but one who hates unjust gain will enjoy a long life.
17 If someone is burdened with the blood of another,
   let that killer be a fugitive until death;
   let no one offer assistance.
18 One who walks in integrity will be safe,
   but whoever follows crooked ways will fall into the Pit.*
19 Anyone who tills the land will have plenty of bread,
   but one who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
20 The faithful will abound with blessings,
   but one who is in a hurry to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 To show partiality is not good—
   yet for a piece of bread a person may do wrong.
22 The miser is in a hurry to get rich
   and does not know that loss is sure to come.
23 Whoever rebukes a person will afterwards find more favour
   than one who flatters with the tongue.
24 Anyone who robs father or mother
   and says, ‘That is no crime’,
   is partner to a thug.
25 The greedy person stirs up strife,
   but whoever trusts in the Lord will be enriched.
26 Those who trust in their own wits are fools;
   but those who walk in wisdom come through safely.
27 Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing,
   but one who turns a blind eye will get many a curse.
28 When the wicked prevail, people go into hiding;
   but when they perish, the righteous increase.

29One who is often reproved, yet remains stubborn,
   will suddenly be broken beyond healing.
2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
   but when the wicked rule, the people groan.
3 A child who loves wisdom makes a parent glad,
   but to keep company with prostitutes is to squander one’s substance.
4 By justice a king gives stability to the land,
   but one who makes heavy exactions ruins it.
5 Whoever flatters a neighbour
   is spreading a net for the neighbour’s feet.
6 In the transgression of the evil there is a snare,
   but the righteous sing and rejoice.
7 The righteous know the rights of the poor;
   the wicked have no such understanding.
8 Scoffers set a city aflame,
   but the wise turn away wrath.
9 If the wise go to law with fools,
   there is ranting and ridicule without relief.
10 The bloodthirsty hate the blameless,
   and they seek the life of the upright.
11 A fool gives full vent to anger,
   but the wise quietly holds it back.
12 If a ruler listens to falsehood,
   all his officials will be wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
   the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor with equity,
   his throne will be established for ever.
15 The rod and reproof give wisdom,
   but a mother is disgraced by a neglected child.
16 When the wicked are in authority, transgression increases,
   but the righteous will look upon their downfall.
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you rest;
   they will give delight to your heart.
18 Where there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint,
   but happy are those who keep the law.
19 By mere words servants are not disciplined,
   for though they understand, they will not give heed.
20 Do you see someone who is hasty in speech?
   There is more hope for a fool than for anyone like that.
21 A slave pampered from childhood
   will come to a bad end.*
22 One given to anger stirs up strife,
   and the hothead causes much transgression.
23 A person’s pride will bring humiliation,
   but one who is lowly in spirit will obtain honour.
24 To be a partner of a thief is to hate one’s own life;
   one hears the victim’s curse, but discloses nothing.*
25 The fear of others* lays a snare,
   but one who trusts in the Lord is secure.
26 Many seek the favour of a ruler,
   but it is from the Lord that one gets justice.
27 The unjust are an abomination to the righteous,
   but the upright are an abomination to the wicked.

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