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1 These are also proverbs of
Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
2 It is the glory of God to
conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
3 The heaven for height, and the
earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the
silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
5 Take away the wicked from
before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
6 Put not forth thyself in the
presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
7 For better it is that it be
said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in
the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
8 Go not forth hastily to strive,
lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy
neighbour hath put thee to shame.
9 Debate thy cause with thy
neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
10 Lest he that heareth it
put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
11 A word fitly spoken is like
apples of gold in pictures of silver.
12 As an earring of gold, and
an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient
13 As the cold of snow in the time
of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for
he refresheth the soul of his masters.
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false
gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 By long forbearing is a prince
persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so
much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit
17 Withdraw thy foot from thy
neighbour’s house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
18 A man that beareth false witness
against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man
in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
20 As he that taketh away a
garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he
that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
21 If thine enemy be hungry, give
him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire
upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
23 The north wind driveth away rain:
so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
24 It is better to dwell in
the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide
25 As cold waters to a
thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
26 A righteous man falling down
before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
27 It is not good to eat much
honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
28 He that hath no rule over
his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and
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