25:1These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah transcribed.
25:2It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a thing.
25:3The heavens for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
25:4Take away the dross from the silver, and there cometh forth a vessel for the refiner:
25:5take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
25:6Put not thyself forward in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of the great;
25:7for 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 see.
25:8Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
25:9Debate thy cause with thy neighbour, but reveal not the secret of another;
25:10lest he that heareth it disgrace thee, and thine evil report turn not away.
25:12An ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, is a wise reprover upon an attentive ear.
25:13As 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.
25:14Clouds and wind without rain, so is a man that boasteth himself of a false gift.
25:15By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
25:16Hast thou found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be surfeited therewith, and vomit it.
25:17Let thy foot be seldom in thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee and hate thee.
25:18A maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow, is a man that beareth false witness against his neighbour.
25:19A broken tooth, and a tottering foot, is confidence in an unfaithful man in the day of trouble.
25:20As he that taketh off a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to a sad heart.
25:21If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
25:22for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and Jehovah shall reward thee.
25:23The north wind bringeth forth rain, and the angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
25:24It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman, and a house in common.
25:25As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
25:26A troubled fountain, and a defiled well, is a righteous man that giveth way before the wicked.
25:27It is not good to eat much honey; and to search into weighty matters is itself a weight.
25:28He that hath no rule over his own spirit is as a city broken down, without walls.
26:1As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour beseemeth not a fool.
26:2As the sparrow for flitting about, as the swallow for flying, so a curse undeserved shall not come.
26:3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools.
26:4Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
26:5Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
26:6He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off his own feet, and drinketh damage.
26:7The legs of the lame hang loose; so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
26:8As a bag of gems in a stoneheap, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.
26:9As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
26:10A master roughly worketh every one: he both hireth the fool and hireth passers-by.
26:11As a dog turneth back to its vomit, so a fool repeateth his folly.
26:12Hast thou seen a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
26:13The sluggard saith, There is a fierce lion in the way; a lion is in the midst of the streets!
26:14As the door turneth upon its hinges, so the sluggard upon his bed.
26:15The sluggard burieth his hand in the dish: it wearieth him to bring it again to his mouth.
26:16A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men that answer discreetly.
26:17He that passing by vexeth himself with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.
26:18As a madman who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
26:19so is a man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am I not in sport?
26:20Where no wood is, the fire goeth out; and where there is no talebearer, the contention ceaseth.
26:21As coals for hot coals, and wood for fire, so is a contentious man to inflame strife.
26:22The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
26:23Ardent lips, and a wicked heart, are as an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross.
26:24He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, but he layeth up deceit within him:
26:25when his voice is gracious, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart.
26:26Though his hatred is covered by dissimulation, his wickedness shall be made manifest in the congregation.
26:27Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein; and he that rolleth a stone, it shall return upon him.
26:28A lying tongue hateth those that are injured by it, and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.
27:1Boast not thyself of to-morrow, for thou knowest not what a day will bring forth.
27:2Let another praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
27:3A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's vexation is heavier than them both.
27:4Fury is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before jealousy?
27:5Open rebuke is better than hidden love.
27:6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are profuse.
27:7The full soul trampleth on a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
27:8As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
27:9Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; and the sweetness of one's friend is the fruit of hearty counsel.
27:10Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; and go not into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
27:11Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me.
27:12A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; the simple pass on, and are punished.
27:13Take his garment that is become surety for another, and hold him in pledge for a strange woman.
27:14He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be reckoned a curse to him.
27:15A continual dropping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike:
27:16whosoever will restrain her restraineth the wind, and his right hand encountereth oil.
27:17Iron is sharpened by iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
27:18Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; and he that guardeth his master shall be honoured.
27:19As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
27:20Sheol and destruction are insatiable; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
27:21The fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold; so let a man be to the mouth that praiseth him.
27:22If thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his folly depart from him.
27:23Be well acquainted with the appearance of thy flocks; look well to thy herds:
27:24for wealth is not for ever; and doth the crown endure from generation to generation?
27:25The hay is removed, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered in.
27:26The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of a field;
27:27and there is goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and sustenance for thy maidens.
28:1The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion.
28:2By the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof; but by a man of understanding and of knowledge, its stability is prolonged.
28:4They that forsake the law praise the wicked; but such as keep the law contend with them.
28:5Evil men understand not judgment; but they that seek Jehovah understand everything.
28:6Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse, double in ways, though he be rich.
28:7Whoso observeth the law is a son that hath understanding; but he that is a companion of profligates bringeth shame to his father.
28:8He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance gathereth it for him that is gracious to the poor.
28:9He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.
28:10Whoso causeth the upright to go astray in an evil way, shall himself fall into his own pit; but the perfect shall inherit good.
28:11A rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
28:12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory; but when the wicked rise, men conceal themselves.
28:13He that covereth his transgressions shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall obtain mercy.
28:14Happy is the man that feareth always; but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into evil.
28:15A roaring lion, and a ranging bear, is a wicked ruler over a poor people.
28:16The prince void of intelligence is also a great oppressor: he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
28:17A man laden with the blood of any person, fleeth to the pit: let no man stay him.
28:18Whoso walketh in integrity shall be saved; but he that is perverted in his double ways, shall fall in one of them.
28:19He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread; but he that followeth the worthless shall have poverty enough.
28:20A faithful man aboundeth with blessings; but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
28:21To have respect of persons is not good; but for a piece of bread will a man transgress.
28:22He that hath an evil eye hasteth after wealth, and knoweth not that poverty shall come upon him.
28:23He that rebuketh a man shall afterwards find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
28:24Whoso robbeth his father and his mother, and saith, It is no transgression, the same is the companion of a destroyer.
28:25He that is puffed up in soul exciteth contention; but he that relieth upon Jehovah shall be made fat.
28:26He that confideth in his own heart is a fool; but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
28:27He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack; but he that withdraweth his eyes shall have many a curse.
28:28When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous increase.