25 These aalso are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:
2 bIt is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 cTake away the dross from silver,
And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry.
And his throne will be established in drighteousness.
And do not stand in the place of the great;
7 eFor it is better that he say to you,
“Come up here,”
Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince,
Whom your eyes have seen.
For what will you do in the end,
When your neighbor has put you to shame?
9 gDebate your case with your neighbor,
And do not disclose the secret to another;
And 2your reputation be ruined.
11 A word fitly hspoken is like apples of gold
In settings of silver.
Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.
13 iLike the cold of snow in time of harvest
Is a faithful messenger to those who send him,
For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14 jWhoever falsely boasts of giving
Is like kclouds and wind without rain.
15 lBy long forbearance a ruler is persuaded,
And a gentle tongue breaks a bone.
Eat only as much as you need,
Lest you be filled with it and vomit.
Lest he become weary of you and hate you.
18 mA man who bears false witness against his neighbor
Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow.
Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.
And like vinegar on soda,
Is one who nsings songs to a heavy heart.