to search out a matter is the glory of kings.c
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
5 remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,d
and do not claim a place among his great men;
7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”g
than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.
What you have seen with your eyes
8 do not bringa hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end
if your neighbor puts you to shame?h
do not betray another’s confidence,
and the charge against you will stand.
is a ruling rightly given.
is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.j
is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master.k
is one who boasts of gifts never given.
15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,l
and a gentle tongue can break a bone.m
too much of it, and you will vomit.n
too much of you, and they will hate you.
is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.o
is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.
or like vinegar poured on a wound,
is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coalsp on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.q
is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.r
is good news from a distant land.s
are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat too much honey,t
nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.u
is a person who lacks self-control.
26 Like snow in summer or rainv in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool.w
an undeserved curse does not come to rest.x
3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,y
and a rod for the backs of fools!z
or you yourself will be just like him.a
or he will be wise in his own eyes.b
6 Sending a message by the hands of a foolc
is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.d
is the giving of honor to a fool.e
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.f
is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
11 As a dog returns to its vomit,g
so fools repeat their folly.h
12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?i
There is more hope for a fool than for them.j
13 A sluggard says,k “There’s a lion in the road,
a fierce lion roaming the streets!”l
so a sluggard turns on his bed.m
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.n
than seven people who answer discreetly.
is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
flaming arrows of death
and says, “I was only joking!”
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.o
so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.p
they go down to the inmost parts.q
are ferventa lips with an evil heart.
24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,r
but in their hearts they harbor deceit.s
25 Though their speech is charming,t do not believe them,
for seven abominations fill their hearts.u
but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.x
and a flattering mouthy works ruin.
Or nobles / on whom you had set your eyes. / 8Do not go
Or possibly apricots
Hebrew; Septuagint smooth
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