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These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah.
and the king’s privilege to discover them.
or all that goes on in the king’s mind!
and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.
and his reign will be made secure by justice.
or push for a place among the great.
than to be sent away in public disgrace.
Just because you’ve seen something,
For what will you do in the end
if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?
don’t betray another person’s secret.
and you will never regain your good reputation.
like golden apples in a silver basket.
is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.
They revive the spirit of their employer.
is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.
and soft speech can break bones.
Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!
or you will wear out your welcome.
is as harmful as hitting them with an ax,
wounding them with a sword,
or shooting them with a sharp arrow.
is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.
is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather
or pouring vinegar in a wound.*
If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.
and the Lord will reward you.
so a gossiping tongue causes anger!
than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.
is like cold water to the thirsty.
it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.
and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself.
is like a city with broken-down walls.
than snow with summer or rain with harvest.
an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.
and a fool with a rod to his back!
or you will become as foolish as they are.
or they will become wise in their own estimation.
is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison!
is as useless as a paralyzed leg.
is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot.
is like a thorny branch brandished by a drunk.
is like an archer who shoots at random.
so a fool repeats his foolishness.
than for people who think they are wise.
Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!”
so the lazy person turns over in bed.
but don’t even lift it to their mouth.
than seven wise counselors.
is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.
as a madman shooting a deadly weapon
and then says, “I was only joking.”
and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.
as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.
that sink deep into one’s heart.
23 Smooth* words may hide a wicked heart,
just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.
but they’re deceiving you.
Their hearts are full of many evils.*
their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.
you will get caught in it yourself.
If you roll a boulder down on others,
it will crush you instead.
and flattering words cause ruin.
since you don’t know what the day will bring.
a stranger, not your own lips.
but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.
but jealousy is even more dangerous.
is better than hidden love!
are better than many kisses from an enemy.
but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry.
is like a bird that strays from its nest.
is as sweet as perfume and incense.
either yours or your father’s.
When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance.
It’s better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away.
11 Be wise, my child,* and make my heart glad.
Then I will be able to answer my critics.
The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.*
will be taken as a curse!
as constant dripping on a rainy day.
or trying to hold something with greased hands.
so a friend sharpens a friend.
so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded.
so the heart reflects the real person.
20 Just as Death and Destruction* are never satisfied,
so human desire is never satisfied.
but a person is tested by being praised.*
even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle.
and put your heart into caring for your herds,
and the crown might not be passed to the next generation.
and the mountain grasses are gathered in,
and your goats will provide the price of a field.
your family, and your servant girls.
but the godly are as bold as lions.
But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.
is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.
to obey the law is to fight them.
but those who follow the Lord understand completely.
than to be dishonest and rich.
those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.*
will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.
of a person who ignores the law.
will fall into their own trap,
but the honest will inherit good things.
but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.
When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.
but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
14 Blessed are those who fear to do wrong,*
but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.
as a roaring lion or an attacking bear.
but one who hates corruption will have a long life.
Don’t protect him!
but the crooked will be suddenly destroyed.
but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.
but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.
yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread.
but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty.
far more than flattery.
and says, “What’s wrong with that?”
is no better than a murderer.
trusting the Lord leads to prosperity.
but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.
but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.
25:20 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads pouring vinegar on soda.
26:23 As in Greek version; Hebrew reads Burning.
26:25 Hebrew seven evils.
27:11 Hebrew my son.
27:20 Hebrew Sheol and Abaddon.
27:21 Or by flattery.
28:7 Hebrew their father.
28:14 Or those who fear the Lord; Hebrew reads those who fear.
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