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25:1 These also are proverbs of Solomon,
which the men of King Hezekiah of Judah copied:1
and it is the glory of a king to search out a matter.
25:3 As the heaven is high4 and the earth is deep
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.5
and material6 for the silversmith will emerge;
25:5 remove the wicked from before the king,7
and do not stand in the place of great men;
than to put you lower12 before a prince,
whom your eyes have seen.13
25:8 Do not go out hastily to litigation,14
or15 what will you do afterward
when your neighbor puts you to shame?
25:9 When you argue a case16 with your neighbor,
do not reveal the secret of another person,17
and your infamy18 will never go away.
25:11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver,19
so is a word skillfully spoken.20
25:12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold,21
so is a wise reprover to the ear of the one who listens.22
25:13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest,23
so is a faithful messenger to those who send him,
for he refreshes the heart24 of his masters.
25:14 Like cloudy skies and wind that produce no rain,25
25:16 When you find32 honey, eat only what is sufficient for you,
25:17 Don’t set foot too frequently35 in your neighbor’s house,
lest he become weary36 of you and hate you.
25:18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow,37
25:19 Like a bad tooth or a foot out of joint,40
25:20 Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,43
or like vinegar poured on soda,44
so is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.45
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
25:22 for you will heap coals of fire on his head,46
and the Lord will reward you.47
25:23 The north wind48 brings forth rain,
than in a house in company with a quarrelsome wife.52
25:25 Like cold water to a weary person,53
so is good news from a distant land.54
so is a righteous person who gives way57 before the wicked.
25:27 It is not good58 to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable for people to seek their own glory.59
so is a person who cannot control his temper.60
and a rod for the backs of fools!5
26:4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,6
lest you yourself also be like him.7
26:5 Answer a fool according to his folly,8
lest he be wise in his own estimation.9
26:6 Like cutting off the feet or drinking violence,10
26:7 Like legs that hang limp13 from the lame,
26:8 Like tying a stone in a sling,16
so is giving honor to a fool.
26:9 Like a thorn17 that goes into the hand of a drunkard,
so is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.18
26:10 Like an archer who wounds at random,19
so is the one who hires20 a fool or hires any passer-by.
26:11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit,21
so a fool repeats his folly.22
There is more hope for a fool25 than for him.
26:13 The sluggard26 says, “There is a lion in the road!
A lion in the streets!”27
so a sluggard turns30 on his bed.
26:15 The sluggard plunges31 his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.32
26:16 The sluggard is wiser in his own estimation33
than seven people who respond with good sense.34
26:17 Like one who grabs a wild dog by the ears,35
so is the person passing by who becomes furious36 over a quarrel not his own.
26:18 Like a madman37 who shoots
firebrands and deadly arrows,38
26:19 so is a person39 who deceives his neighbor,
and says, “Was I not only joking?”40
they go down into a person’s innermost being.45
26:23 Like a coating of glaze46 over earthenware
26:24 The one who hates others disguises49 it with his lips,
his evil will be uncovered59 in the assembly.
26:27 The one who digs a pit60 will fall into it;
the one who rolls a stone—it will come back on him.
26:28 A lying tongue61 hates those crushed by it,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.62
for you do not know3 what a day may bring forth.
someone else,6 and not your own lips.
27:4 Wrath is cruel and anger is overwhelming,9
but who can stand before jealousy?10
27:5 Better is open11 rebuke
than hidden12 love.
27:6 Faithful13 are the wounds of a friend,
27:7 The one whose appetite16 is satisfied loathes honey,
but to the hungry mouth17 every bitter thing is sweet.
27:8 Like a bird that wanders18 from its nest,
so is a person who wanders from his home.19
27:9 Ointment and incense make the heart rejoice,20
likewise the sweetness of one’s friend from sincere counsel.21
and do not enter your brother’s house in the day of your disaster;
a neighbor nearby is better than a brother far away.22
27:11 Be wise, my son,23 and make my heart glad,
but the naive keep right on going26 and suffer for it.
27:13 Take a man’s27 garment when he has given security for a stranger,
it will be counted as a curse to him.32
27:16 Whoever hides her hides the wind35
and whoever takes care of44 his master will be honored.
27:19 As in water the face is reflected as a face,45
so a person’s heart46 reflects the person.
27:21 As the crucible is for silver and the furnace is for gold,51
27:22 If you should pound55 the fool in the mortar
among the grain56 with the pestle,
his foolishness would not depart from him.57
give careful attention60 to your herds,
27:24 for riches do not last61 forever,
nor does a crown last62 from generation to generation.
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
and the goats will be for the price of a field.63
27:27 And there will be enough goat’s milk for your food,64
for the food of your household,
and for the sustenance65 of your servant girls.
28:1 The wicked person flees when there is no one pursuing,1
but the righteous person is as confident2 as a lion.
28:3 A poor person7 who oppresses the weak
but those who keep the law contend12 with them.
but those who seek the Lord15 understand it all.
28:6 A poor person16 who walks in his integrity is better
28:8 The one who increases his wealth by increasing interest24
gathers it for someone who is gracious25 to the needy.
28:9 The one who turns away his ear26 from hearing the law,
will himself fall into his own pit,29
but the blameless will inherit what is good.30
but a discerning poor person can evaluate him properly.33
but when the wicked rise to power, people are sought out.36
but whoever confesses them and forsakes them will find mercy.39
28:14 Blessed is the one who is always cautious,40
but whoever hardens his heart41 will fall into evil.
so is a wicked ruler over a poor people.44
28:16 The prince who is a great oppressor lacks wisdom,45
but the one who hates46 unjust gain will prolong his days.
let no one support him.
28:18 The one who walks blamelessly will be delivered,50
28:19 The one who works his land will be satisfied with food,53
28:20 A faithful person56 will have an abundance of blessings,
but the one who hastens57 to gain riches will not go unpunished.
for a person will transgress over the smallest piece of bread.60
28:22 The stingy person61 hastens after riches
and does not know that poverty will overtake him.62
than the one who flatters66 with the tongue.
28:24 The one who robs67 his father and mother and says, “There is no transgression,”
28:26 The one who trusts in his own heart74 is a fool,
28:27 The one who gives to the poor will not lack,77
but when they perish,84 the righteous increase.
29:2 When the righteous become numerous,5 the people rejoice;
when the wicked rule, the people groan.6
but one who exacts tribute14 tears it down.
29:6 In the transgression of an evil person there is a snare,19
the wicked does not understand such24 knowledge.
but those who are wise turn away wrath.
as for the upright, they seek his life.34
29:11 A fool lets fly with all his temper,35
but a wise person keeps it back.36
the Lord gives light43 to the eyes of them both.
29:14 If a king judges the poor in truth,44
his throne45 will be established forever.
29:16 When the wicked increase,51 transgression increases,
but the righteous will see52 their downfall.
29:17 Discipline your child, and he will give you rest;53
There is more hope for a fool than for him.66
29:21 If67 someone pampers his servant from youth,
he will be a weakling68 in the end.
29:22 An angry person69 stirs up dissension,
but one who has a lowly spirit74 will gain honor.
he hears the oath to testify,77 but does not talk.
but whoever trusts in the Lord will be set on high.81
29:26 Many people seek the face82 of a ruler,
but it is from the Lord that one receives justice.83
and the one who lives an upright life is an abomination to the wicked.84
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