Prov 25:1-29:7

Further Wise Sayings of Solomon 1These are other proverbs of Solomon that the officials of King Hezekiah of Judah copied. 2It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.3Like the heavens for height, like the earth for depth, so the mind of kings is unsearchable.4Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel;5take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.6Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great;7for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. What your eyes have seen8do not hastily bring into court; for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?9Argue your case with your neighbor directly, and do not disclose another's secret;10or else someone who hears you will bring shame upon you, and your ill repute will have no end. 11A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.12Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise rebuke to a listening ear.13Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest are faithful messengers to those who send them; they refresh the spirit of their masters.14Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of a gift never given.15With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue can break bones.16If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, or else, having too much, you will vomit it.17Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, otherwise the neighbor will become weary of you and hate you.18Like a war club, a sword, or a sharp arrow is one who bears false witness against a neighbor.19Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is trust in a faithless person in time of trouble.20Like vinegar on a wound is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. Like a moth in clothing or a worm in wood, sorrow gnaws at the human heart.21If your enemies are hungry, give them bread to eat; and if they are thirsty, give them water to drink;22for you will heap coals of fire on their heads, and the Lord will reward you.23The north wind produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.24It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a contentious wife.25Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.26Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain are the righteous who give way before the wicked.27It is not good to eat much honey, or to seek honor on top of honor.28Like a city breached, without walls, is one who lacks self-control.Chapter 261Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool.2Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, an undeserved curse goes nowhere.3A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools.4Do not answer fools according to their folly, or you will be a fool yourself.5Answer fools according to their folly, or they will be wise in their own eyes.6It is like cutting off one's foot and drinking down violence, to send a message by a fool.7The legs of a disabled person hang limp; so does a proverb in the mouth of a fool.8It is like binding a stone in a sling to give honor to a fool.9Like a thornbush brandished by the hand of a drunkard is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.10Like an archer who wounds everybody is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.11Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who reverts to his folly.12Do you see persons wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for fools than for them.13The lazy person says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!”14As a door turns on its hinges, so does a lazy person in bed.15The lazy person buries a hand in the dish, and is too tired to bring it back to the mouth.16The lazy person is wiser in self-esteem than seven who can answer discreetly.17Like somebody who takes a passing dog by the ears is one who meddles in the quarrel of another.18Like a maniac who shoots deadly firebrands and arrows,19so is one who deceives a neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”20For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.21As charcoal is to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.22The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.23Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are smooth lips with an evil heart.24An enemy dissembles in speaking while harboring deceit within;25when an enemy speaks graciously, do not believe it, for there are seven abominations concealed within;26though hatred is covered with guile, the enemy's wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.27Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on the one who starts it rolling.28A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin.Chapter 271Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.2Let another praise you, and not your own mouth— a stranger, and not your own lips.3A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.4Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who is able to stand before jealousy?5Better is open rebuke than hidden love.6Well meant are the wounds a friend inflicts, but profuse are the kisses of an enemy.7The sated appetite spurns honey, but to a ravenous appetite even the bitter is sweet.8Like a bird that strays from its nest is one who strays from home.9Perfume and incense make the heart glad, but the soul is torn by trouble.10Do not forsake your friend or the friend of your parent; do not go to the house of your kindred in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is nearby than kindred who are far away.11Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad, so that I may answer whoever reproaches me.12The clever see danger and hide; but the simple go on, and suffer for it.13Take the garment of one who has given surety for a stranger; seize the pledge given as surety for foreigners.14Whoever blesses a neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.15A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious wife are alike;16to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in the right hand.17Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another.18Anyone who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and anyone who takes care of a master will be honored.19Just as water reflects the face, so one human heart reflects another.20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and human eyes are never satisfied.21The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, so a person is tested by being praised.22Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, but the folly will not be driven out. 23Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds;24for riches do not last forever, nor a crown for all generations.25When the grass is gone, and new growth appears, and the herbage of the mountains is gathered,26the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field;27there will be enough goats' milk for your food, for the food of your household and nourishment for your servant-girls.Chapter 281The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.2When a land rebels it has many rulers; but with an intelligent ruler there is lasting order.3A ruler who oppresses the poor is a beating rain that leaves no food.4Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law struggle against them.5The evil do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely.6Better to be poor and walk in integrity than to be crooked in one's ways even though rich.7Those who keep the law are wise children, but companions of gluttons shame their parents.8One who augments wealth by exorbitant interest gathers it for another who is kind to the poor.9When one will not listen to the law, even one's prayers are an abomination.10Those who mislead the upright into evil ways will fall into pits of their own making, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.11The rich is wise in self-esteem, but an intelligent poor person sees through the pose.12When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked prevail, people go into hiding.13No one who conceals transgressions will prosper, but one who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.14Happy is the one who is never without fear, but one who is hard-hearted will fall into calamity.15Like a roaring lion or a charging bear is a wicked ruler over a poor people.16A ruler who lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor; but one who hates unjust gain will enjoy a long life.17If someone is burdened with the blood of another, let that killer be a fugitive until death; let no one offer assistance.18One who walks in integrity will be safe, but whoever follows crooked ways will fall into the Pit.19Anyone who tills the land will have plenty of bread, but one who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.20The faithful will abound with blessings, but one who is in a hurry to be rich will not go unpunished.21To show partiality is not good— yet for a piece of bread a person may do wrong.22The miser is in a hurry to get rich and does not know that loss is sure to come.23Whoever rebukes a person will afterward find more favor than one who flatters with the tongue.24Anyone who robs father or mother and says, “That is no crime,” is partner to a thug.25The greedy person stirs up strife, but whoever trusts in the Lord will be enriched.26Those who trust in their own wits are fools; but those who walk in wisdom come through safely.27Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but one who turns a blind eye will get many a curse.28When the wicked prevail, people go into hiding; but when they perish, the righteous increase.Chapter 291One who is often reproved, yet remains stubborn, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.2When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.3A child who loves wisdom makes a parent glad, but to keep company with prostitutes is to squander one's substance.4By justice a king gives stability to the land, but one who makes heavy exactions ruins it.5Whoever flatters a neighbor is spreading a net for the neighbor's feet.6In the transgression of the evil there is a snare, but the righteous sing and rejoice.7The righteous know the rights of the poor; the wicked have no such understanding.