New English Translation
Proverbs of Solomon Collected by Hezekiah
1 These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of King Hezekiah of Judah copied:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and it is the glory of a king to search out a matter.
3 As the heaven is high and the earth is deep so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
4 Remove the dross from the silver, and material for the silversmith will emerge;
5 remove the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
6 Do not honor yourself before the king, and do not stand in the place of great men;
7 for it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here," than to put you lower before a prince, whom your eyes have seen.
8 Do not go out hastily to litigation, or what will you do afterward when your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 When you argue a case with your neighbor, do not reveal the secret of another person,
10 lest the one who hears it put you to shame and your infamy will never go away.
11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver, so is a word skillfully spoken.
12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover to the ear of the one who listens.
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the heart of his masters.
14 Like cloudy skies and wind that produce no rain, so is the one who boasts of a gift not given.
15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a soft tongue can break a bone.
16 When you find honey, eat only what is sufficient for you, lest you become stuffed with it and vomit it up.
17 Don't set foot too frequently in your neighbor's house, lest he become weary of you and hate you.
18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow, so is the one who testifies against his neighbor as a false witness.
19 Like a bad tooth or a foot out of joint, so is confidence in an unfaithful person at the time of trouble.
20 Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, so is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
22 for you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain, and a gossiping tongue brings forth an angry look.
24 It is better to live on a corner of the housetop than in a house in company with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Like cold water to a weary person, so is good news from a distant land.
26 Like a muddied spring and a polluted well, so is a righteous person who gives way before the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable for people to seek their own glory.
28 Like a city that is broken down and without a wall, so is a person who cannot control his temper.
King James Version
1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.