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More Proverbs of Solomon
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings.(C)
3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
6 Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
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.
9 If you take your neighbor to court,
do not betray another’s confidence,
10 or the one who hears it may shame you
and the charge against you will stand.
13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master.(K)
14 Like clouds and wind without rain
is one who boasts of gifts never given.
16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
too much of it, and you will vomit.(N)
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—
too much of you, and they will hate you.
18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow
is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.(O)
19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot
is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.
20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,
or like vinegar poured on a wound,
is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
23 Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain
is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.
24 Better to live on a corner of the roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.(R)
25 Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land.(S)
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
28 Like a city whose walls are broken through
is a person who lacks self-control.
26 Like snow in summer or rain(V) in harvest,
honor is not fitting for a fool.(W)
2 Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow,
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)
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you yourself will be just like him.(AA)
5 Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes.(AB)
6 Sending a message by the hands of a fool(AC)
is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison.
7 Like the useless legs of one who is lame
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.(AD)
8 Like tying a stone in a sling
is the giving of honor to a fool.(AE)
9 Like a thornbush in a drunkard’s hand
is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.(AF)
10 Like an archer who wounds at random
is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
11 As a dog returns to its vomit,(AG)
so fools repeat their folly.(AH)
12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?(AI)
There is more hope for a fool than for them.(AJ)
13 A sluggard says,(AK) “There’s a lion in the road,
a fierce lion roaming the streets!”(AL)
14 As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.(AM)
15 A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.(AN)
16 A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven people who answer discreetly.
17 Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears
is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
18 Like a maniac shooting
flaming arrows of death
19 is one who deceives their neighbor
and says, “I was only joking!”
20 Without wood a fire goes out;
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.(AO)
21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.(AP)
22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.(AQ)
23 Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
are fervent[c] lips with an evil heart.
24 Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,(AR)
but in their hearts they harbor deceit.(AS)
25 Though their speech is charming,(AT) do not believe them,
for seven abominations fill their hearts.(AU)
26 Their malice may be concealed by deception,
but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
27 Whoever digs a pit(AV) will fall into it;(AW)
if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.(AX)
28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,
and a flattering mouth(AY) works ruin.
2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth;
an outsider, and not your own lips.(BB)
3 Stone is heavy and sand(BC) a burden,
but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming,
but who can stand before jealousy?(BD)
5 Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses.(BE)
7 One who is full loathes honey from the comb,
but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
8 Like a bird that flees its nest(BF)
is anyone who flees from home.
9 Perfume(BG) and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the pleasantness of a friend
springs from their heartfelt advice.
10 Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family,
and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster(BH) strikes you—
better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.
12 The prudent see danger and take refuge,
but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.(BK)
13 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;
hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.(BL)
14 If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning,
it will be taken as a curse.
15 A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping(BM)
of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;
16 restraining her is like restraining the wind
or grasping oil with the hand.
17 As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.
19 As water reflects the face,
so one’s life reflects the heart.[d]
21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,(BR)
but people are tested by their praise.
22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar,
grinding them like grain with a pestle,
you will not remove their folly from them.
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,(BS)
give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not endure forever,(BT)
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26 the lambs will provide you with clothing,
and the goats with the price of a field.
27 You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family
and to nourish your female servants.
2 When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers,
but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.
3 A ruler[f] who oppresses the poor
is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.
4 Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,
but those who heed it resist them.
5 Evildoers do not understand what is right,
but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.
6 Better the poor whose walk is blameless
than the rich whose ways are perverse.(BX)
7 A discerning son heeds instruction,
but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.(BY)
9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction,
even their prayers are detestable.(CC)
10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path
will fall into their own trap,(CD)
but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.
11 The rich are wise in their own eyes;
one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.
14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.
15 Like a roaring lion or a charging bear
is a wicked ruler over a helpless people.
16 A tyrannical ruler practices extortion,
but one who hates ill-gotten gain will enjoy a long reign.
17 Anyone tormented by the guilt of murder
will seek refuge(CJ) in the grave;
let no one hold them back.
19 Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.(CM)
20 A faithful person will be richly blessed,
but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.(CN)
22 The stingy are eager to get rich
and are unaware that poverty awaits them.(CR)
23 Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor
rather than one who has a flattering tongue.(CS)
28 When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding;(DB)
but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.
5 Those who flatter their neighbors
are spreading nets for their feet.(DL)
6 Evildoers are snared by their own sin,(DM)
but the righteous shout for joy and are glad.
7 The righteous care about justice for the poor,(DN)
but the wicked have no such concern.
8 Mockers stir up a city,
but the wise turn away anger.(DO)
9 If a wise person goes to court with a fool,
the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.
10 The bloodthirsty hate a person of integrity
and seek to kill the upright.(DP)
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common:
The Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.(DU)
14 If a king judges the poor with fairness,
his throne will be established forever.(DV)
15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,
but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.(DW)
16 When the wicked thrive, so does sin,
but the righteous will see their downfall.(DX)
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;
they will bring you the delights you desire.(DY)
18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.(DZ)
19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words;
though they understand, they will not respond.
20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for them.(EA)
21 A servant pampered from youth
will turn out to be insolent.
22 An angry person stirs up conflict,
and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.(EB)
24 The accomplices of thieves are their own enemies;
they are put under oath and dare not testify.(EE)
27 The righteous detest the dishonest;
the wicked detest the upright.(EK)
- Proverbs 25:8 Or nobles / on whom you had set your eyes. / 8 Do not go
- Proverbs 25:11 Or possibly apricots
- Proverbs 26:23 Hebrew; Septuagint smooth
- Proverbs 27:19 Or so others reflect your heart back to you
- Proverbs 27:20 Hebrew Abaddon
- Proverbs 28:3 Or A poor person
- Proverbs 28:18 Syriac (see Septuagint); Hebrew into one
- Proverbs 29:4 Or who give