2 ·God is honored for what he keeps secret [L It is the glory of God to hide a matter/things; Deut. 29:29]. ·Kings are honored for what they can discover [L It is the glory of kings to examine them].
3 No one can ·measure [examine] the height of the skies or the depth of the earth. So also no one can ·understand [examine] the ·mind [L heart] of a king.
4 ·Remove [Separate] the ·scum [dross] from the silver, so ·the silver can be used by the silversmith [L a vessel will come out for refining]. 5 ·Remove [Separate] wicked people from the king’s presence; then his ·government [L throne] will be ·honest and last a long time [L established in righteousness].
6 Don’t ·brag [honor yourself] to the king and ·act as if you are great [L don’t stand in the place of important people]. 7 It is better for him to ·give you a higher position [L say to you, “Come up here”] than to bring you down in front of the prince [Luke 14:7–11].
Because of something you have seen, 8 do not quickly take someone to court. What will you do later when your neighbor ·proves you wrong [L humiliates/shames you]?
9 ·If you have an argument with [L Make your accusations against] your neighbor, ·don’t tell other people what was said [keep it a secret from others]. 10 Whoever hears it might shame you, and ·you might not ever be respected again [L the slander against you will never stop].
11 The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver ·bowl [L setting].
12 A wise ·warning [correction] to ·someone who will listen [L a listening ear] is as valuable as gold earrings or fine gold jewelry.
13 Trustworthy messengers refresh those who send them, like the coolness of snow ·in the summertime [L at harvest time].
14 People who brag about gifts they never give are like clouds and wind that give no rain.
15 With patience you can convince a ruler, and a ·gentle [tender] word ·can get through to the hard-headed [L breaks bone].
16 If you find honey, ·don’t eat too much [eat the right amount], or it will make you full and you will throw up. 17 ·Don’t go to your neighbor’s house too often [L Rarely let your feet step into your neighbor’s house]; ·too much of you will make him [L they will have their fill of you and] hate you.
18 When you ·lie [falsely testify] about your neighbors [Ex. 20:16], it hurts them as much as a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.
19 Trusting unfaithful people ·when you are in [L on a day of] trouble is like eating with a broken tooth or walking with a crippled foot.
20 Singing songs to ·someone who is sad [L a troubled heart] is like taking away his coat on a cold day or pouring vinegar on soda [C sodium bicarbonate; mixing the two would cause an adverse reaction; the Greek Old Testament reads “scab” or “wound” instead of “soda”].
21 If ·your enemy [L one you hate] is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink. 22 Doing this will be like pouring burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you [Rom. 12:19–21].
23 As the north wind brings rain, ·telling gossip [L a hidden tongue] brings angry looks.
24 It is better to live in a corner on the roof [21:9] than inside the house with a ·quarreling [contentious] wife.
25 Good news from a faraway place is like a cool drink when you are tired.
26 A good person who ·gives in to [staggers before] evil is like a ·muddy [foul] spring or a ·dirty [ruined] well.
27 It is not good to eat too much honey, nor does it bring you honor to ·brag about yourself [seek honor].
28 Those who ·do not control themselves [are unrestrained in spirit] are like a city whose walls are broken down.
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