1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
1 Here are some more proverbs by Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.
3 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth,So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
3 As the heaven is high and the earth is deep,so the hearts of kings cannot be investigated.
3 Just as the heavens are high and earth is deep, so the heart of a king is unfathomable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
4 Purge the dross from the silver, and material for a vessel comes forth for the silversmith.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
5 Purge the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king,And his throne will be established in righteousness.
6 Do not claim honor in the presence of the king,And do not stand in the place of great men;
6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
6 Don’t brag about yourself before the king,and don’t stand in the place of the great;
6 Don't magnify yourself in the presence of a king, and don't pretend to be in the company of famous men,
6 Do not be boastfully ambitious and claim honor in the presence of the king,And do not stand 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.
7 for it is better that it be told you, "Come up here," than for you to be placed lower in the presence of an official. What you've seen with your own eyes,
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.
8 don't be in a hurry to argue in court. Otherwise, what will you do later on when your neighbor humiliates you?
9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
9 Instead, take up the matter with your neighbor, and don't betray another person's confidence.
10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
10 Otherwise, anyone who hears will make you ashamed, and your bad reputation will never leave you.
10 Or he who hears it will shame youAnd the rumor about you [and your action in court] will have no end.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
11 Like golden apples set in silver is a word spoken at the right time.
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
12 Like a gold earring and a necklace of pure gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine goldIs a wise reprover to an ear that listens and learns.
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.
13 Like cold snow during harvest time is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes his masters.
13 Like the cold of snow [brought from the mountains] in the time of harvest,So is a faithful messenger to those who send him;For he refreshes the life of his masters.
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
14 Like clouds and winds without rain is the man who brags about gifts he never gave.
15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
15 Through patience a ruler may be persuaded; a gentle word can break a bone.
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
16 If you find some honey, eat only what you need. Take too much, and you'll vomit.
16 Have you found [pleasure sweet like] honey? Eat only as much as you need,Otherwise, being filled excessively, you vomit it.
17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house;otherwise, he’ll get sick of you and hate you.
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's home; otherwise, he'll grow weary and hate you.
17 Let your foot seldom be in your neighbor’s house,Or he will become tired of you and hate you.
18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
18 A club, a sword, and a sharp arrow that's what a man is who lies about his neighbor.
18 Like a club and a sword and a piercing arrowIs a man who testifies falsely against his neighbor (acquaintance).
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
19 A bad tooth and an unsteady foot that's what confidence in an unreliable man is like in a time of trouble.
19 Like a broken tooth or an unsteady footIs confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble.
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.
20 Taking your coat off when it's cold or pouring vinegar on soda that's what singing songs does to a heavy heart.
21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
21 If your enemy hungers, give him food to eat; and if he thirsts, give him water to drink.
22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
22 For you'll be piling burning coals of shame on his head and the LORD will reward you.
23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
23 The north wind produces rain,and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
23 The north wind brings rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry look.
23 The north wind brings forth rain;And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.
24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
24 It's better to live in a corner on the roof than in a house with a contentious woman.
25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
25 Cold water to someone who is thirsty that's what good news from a distant land is.
25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul,So is good news from a distant land.
26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
26 A muddied spring or a polluted well that's what a righteous person is who compromises with the wicked.
26 Like a muddied fountain and a polluted springIs a righteous man who yields and compromises his integrity before the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
27 To eat too much honey isn't good; and neither is it honorable to seek one's own glory.
27 It is not good to eat much honey,Nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
28 Like a city with breached walls is a man without self-control.
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