That people may understand a proverb and a figure of speech or an enigma with its interpretation, and the words of the wise and their dark sayings or riddles.
Like the legs of a lame man which hang loose, so is a parable in the mouth of a fool.
Like a thorn that goes [without being felt] into the hand of a drunken man, so is a proverb in the mouth of a [self-confident] fool.
But a stupid man will get wisdom [only] when a wild donkey's colt is born a man [as when he thinks himself free because he is lifted up in pride].
That is why those who sing ballads say, Come to Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and established. For fire has gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon; it has devoured Ar of Moab and the lords of the heights of the Arnon. Woe to you, Moab! You are undone, O people of [the god] Chemosh! Moab has given his sons as fugitives and his daughters into captivity to Sihon king of the Amorites.read more.
We have shot them down; Heshbon has perished as far as Dibon, and we have laid them waste as far as Nophah, which reaches to Medeba.
1 Kings 4:32
He also originated 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
I will submit and consent to a parable or proverb; to the music of a lyre I will unfold my riddle (my problem).
The proverbs (truths obscurely expressed, maxims, and parables) of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish and self-confident son is the grief of his mother.
These are also the proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:
And furthermore, because the Preacher was wise, he [Solomon] still taught the people knowledge; and he pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.
Balaam took up his [figurative] speech and said: Balak, the king of Moab, has brought me from Aram, out of the mountains of the east, saying, Come, curse Jacob for me; and come, violently denounce Israel.
Balaam took up his [figurative] discourse and said: Rise up, Balak, and hear; listen [closely] to me, son of Zippor.
And he took up his [figurative] discourse and said: Balaam son of Beor, the man whose eye is opened [at last, to see clearly the purposes and will of God],
And he took up his [figurative] discourse, and said: Balaam son of Beor speaks, the man whose eye is opened speaks,
[Balaam] looked at Amalek and took up his [prophetic] utterance, and said: Amalek is the foremost of the [neighboring] nations, but in his latter end he shall come to destruction.
And he looked at the Kenites and took up his [prophetic] utterance, and said: Strong is your dwelling place, and you set your nest in the rock.
And he took up his [prophetic] speech, and said: Alas, who shall live when God does this and establishes [Assyria]?