For understanding a proverb and its sweetness, Words of the wise and their acute sayings.
Weak have been the two legs of the lame, And a parable in the mouth of fools.
A thorn hath gone up into the hand of a drunkard, And a parable in the mouth of fools.
And empty man is bold, And the colt of a wild ass man is born.
therefore those using similes say -- 'Enter ye Heshbon, Let the city of Sihon be built and ready, For fire hath gone out from Heshbon, A flame from the city of Sihon, It hath consumed Ar of Moab, Owners of the high places of Arnon. Woe to thee, O Moab, Thou hast perished, O people of Chemosh, He hath given his sons who escape -- Also his daughters -- Into captivity, to a king of the Amorite -- Sihon!read more.
And we shoot them, Perished hath Heshbon unto Dibon, And we make desolate unto Nophah, Which is unto Medeba.'
1 Kings 4:32
And he speaketh three thousand similes, and his songs are five, and the chief one;
I incline to a simile mine ear, I open with a harp my riddle:
Proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
Proverbs of Solomon. A wise son causeth a father to rejoice, And a foolish son is an affliction to his mother.
Also these are Proverbs of Solomon, that men of Hezekiah king of Judah transcribed: --
And further, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge, and gave ear, and sought out -- he made right many similes.
And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'From Aram he doth lead me -- Balak king of Moab; From mountains of the east: Come -- curse for me Jacob, And come -- be indignant with Israel.
And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'Rise, Balak, and hear; Give ear unto me, son of Zippor!
and he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'An affirmation of Balaam son of Beor -- And an affirmation of the man whose eyes are shut --
And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'An affirmation of Balaam son of Beor -- And an affirmation of the man whose eyes are shut --
And he seeth Amalek, and taketh up his simile, and saith: 'A beginning of the Goyim is Amalek; And his latter end -- for ever he perisheth.'
And he seeth the Kenite, and taketh up his simile, and saith: 'Enduring is thy dwelling, And setting in a rock thy nest,
And he taketh up his simile, and saith: 'Alas! who doth live when God doth this?