1 These are also Prouerbes of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Iudah copied out.
2 It is the glory of God to conceale a thing: but the honour of Kings is to search out a matter.
3 The heauen for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of Kings is vnsearchable.
4 Take away the drosse from the siluer, and there shall come foorth a vessell for the finer.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shalbe established in righteousnes.
6 Put not forth thy selfe in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men.
7 For better it is that it be said vnto thee, Come vp hither; then that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the Prince whom thine eies haue seene.
8 Goe not forth hastily to striue, lest thou know not what to doe in the ende thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himselfe; and discouer not a secret to another:
10 Lest he that heareth it, put thee to shame, and thine infamie turne not away.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of siluer.
12 As an eare-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprouer vpon an obedient eare.
13 As the cold of snow in the time of haruest, so is a faithfull messenger to them that send him: for hee refresheth the soule of his masters.
14 Who so boasteth himselfe of a false gift, is like cloudes and winde without raine.
15 By long forbearing is a Prince perswaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
16 Hast thou found hony? eate so much as is sufficient for thee: lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
17 Withdraw thy foote from thy neighbours house: lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
18 A man that beareth false witnes against his neighbour, is a maule, and a sword, and a sharpe arrow.
19 Confidence in an vnfaithfull man in time of trouble, is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of ioynt.
20 As hee that taketh away a garment in cold weather; and as vineger vpon nitre; so is he that singeth songs to an heauy heart.
21 If thine enemie be hungry, giue him bread to eate: and if hee be thirstie, giue him water to drinke.
22 For thou shalt heape coales of fire vpon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.
23 The North winde driueth away raine: so doeth an angrie countenance a backbiting tongue.
24 It is better to dwell in a corner of the house top, then with a brawling woman, and in a wide house.
25 As cold waters to a thirstie soule: so is good newes from a farre countrey.
26 A righteous man falling downe before the wicked, is as a troubled fountaine, aud a corrupt spring.
27 It is not good to eat much hony: so for men to search their owne glory, is not glory.
28 Hee that hath no rule ouer his owne spirit, is like a citie that is broken downe, and without walles.