1 These [are] also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
2 [It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings [is] unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the refiner.
5 Take away the wicked [from] before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
6 Boast not thy selfe before the King, and stand not in the place of great men.
7 For it is better, that it be saide vnto thee, Come vp hither, then thou to be put lower in the presece of the prince whom thine eyes haue seene.
8 Goe not foorth hastily to strife, least thou know not what to doe in the ende thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
9 Debate thy matter with thy neighbour, and discouer not the secret to another,
10 Lest he that heareth [it] put thee to shame, and thy infamy turn not away.
11 A word spoken in his place, is like apples of golde with pictures of siluer.
12 He that reprooueth the wise, and the obedient eare, is as a golden earering and an ornament of fine golde.
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.
14 Whoever boasteth himself of a false gift [is like] clouds and wind without rain.
15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled with it, and vomit it.
17 Withdrawe thy foote from thy neighbours house, least he be weary of thee, and hate thee.
18 A man that beareth false witnes against his neighbour, is like an hammer and a sword, and a sharpe arrowe.
19 Confidence in an vnfaythfull man in time of trouble, is like a broken tooth and a sliding foote.
20 [As] he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, [and as] vinegar upon soda, so [is] he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
21 If hee that hateth thee be hungry, giue him bread to eate, and if he be thirstie, giue him water to drinke.
22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
23 As the Northwinde driueth away the raine, so doeth an angry countenance the slandering tongue.
24 It is better to dwell in a corner of the house top, then with a contentious woman in a wide house.
25 As are the colde waters to a weary soule, so is good newes from a farre countery.
26 A righteous man falling downe before the wicked, is like a troubled well, & a corrupt spring.
27 It is not good to eate much hony: so to search their owne glory is not glory.
28 He that [hath] no rule over his own spirit [is like] a city [that is] broken down, [and] without walls.