1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; ¶ to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
4 Remove the dross from the silver, ¶ and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
5 remove wicked officials from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.
6 Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, ¶ and do not claim a place among his great men;
7 it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here," than for him to humiliate you before his nobles. ¶ What you have seen with your eyes
8 do not bring [^1] hastily to court, ¶ for what will you do in the end ¶ if your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 If you take your neighbor to court, ¶ do not betray another's confidence,
10 or the one who hears it may shame you and the charge against you will stand.
11 Like apples [^2] of gold in settings of silver ¶ is a ruling rightly given.
12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.
13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time ¶ is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; ¶ he refreshes the spirit of his master.
14 Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.
15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, ¶ and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
16 If you find honey, eat just enough — ¶ too much of it, and you will vomit.
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house — too much of you, and they will hate you.
18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow ¶ is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.
19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.
20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, ¶ is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; ¶ if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
23 Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain ¶ is a sly tongue —which provokes a horrified look.
24 Better to live on a corner of the roof ¶ than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Like cold water to a weary soul ¶ is good news from a distant land.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat too much honey, ¶ nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.
28 Like a city whose walls are broken through ¶ is a person who lacks self-control.