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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
2It is the glory of God to conceal the word, but the honour of kings is to search out the word.
3For the height of the heavens and depth of the earth and for the heart of kings, there is no investigation.
4Take away the dross from the silver, and a vessel shall come forth for the finer.
5Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
6Do not praise thyself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of great men;
7for it is better that it be said unto thee, Come up here than that thou should be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
8Do not go forth hastily to strive lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof when thy neighbour has put thee to shame.
9Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself and do not uncover the secret to another
10lest he that hears it put thee to shame and thine infamy not turn away.
11A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold inscribed with silver.
12As an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, so is he who reproves a wise man who has a docile ear.
13As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those that send him, for he refreshes the soul of his master.
14Whosoever boasts in a gift of falsehood is like clouds and wind without rain.
15By long forbearing a prince is persuaded, and a soft tongue breaks the bones.
16Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
17Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour’s house lest he be weary of thee and so hate thee.
18A man that bears false witness against his neighbour is a maul and a sword and a sharp arrow.
19Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
20As he that takes away a garment in cold weather and as vinegar upon soap, so is he that sings songs to a heavy heart.
21If thy enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
22for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
23The north wind drives away rain, so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
24It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
25As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
26A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain and a corrupt spring.
27It is not good to eat much honey, so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
28The man whose spirit has no restraint is like a city that is broken down and without walls.