1: These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah transcribed. 2: It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a thing. 3: The heavens for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable. 4: Take away the dross from the silver, and there cometh forth a vessel for the refiner: 5: take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness. 6: Put not thyself forward in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of the great; 7: for better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither, than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes see. 8: Go not forth hastily to strive, lest [thou know not] what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. 9: Debate thy cause with thy neighbour, but reveal not the secret of another; 10: lest he that heareth [it] disgrace thee, and thine evil report turn not away. 11: [As] apples of gold in pictures of silver, is a word spoken in season. 12: An ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, is a wise reprover upon an attentive ear. 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: Clouds and wind without rain, [so] is a man that boasteth himself of a false gift. 15: By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone. 16: Hast thou found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be surfeited therewith, and vomit it. 17: Let thy foot be seldom in thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee and hate thee. 18: A maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow, is a man that beareth false witness against his neighbour. 19: A broken tooth, and a tottering foot, is confidence in an unfaithful [man] in the day of trouble. 20: [As] he that taketh off a garment in cold weather, [and as] vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to a sad heart. 21: If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 22: for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and Jehovah shall reward thee. 23: The north wind bringeth forth rain, and the angry countenance a backbiting tongue. 24: It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman, and a house in common. 25: [As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. 26: A troubled fountain, and a defiled well, is a righteous [man] that giveth way before the wicked. 27: It is not good to eat much honey; and to search into weighty matters is [itself] a weight. 28: He that hath no rule over his own spirit is [as] a city broken down, without walls.