1 THESE ARE ALSO PARABLES of Salomon, which the men of Hezekiah King of Iudah copied out.
2 The glorie of God is to conceale a thing secret: but the Kings honour is to search out a thing.
3 The heaues in height, and the earth in deepenes, and the Kings heart can no man search out.
4 Take the drosse from the siluer, and there shall proceede a vessell for the finer.
5 Take away the wicked from the King, and his throne shall be stablished in righteousnes.
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 Least he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamie doe not cease.
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 colde of the snowe in the time of haruest, so is a faithfull messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soule of his masters.
14 A man that boasteth of false liberalitie, is like cloudes and winde without raine.
15 A Prince is pacified by staying of anger, and a soft tongue breaketh the bones.
16 If thou haue found hony, eate that is sufficient for thee, least thou be ouerfull, 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 Hee that taketh away the garment in the colde season, is like vineger powred vpon nitre, or like him that singeth songs to an heauy 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 lay coles vpon his head, and the Lord shall recompense 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, and a corrupt spring.
27 It is not good to eate much hony: so to search their owne glory is not glory.
28 A man that refraineth not his appetite, is like a citie which is broken downe and without walles.