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Similitudes, Instructions

1 These also are aproverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.

[1] aPv 1:1

  2 ¶ It is the glory of God to aconceal a matter,
  But the glory of bkings is to search out a matter.
  3 [As] the heavens for height and the earth for depth,
  So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
  4 Take away the adross from the silver,
  And there comes out a vessel for the bsmith;
  5 Take away the awicked before the king,
  And his bthrone will be established in righteousness.
  6 Do not claim honor in the presence of the king,
  And do not stand in the place of great men;
  7 For ait is better that it be said to you, “Come up here,”
  Than for you to be placed lower in the presence of the prince,
  Whom your eyes have seen.

[2] aDt 29:29; Ro 11:33 bEzr 6:1
[4] aPv 26:23; Ezk 22:18 bMal 3:2, 3
[5] aPv 20:8 bPv 16:12
[7] aLk 14:7-11

  8 ¶ Do not go out ahastily to Iargue [your case];
  IIOtherwise, what will you do in IIIthe end,
  When your neighbor humiliates you?
  9 IaArgue your case with your neighbor,
  And bdo not reveal the secret of another,
  10 Or he who hears [it] will reproach you,
  And the evil report about you will not Ipass away.

[8] ILit contend IILit Lest IIILit its aPv 17:14; Mt 5:25
[9] ILit Contend aMt 18:15 bPv 11:13
[10] ILit return

  11 ¶ [Like] apples of gold in settings of silver
  Is a aword spoken in Iright circumstances.
  12 [Like] Ian aearring of gold and an bornament of cfine gold
  Is a wise reprover to a dlistening ear.
  13 Like the cold of snow in the Itime of harvest
  Is a afaithful messenger to those who send him,
  For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
  14 [Like] aclouds and bwind without rain
  Is a man who boasts Iof his gifts falsely.
  15 By Iaforbearance a ruler may be persuaded,
  And a soft tongue breaks the bone.
  16 Have you afound honey? Eat [only] Iwhat you need,
  That you not have it in excess and vomit it.
  17 Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house,
  Or he will become Iweary of you and hate you.
  18 [Like] a club and a asword and a sharp barrow
  Is a man who bears cfalse witness against his neighbor.
  19 [Like] a bad tooth and Ian unsteady foot
  Is confidence in a afaithless man in time of trouble.
  20 [Like] one who takes off a garment on a cold day, [or like] vinegar on Isoda,
  Is he who sings songs to IIa troubled heart.
  21 aIf Iyour enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
  And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
  22 For you will Iheap burning coals on his head,
  And athe LORD will reward you.
  23 The north wind brings forth rain,
  And a Iabackbiting tongue, an angry countenance.
  24 It is abetter to live in a corner of the roof
  Than Iin a house shared with a contentious woman.
  25 [Like] cold water to a weary soul,
  So is agood news from a distant land.
  26 [Like] a atrampled spring and a Ipolluted well
  Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
  27 It is not good to eat much honey,
  Nor is it glory to asearch out Ione’s own glory.
  28 [Like] a acity that is broken into [and] without walls
  Is a man bwho has no control over his spirit.

[11] ILit its aPv 15:23
[12] IOr a nose ring aEx 32:2; 35:22; Ezk 16:12 b2S 1:24 cJb 28:17 dPv 15:31; 20:12
[13] ILit day aPv 13:17
[14] ILit in a gift of falsehood aJde 12 bJr 5:13; Mi 2:11
[15] ILit length of anger aGn 32:4; 1S 25:24; Ec 10:4
[16] ILit your sufficiency aJg 14:8; 1S 14:25
[17] ILit surfeited with
[18] aPs 57:4; Pv 12:18 bJr 9:8 cEx 20:16; Pv 24:28
[19] ILit a slipping foot aJb 6:15; Is 36:6
[20] II.e. natron IILit an evil
[21] ILit one who hates you aEx 23:4, 5; 2K 6:22; 2Ch 28:15; Mt 5:44; Ro 12:20
[22] ILit snatch up a2S 16:12; Mt 6:4, 6
[23] ILit tongue of secrecy aPs 101:5
[24] ILit with a woman of contentions and a house of association aPv 21:9
[25] aPv 15:30
[26] ILit ruined aEzk 32:2; 34:18, 19
[27] ILit their aPv 27:2; Lk 14:11
[28] aPv 16:32 b2Ch 32:5; Ne 1:3


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Observations about kings,

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 finer. 5 Take away the wicked [from] before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness. 6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great [men]: 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 have seen.

[1] 1K 4:32; Pv 1:1; 10:1; Ec 12:9; Is 1:1; 36:22; 37:2; Ho 1:1; Mi 1:1.
[2] Dt 29:29; 1K 3:9; 4:29; Ezr 4:15, 19; 5:17; 6:1; Jb 11:7; 29:16; 38:4; 39:1; 40:2; 42:3; Ro 11:33.
[3] 1K 4:29; Ps 103:11; Is 7:11; 55:9; Ro 8:39; 1P 1:7.
[4] Pv 17:3; Is 1:25; Mal 3:3; 2Ti 2:20; 1P 1:7.
[5] 1K 2:33, 46; Es 7:10; 8:11; Ps 101:7; Pv 16:12; 20:8, 28; 29:14; Is 9:7; 16:5.
[6] Ex 3:11; 1S 9:20; 15:17; 18:18; 2S 7:8; Ps 131:1; Pv 16:19; 25:27; 27:2; Jr 1:6; Am 7:12.
[7] Pv 16:19; Lk 14:8; 18:14; 1P 5:5; Rv 4:1.

and about avoiding of quarrels, and sundry causes thereof.

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 [himself]; and discover not a secret to another: 10 Lest he that heareth [it] put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away. 11 A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver. 12 [As] an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, [so is] a wise reprover upon an obedient 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 Whoso 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 therewith, and vomit it. 17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and [so] hate thee. 18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour [is] a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow. 19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble [is like] a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. 20 [As] he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, [and as] vinegar upon nitre, so [is] he that singeth songs to an heavy 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 the LORD shall reward thee. 23 The north wind driveth away rain: so [doth] an angry countenance a backbiting tongue. 24 [It is] better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house. 25 [As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so [is] good news from a far country. 26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked [is as] a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring. 27 [It is] not good to eat much honey: so [for men] to search their own 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.

[8] 2S 2:14, 26; 2K 14:8; Pv 14:12; 17:14; 18:6; 30:33; Jr 5:31; Mt 5:25; Lk 14:31.
[9] Pv 11:13; 20:19; Mt 18:5.
[10] Ps 119:39.
[11] Pv 15:23; 24:26; Ec 12:10; Is 50:4.
[12] 1S 25:31; Jb 42:11; Ps 141:5; Pv 1:8; 9:8; 15:5, 31; 27:5.
[13] Pv 13:17; 25:25; 26:6; Php 2:25.
[14] 1K 22:11; Pv 20:6; Lk 14:11; 18:10; 2Co 11:13, 31; 2P 2:15; Jde 1:12, 16.
[15] Gn 32:4; 1S 25:14, 24; Pv 15:1; 16:14; Ec 10:4.
[16] Jg 14:8; 1S 14:25; Pv 23:8; 24:13; 25:27; Is 7:15, 22; Lk 21:34; Ep 5:18.
[17] Gn 19:2; Jg 19:18; Ro 15:24.
[18] Ps 52:2; 55:21; 57:4; 120:3; 140:3; Pv 12:18; Jr 9:3, 8; Jm 3:6.
[19] 2Ch 28:20; Jb 6:14; Is 30:1; 36:6; Ezk 29:6; 2Ti 4:16.
[20] Dt 24:12; Jb 24:7; Ps 137:3; Pv 10:26; Ec 3:4; Is 58:7; Dn 6:18; Ro 12:15; Jm 2:15; 5:15.
[21] Ex 23:4; Pv 24:17; Mt 5:44; Lk 10:33; Ro 12:20.
[22] 2S 16:12; Mt 10:13; 1Co 15:18.
[23] Jb 37:22; Ps 15:3; 101:5; Pv 26:20; Ro 1:30; 2Co 12:20.
[24] Pv 19:13; 21:9, 19; 27:15.
[25] Gn 21:16; Ex 17:2, 6; Jg 15:18; 2S 23:15; Ps 42:1; 63:1; Pv 15:30; Is 52:7; 55:1; Jr 18:14; Na 1:15; Lk 2:10; Jn 7:37; Ro 10:15; 1Ti 1:15; Rv 21:6; 22:17.
[26] Gn 4:8; 1S 22:14; 2Ch 24:21; Mt 23:34; 26:69; Ac 7:52; 1Th 2:15; Rv 17:6.
[27] Pv 25:16; 27:2; Jn 5:44; 2Co 12:1, 11; Php 2:3.
[28] 1S 20:30; 25:17; Pv 16:32; 22:24.


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