Various maxims and observations of Solomon, collected by the men of Hezekiah, about kings, and other subjects of both private and public concern.
1 BOAST not athyself of 1to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
2 bLet another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
3 A stone is 2heavy, and the sand weighty; cbut a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
4 3Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before 4envy?
5 dOpen rebuke is better than secret love.
6 eFaithful are the wounds of a friend; fbut the kisses of an enemy are 5deceitful.
7 The gfull soul 6loatheth an honeycomb; hbut to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8 As ia bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: jso doth the sweetness of a man's friend 7by hearty counsel.
10 kThine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
11 lMy son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
12 A mprudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but nthe simple pass on, and are punished.
13 oTake his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a *strange woman.
14 He pthat blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
15 A qcontinual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which r*bewrayeth itself.
- r: Mat. 26:73
- *: bewrayeth-betrays, reveals.
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; sso a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
18 tWhoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he uthat waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
20 wHell and destruction are 8never full; so xthe eyes of man are never satisfied.
21 As ythe *fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
22 zThough thou shouldest *bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23 Be athou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and 9look well to thy herds.
24 bFor 10riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure 11to every generation?
25 The chay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
26 The dlambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.