Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Day 196: Proverbs 25 - 27

Chapter: 25

1: Here are some more of Solomon's proverbs, transcribed at the court of Hezekiah king of Judah:
2: To conceal a matter, this is the glory of God, to sift it thoroughly, the glory of kings.
3: The heavens for height and the earth for depth, unfathomable, as are the hearts of kings.
4: From silver remove the dross and it emerges wholly purified;
5: from the king's presence remove the wicked and on uprightness his throne is founded.
6: In the presence of the king do not give yourself airs, do not take a place among the great;
7: better to be invited, 'Come up here', than be humiliated in the presence of the prince.
8: What your eyes have witnessed do not produce too quickly at the trial, for what are you to do at the end should your neighbour confute you?
9: Have the quarrel out with your neighbour. but do not disclose another's secret,
10: for fear your listener put you to shame, and the loss of repute be irremediable.
11: Like apples of gold inlaid with silver is a word that is aptly spoken.
12: A golden ring, an ornament of finest gold, is a wise rebuke to an attentive ear.
13: The coolness of snow in harvest time, such is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him: he revives the soul of his master.
14: Clouds and wind, but no rain: such is anyone whose promises are princely but never kept.
15: With patience a judge may be cajoled: a soft tongue breaks bones.
16: Eat to your satisfaction what honey you may find, but not to excess or you will bring it up again.
17: Do not set foot too often in your neighbour's house, for fear the neighbour tire of you and come to hate you.
18: A mace, a sword, a piercing arrow, such is anyone who bears false witness against a companion.
19: Decaying tooth, lame foot, such is the fickle when trusted in time of trouble:
20: as well take off your coat in bitter weather. You are pouring vinegar on a wound when you sing songs to a sorrowing heart.
21: If your enemy is hungry, give him something to eat; if thirsty, something to drink.
22: By this you will be heaping red-hot coals on his head, and Yahweh will reward you.
23: The north wind begets the rain, and a backbiting tongue, black looks.
24: Better the corner of a roof to live on than a house shared with a quarrelsome woman.
25: Cold water to a thirsty throat; such is good news from a distant land.
26: A churned -- up spring, a fountain fouled; such is the upright person trembling before the wicked.
27: It is not good to eat too much honey, nor to seek for glory on top of glory.
28: An open town, and without defences: such is anyone who lacks self-control.

Chapter: 26

1: Snow no more befits the summer, nor rain the harvest-time, than honours befit a fool.
2: As the sparrow escapes, and the swallow flies away, so the undeserved curse will never hit its mark.
3: A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and for the backs of fools, a stick.
4: Do not answer a fool in the terms of his folly for fear you grow like him yourself.
5: Answer a fool in the terms of his folly for fear he imagine himself wise.
6: He wounds himself, he takes violence for his drink, who sends a message by a fool.
7: Unreliable as the legs of the lame, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
8: As well tie the stone to the sling as pay honour to a fool.
9: A thorn branch in a drunkard's hand, such is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10: An archer wounding everyone, such is he who hires the passing fool and drunkard.
11: As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool reverts to his folly.
12: You see someone who thinks himself wise? More to be hoped for from a fool than from him!
13: 'A wild beast on the road!' says the idler, 'a lion in the streets!'
14: The door turns on its hinges, the idler on his bed.
15: Into the dish the idler dips his hand, but is too tired to bring it back to his mouth.
16: The idler thinks himself wiser than seven people who answer with discretion.
17: He takes a stray dog by the ears, who meddles in someone else's quarrel.
18: Like a madman hurling firebrands, arrows and death,
19: so is anyone who lies to a companion and then says, 'Aren't I amusing?'
20: No wood, and the fire goes out; no slanderer, and quarrelling dies down.
21: Charcoal for live embers, wood for fire, and the quarrelsome for kindling strife.
22: The words of a slanderer are tasty morsels that go right down into the belly.
23: Base silver-plate on top of clay: such are fervent lips and a wicked heart.
24: Whoever hates may hide it in speech, but deep within lies treachery;
25: do not trust such a person's pretty speeches, since in the heart lurk seven abominations.
26: Hatred may disguise itself with guile, to reveal its wickedness later in the assembly.
27: Whoever digs a pit falls into it, the stone comes back on him that rolls it.
28: The lying tongue hates its victims, the wheedling mouth causes ruin.

Chapter: 27

1: Do not congratulate yourself about tomorrow, since you do not know what today will bring forth.
2: Let someone else sing your praises, but not your own mouth, a stranger, but not your own lips.
3: Heavy is the stone, weighty is the sand; heavier than both -- a grudge borne by a fool.
4: Cruel is wrath, overwhelming is anger; but jealousy, who can withstand that?
5: Better open reproof than feigned love.
6: Trustworthy are blows from a friend, deceitful are kisses from a foe.
7: The gorged throat revolts at honey, the hungry throat finds all bitterness sweet.
8: Like a bird that strays from its nest, so is anyone who strays away from home.
9: Oil and perfume gladden the heart, and the sweetness of friendship rather than self-reliance.
10: Do not give up your friend or your father's friend; when trouble comes, do not go off to your brother's house, better a near neighbour than a distant brother.
11: Learn to be wise, my child, and gladden my heart, that I may have an answer for anyone who insults me.
12: The discreet sees danger and takes shelter, simpletons go ahead and pay the penalty.
13: Take the man's clothes! He has gone surety for a stranger. Take a pledge from him, for persons unknown.
14: Whoever at dawn loudly blesses his neighbour -- it will be reckoned to him as a curse.
15: The dripping of a gutter on a rainy day and a quarrelsome woman are alike;
16: whoever can restrain her, can restrain the wind, and take a firm hold on grease.
17: Iron is sharpened by iron, one person is sharpened by contact with another.
18: Whoever tends the fig tree eats its figs, whoever looks after his master will be honoured.
19: As water reflects face back to face, so one human heart reflects another.
20: Sheol and Perdition are never satisfied, insatiable, too, are human eyes.
21: A furnace for silver, a foundry for gold: a person is worth what his reputation is worth.
22: Pound a fool in a mortar, among grain with a pestle, his folly will not leave him.
23: Know your flocks' condition well, take good care of your herds;
24: for riches do not last forever, crowns do not hand themselves on from age to age.
25: The grass once gone, the aftergrowth appearing, the hay gathered in from the mountains,
26: you should have lambs to clothe you, goats to buy you a field,

27: goat's milk sufficient to feed you, to feed your household and provide for your serving girls.

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