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 1thyself of ato morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
2 1Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
3 A stone is aheavy, and the sand weighty; 1but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
4 aWrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before benvy?
5 1Open rebuke is better than secret love.
6 1Faithful are the wounds of a friend; 2but the kisses of an enemy are adeceitful.
7 The 1full soul aloatheth an honeycomb; 2but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8 As 1a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: 1so doth the sweetness of a man's friend aby hearty counsel.
10 1Thine 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 1My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
12 A 1prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but 2the simple pass on, and are punished.
13 1Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
14 He 1that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
15 A 1continual 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 1bewrayeth itself.
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; 1so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
18 1Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he 2that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
19 As in water face answereth to face, 1so the heart of man to man.
20 1Hell and destruction are anever full; so 2the eyes of man are never satisfied.
21 as 1the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
22 1Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23 Be 1thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and alook well to thy herds.
24 1For ariches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure bto every generation?
25 The 1hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
26 The 1lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
27 1And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the amaintenance for thy maidens.