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The Wisdom of Israel

(Category 9 of 16)

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Further Wise Sayings of Solomon


1 Thesea also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:

2 aIt is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings 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 aTake away the dross from silver,

CHAPTER 25 References

1 a1 Kin. 4:32
2 aDeut. 29:29;
Rom. 11:33
4 a2 Tim. 2:21
5 aProv. 16:12;
7 aLuke
8 aProv. 17:14;
Matt. 5:25
1Lit. contend
or bring a
9 a[Matt.
18:15] 10 1the evil
report concerning
not pass
11 aProv.
15:23; Is. 50:4
13 aProv. 13:17
14 aProv. 20:6
bJude 12
15 aProv. 15:1
18 aPs. 57:4;
Prov. 12:18

And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in arighteousness.

6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of the great;
7 aFor it is better that he say to you, “Come up here,” Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.

8 aDo not go hastily to 1court; For what will you do in the end, When your neighbor has put you to shame?
9 aDebate your case with your neighbor, And do not disclose the secret to another;
10 Lest he who hears it expose your shame, And 1your reputation be ruined.

11 A word fitly aspoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.
12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.

13 aLike the cold of snow in time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters.

14 aWhoever falsely boasts of giving Is like bclouds and wind without rain.

15 aBy long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, And a gentle tongue breaks a bone.

16 Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit.

17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house, Lest he become weary of you and hate you.

18 aA man who bears false witness against his neighbor Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow.

19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble

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Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.

20 Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather, And like vinegar on soda, Is one who asings songs to a heavy heart.

21 aIf your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, aAnd the LORD will reward you.

23 The north wind brings forth rain, And aa backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

24 aIt is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

25 As cold water to a weary soul, So is agood news from a far country.

26 A righteous man who falters before the wicked Is like a murky spring and a 1polluted well.

27 It is not good to eat much honey; So ato seek one’s own glory is not glory.

28 aWhoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls.


1 As snow in summer aand rain in harvest, So honor is not fitting for a fool.

2 Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So aa curse without cause shall not alight.

3 aA whip for the horse, A bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the fool’s back.
4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him.
5 aAnswer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.
6 He who sends a message by the hand of a fool Cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
7 Like the legs of the lame that hang limp

20 aDan. 6:18
21 aEx. 23:4, 5;
2 Kin. 6:22;
2 Chr. 28:15;
Matt. 5:44;
Rom. 12:20
22 a2 Sam.
16:12; [Matt.
6:4, 6] 23 aPs. 101:5
24 aProv. 19:13
25 aProv. 15:30
26 1ruined
27 aProv. 27:2;
[Luke 14:11] 28 aProv. 16:32

CHAPTER 26 References

1 a1 Sam.
2 aNum. 23:8;
Deut. 23:5;
2 Sam. 16:12
3 aPs. 32:9;
Prov. 19:29
5 aMatt.
16:1–4; Rom.
10 1Heb. difficult
in v. 10;
ancient and
modern translators
11 a2 Pet. 2:22
bEx. 8:15
12 aProv.
29:20; Luke
18:11, 12;
[Rev. 3:17] 13 1Or plazas,
15 aProv. 19:24
1LXX, Syr.
bosom; Tg.,
Vg. armpit
19 aEph. 5:4
20 1gossip or
slanderer, lit.
21 aProv. 15:18
22 1gossip or
slanderer 2A
Jewish tradition
3Lit. rooms of
the belly
25 aPs. 28:3;
Prov. 26:23;
Jer. 9:8 1Lit.
his voice is


Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
8 Like one who binds a stone in a sling Is he who gives honor to a fool.
9 Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10 1The great God who formed everything Gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages.
11 aAs a dog returns to his own vomit, bSo a fool repeats his folly.
12 aDo you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the 1streets!”
14 As a door turns on its hinges, So does the lazy man on his bed.
15 The alazy man buries his hand in the 1bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth.
16 The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can answer sensibly.

17 He who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own Is like one who takes a dog by the ears.

18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death,
19 Is the man who deceives his neighbor, And says, a“I was only joking!”

20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no 1talebearer, strife ceases.
21 aAs charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, So is a contentious man to kindle strife.
22 The words of a 1talebearer are like 2tasty trifles, And they go down into the 3inmost body.

23 Fervent lips with a wicked heart Are like earthenware covered with silver dross.

24 He who hates, disguises it with his lips, And lays up deceit within himself;
25 aWhen 1he speaks kindly, do not believe him,

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For there are seven abominations in his heart;
26 Though his hatred is covered by deceit, His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.

27 aWhoever digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.

28 A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, And a flattering mouth works aruin.


1 Doa not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.

2 aLet another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.

3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, But a fool’s wrath is heavier than both of them.

4 Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But awho is able to stand before jealousy?

5 aOpen rebuke is better Than love carefully concealed.

6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are adeceitful.

7 A satisfied soul 1loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

8 Like a bird that wanders from its nest Is a man who wanders from his place.

9 Ointment and perfume delight the heart, And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by 1hearty counsel.

10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, Nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; aBetter is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.

11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, aThat I may answer him who reproaches me.

27 aEsth. 7:10;
Ps. 7:15; Prov.
28:10; Eccl.
28 aProv. 29:5

CHAPTER 27 References

1 aLuke
James 4:13–16
2 aProv. 25:27;
2 Cor. 10:12,
18; 12:11
4 aProv. 6:34;
1 John 3:12
5 a[Prov.
28:23]; Gal.
6 aMatt. 26:49
7 1tramples on
9 1Lit. counsel
of the soul
10 aProv.
17:17; 18:24
11 aProv. 10:1;
12 aProv. 22:3
15 aProv. 19:13
16 1Lit. hides
18 a2 Kin.
18:31; Song
8:12; Is. 36:16;
[1 Cor. 3:8;
9:7–13]; 2 Tim.
2:6 1protects
or tends
20 aProv.
30:15, 16;
Hab. 2:5
bEccl. 1:8; 4:8
1Or Sheol
2Heb. Abaddon
21 aProv. 17:3
22 aProv.
23:35; 26:11;
Jer. 5:3
23 aProv. 24:27
25 aPs. 104:14

12 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are apunished.

13 Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger, And hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.

14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, It will be counted a curse to him.

15 A acontinual dripping on a very rainy day And a contentious woman are alike;
16 Whoever 1restrains her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand.

17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

18 aWhoever 1keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit; So he who waits on his master will be honored.

19 As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man.

20 aHell1 and 2Destruction are never full; So bthe eyes of man are never satisfied.

21 aThe refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, And a man is valued by what others say of him.

22 aThough you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

23 Be diligent to know the state of your aflocks, And attend to your herds;
24 For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations.
25 aWhen the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,
26 The lambs will provide your clothing, And the goats the price of a field;
27 You shall have enough goats’ milk for your food, For the food of your household,

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And the nourishment of your

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A Prayer of Faith in Time of Distress

To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. aOn 1an eight-stringed harp. A Psalm of David.

1 O LORD, ado not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
2 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, aheal me, for my bones are troubled.
3 My soul also is greatly atroubled; But You, O LORD—how long?

4 Return, O LORD, deliver me! Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!
5 aFor in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?

PSALM 6 References

title aPs. 12:
title 1Heb.
1 aPs. 38:1;
118:18; [Jer.
10:24] 2 aPs. 41:4;
147:3; [Hos.
6:1] 3 aPs. 88:3;
John 12:27
5 aPs. 30:9;
115:17; [Eccl.
9:10]; Is. 38:18
6 1Or Every
7 aJob 17:7;
Ps. 31:9
8 a[Matt.
25:41] 8 bPs. 3:4; 28:6

6 I am weary with my groaning; 1All night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears.
7 aMy eye wastes away because of grief; It grows old because of all my enemies.

8 aDepart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the LORD has bheard the voice of my weeping.
9 The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer.
10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.




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