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箴言 25

所罗门的箴言(续)

1以下也是所罗门的箴言,由犹大王希西迦的人抄录。

将事隐藏是上帝的荣耀,
    把事查明是君王的光荣。
天之高,地之厚,
    君王的心测不透。
除掉银子里的渣滓,
    银匠就能铸造器皿。
清除君王身边的恶人,
    王位必因公义而巩固。
不可在王面前妄自尊大,
    不要占据大人物的位子。
与其在权贵面前受羞辱,
    不如等人邀请你坐上座。
不可鲁莽地打官司,
    以免败诉、羞愧难当。
遇到跟邻舍争讼,
    不可泄露其秘密,
10 免得听见的人辱骂你,
    你的恶名将永难洗刷。
11 一句话说得合宜,
    就像金苹果放在银器里。
12 对受教者而言,
    智者的责备犹如金耳环和金饰物。
13 忠信的使者叫主人心里舒畅,
    就像夏收之时有冰雪的凉气。
14 夸口送礼物却食言的人,
    就像没有雨水的风和云。
15 坚忍说服君王,
    柔舌折断骨头。
16 找到蜂蜜要酌量而食,
    免得吃多了呕吐。
17 不要频频去邻舍家,
    免得惹人烦、遭人厌。
18 作伪证陷害邻舍的人,
    无异于大锤、刀和利箭。
19 危难时投靠奸诈之人,
    形同倚靠坏牙和跛脚。
20 对忧伤的人唱歌,
    如同天寒脱衣、伤口撒盐。
21 你的仇敌若饿了,
    就给他吃的;
    若渴了,就给他水喝;
22 因为你这是把炭火堆在他头上,
    耶和华必奖赏你。
23 北风带来雨水,
    谗言激起愤怒。
24 宁愿住在屋顶的一角,
    不跟争闹的妻子同屋。
25 有好消息从远方传来,
    如凉水滋润干渴的人。
26 义人向恶人低头,
    就像清泉被搅浑,
    水井受污染。
27 蜂蜜吃得太多有害无益,
    追求自己的荣耀也不光彩。
28 无法自制的人就像被攻破的无墙之城。

The Message

Proverbs 25

Further Wise Sayings of Solomon

The Right Word at the Right Time

1There are also these proverbs of Solomon,
    collected by scribes of Hezekiah, king of Judah.

God delights in concealing things;
    scientists delight in discovering things.

Like the horizons for breadth and the ocean for depth,
    the understanding of a good leader is broad and deep.

4-5 Remove impurities from the silver
    and the silversmith can craft a fine chalice;
Remove the wicked from leadership
    and authority will be credible and God-honoring.

6-7 Don’t work yourself into the spotlight;
    don’t push your way into the place of prominence.
It’s better to be promoted to a place of honor
    than face humiliation by being demoted.

Don’t jump to conclusions—there may be
    a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw.

9-10 In the heat of an argument,
    don’t betray confidences;
Word is sure to get around,
    and no one will trust you.

11-12 The right word at the right time
    is like a custom-made piece of jewelry,
And a wise friend’s timely reprimand
    is like a gold ring slipped on your finger.

13 Reliable friends who do what they say
    are like cool drinks in sweltering heat—refreshing!

14 Like billowing clouds that bring no rain
    is the person who talks big but never produces.

15 Patient persistence pierces through indifference;
    gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses.

A Person Without Self-Control

16-17 When you’re given a box of candy, don’t gulp it all down;
    eat too much chocolate and you’ll make yourself sick;
And when you find a friend, don’t outwear your welcome;
    show up at all hours and he’ll soon get fed up.

18 Anyone who tells lies against the neighbors
    in court or on the street is a loose cannon.

19 Trusting a double-crosser when you’re in trouble
    is like biting down on an abscessed tooth.

20 Singing light songs to the heavyhearted
    is like pouring salt in their wounds.

21-22 If you see your enemy hungry, go buy him lunch;
    if he’s thirsty, bring him a drink.
Your generosity will surprise him with goodness,
    and God will look after you.

23 A north wind brings stormy weather,
    and a gossipy tongue stormy looks.

24 Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack
    than share a mansion with a nagging spouse.

25 Like a cool drink of water when you’re worn out and weary
    is a letter from a long-lost friend.

26 A good person who gives in to a bad person
    is a muddied spring, a polluted well.

27 It’s not smart to stuff yourself with sweets,
    nor is glory piled on glory good for you.

28 A person without self-control
    is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.