1These are some more wise sayings of Solomon. These words were copied by servants of Hezekiah, king of Judah: 2God has the right to hide things that he does not want us to know about. But a king is honored for the things he says. 3The sky is high above and the ground is under us. It is the same with the minds of kings. We can’t understand them. 4If you take the worthless things from silver and make it pure, then a worker can make beautiful things. 5In the same way, if you take evil advisers away from a king, then goodness will make his kingdom strong. 6Don’t brag about yourself before a king. Don’t say that you are a famous person. 7It is much better for the king to invite you himself. But if you invite yourself, then you might be embarrassed in front of other people. 8Don’t be too quick to tell a judge about something you saw. If another person proves that you are wrong, then you will be embarrassed. 9If you and another person can’t agree, then decide among yourselves what to do. And don’t tell about another person’s secret. 10If you do, then you will be ashamed. And you will never lose that bad name. 11Saying the right thing at the right time is like a golden apple in a silver setting. 12If a wise person gives you a warning, it is worth more than gold rings or jewelry made from the finest gold. 13A messenger that can be trusted is worth much to the people who send him. He is like cool water during the hot days of harvest. 14People who promise to give gifts, but never give them, are like clouds and wind that bring no rain. 15Patient talk can make any person change his thinking, even a ruler. Gentle talk is very powerful. 16Honey is good, but don’t eat too much of it. If you do, then you will be sick. 17In the same way, don’t go into your neighbor’s home too often. If you do, then he will begin to hate you. 18A person who does not tell the truth is dangerous. He is like a club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow. 19Never depend on a liar during times of trouble. That person is like a hurting tooth or a crippled foot. ˻He hurts you when you need him most.˼ 20Singing happy songs to a sad person is like taking away his clothes when he is cold. It is like mixing soda and vinegar. 21If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat. If your enemy is thirsty, give him water to drink. 22If you do this, then you will make him ashamed. It is like putting burning coals on his head. And the Lord will reward you because you were good to your enemy. 23The wind that blows from the north brings rain. And in the same way, gossip brings anger. 24It is better to live in a small corner of the attic than to share the house with a woman that is always arguing. 25Good news from a faraway place is like a cool drink of water when you are hot and thirsty. 26If a good person becomes weak and follows an evil person, it is the same as good water that has become dirty. 27If you eat too much honey it is not good for you. In the same way, don’t try to get too much honor for yourself. 28A person that can’t control himself is like a city without walls to protect it.