1. These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed. 2. It 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. Take away the dross from the silver, And there comes out a vessel for the smith; 5. Take away the wicked before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness. 6. Do not claim honor in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of great men; 7. For it is better that it be said to you, ``Come up here," Than for you to be placed lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen. 8. Do not go out hastily to argue your case; Otherwise, what will you do in the end, When your neighbor humiliates you? 9. Argue your case with your neighbor, And do not reveal the secret of another, 10. Or he who hears it will reproach you, And the evil report about you will not pass away.
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