Observations about kings,
Proverbs 25:1 These also are the parables of Salomon, which the men of Ezekiah Kynge of Iuda copied out. Proverbs 25:2 It is þe honour of God to kepe a thinge secrete, but þe kynges honour is to search out a thyng. Proverbs 25:3 The heauen is hye, the earth is depe, & the kynges herte is vnsearcheable. Proverbs 25:4 Take þe drosse from þe syluer, & there shalbe a cleane vessell therof. Proverbs 25:5 Take awaye vngodlynesse from þe kinge, & his seate shalbe stablished wt ryghteousnes. Proverbs 25:6 Put not forth thy selfe in the presence of þe king, & preace not into þe place of greate men. Proverbs 25:7 Better is it that it be sayde vnto þe: come vp hyther, then þu to be put lower in the presence of the prince whom þu seyst wt thyne eyes.
and about avoiding of quarrels, and sundry causes thereof.
Proverbs 25:8 Be not hastie to go to the lawe, lest happlye þu do some offence after þe strife be ended wherby thy neyghbour put the to shame. Proverbs 25:9 Handle thy matter wt thy neyghbour him selfe, and discouer not another mans secrete: Proverbs 25:10 lest when men heare therof, it turne to thy disshonoure, and least thyne euell name do not ceasse. Proverbs 25:11 A worde spoken in due season, is lyke apples of golde in a graued worke of syluer. Proverbs 25:12 The correccion of þe wyse is to an obedient eare, a golden cheine & a Iewell of golde. Proverbs 25:13 Lyke as the winter coole in the haruest, so is a faythfull messaunger to them þt send him: for he refressheth his masters mynde. Proverbs 25:14 Whoso maketh greate boastes & geueth nothyng, is lyke cloudes & wynde without rayne. Proverbs 25:15 With pacience is a prince pacified, & wt a soft tong is rygorousnes broken. Proverbs 25:16 If þu findest hony, eate so moch as is sufficient for þe: lest þu be ouerfull, & perbrake it out agayne. Proverbs 25:17 Withdraw thy foote from thy neyghbours house least he be wery of þe, & so abhorre þe. Proverbs 25:18 Who so beareth false wytnesse against his neyghboure, he is a very clubb, a swearde, & a sharpe arowe. Proverbs 25:19 The hope þt is put in a false man in tyme of neade, is lyke a rotten toth & a slypperi foote. Proverbs 25:20 who so taketh awaye a mans garment in the colde wether, is lyke vyneger vpon chalck, or lyke him þt syngeth songes to an heuie hart. Proverbs 25:21 If thyne enemye honger, feade him: yf he thryst, geue him drinke: Proverbs 25:22 for so shalt thou heape coales of fyre vpon hys head, and the Lorde shall rewarde the. Proverbs 25:23 The North winde dryueth awaye the rayne, euen so doth an earnest sober countenaunce a backbyters tonge, Proverbs 25:24 It is better to syt in a corner vnder the rofe, then with a brauling woman in a wyde house: Proverbs 25:25 A good reporte out of a farre countre, is lyke coulde water to a thyrstie soule. Proverbs 25:26 A ryghteous man fallynge downe before the vngodly, is lyke a troubled well & a springe that is destroyed. Proverbs 25:27 Lyke as it is not good to eate to moch hony, euen so he that will search out hye thynges, it shall be to heuy for hym. Proverbs 25:28 He þt cannot rule hym selfe, is lyke a cyte which is broken downe, & hath no walles.