أَمْثَالٌ 25

هَذِهِ أَيْضًا أَمْثَالُ سُلَيْمَانَ ٱلَّتِي نَقَلَهَا رِجَالُ حَزَقِيَّا مَلِكِ يَهُوذَا: ١ 1
These are more proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah.
مَجْدُ ٱللهِ إِخْفَاءُ ٱلْأَمْرِ، وَمَجْدُ ٱلْمُلُوكِ فَحْصُ ٱلْأَمْرِ. ٢ 2
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to search it out.
اَلسَّمَاءُ لِلْعُلُوِّ، وَٱلْأَرْضُ لِلْعُمْقِ، وَقُلُوبُ ٱلْمُلُوكِ لَا تُفْحَصُ. ٣ 3
Like the heavens are for height and the earth is for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.
أَزِلِ ٱلزَّغَلَ مِنَ ٱلْفِضَّةِ، فَيَخْرُجَ إِنَاءٌ لِلصَّائِغِ. ٤ 4
Remove the dross from the silver and a metal worker can use the silver in his craft.
أَزِلِ ٱلشِّرِّيرَ مِنْ قُدَّامِ ٱلْمَلِكِ، فَيُثَبَّتَ كُرْسِيُّهُ بِٱلْعَدْلِ. ٥ 5
Even so, remove wicked people from the presence of the king and his throne will be established by doing what is right.
لَا تَتَفَاخَرْ أَمَامَ ٱلْمَلِكِ، وَلَا تَقِفْ فِي مَكَانِ ٱلْعُظَمَاءِ، ٦ 6
Do not honor yourself in the king's presence and do not stand in the place designated for great people.
لِأَنَّهُ خَيْرٌ أَنْ يُقَالَ لَكَ: ٱرْتَفِعْ إِلَى هُنَا، مِنْ أَنْ تُحَطَّ فِي حَضْرَةِ ٱلرَّئِيسِ ٱلَّذِي رَأَتْهُ عَيْنَاكَ. ٧ 7
It is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman. What you have witnessed,
لَا تَبْرُزْ عَاجِلًا إِلَى ٱلْخِصَامِ، لِئَلَّا تَفْعَلَ شَيْئًا فِي ٱلْآخِرِ حِينَ يُخْزِيكَ قَرِيبُكَ. ٨ 8
do not bring quickly to trial. For what will you do in the end when your neighbor puts you to shame?
أَقِمْ دَعْوَاكَ مَعَ قَرِيبِكَ، وَلَا تُبحْ بِسِرِّ غَيْرِكَ، ٩ 9
Argue your case between you and your neighbor himself and do not disclose another's secret,
لِئَلَّا يُعَيِّرَكَ ٱلسَّامِعُ، فَلَا تَنْصَرِفَ فَضِيحَتُكَ. ١٠ 10
or else the one who hears you will bring shame upon you and an evil report about you that cannot be silenced.
تُفَّاحٌ مِنْ ذَهَبٍ فِي مَصُوغٍ مِنْ فِضَّةٍ، كَلِمَةٌ مَقُولَةٌ فِي مَحَلِّهَا. ١١ 11
Apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in the right situation.
قُرْطٌ مِنْ ذَهَبٍ وَحُلِيٌّ مِنْ إِبْرِيزٍ، ٱلْمُوَبِّخُ ٱلْحَكِيمُ لِأُذُنٍ سَامِعَةٍ. ١٢ 12
A gold ring or jewelry made of fine gold is a wise rebuke to a listening ear.
كَبَرْدِ ٱلثَّلْجِ فِي يَوْمِ ٱلْحَصَادِ، ٱلرَّسُولُ ٱلْأَمِينُ لِمُرْسِلِيهِ، لِأَنَّهُ يَرُدُّ نَفْسَ سَادَتِهِ. ١٣ 13
Like the cold of snow at harvest time is a faithful messenger for those who sent him; he brings back the life of his masters.
سَحَابٌ وَرِيحٌ بِلَا مَطَرٍ، ٱلرَّجُلُ ٱلْمُفْتَخِرُ بِهَدِيَّةِ كَذِبٍ. ١٤ 14
Clouds and wind without rain is the one who boasts about a gift he does not give.
بِبُطْءِ ٱلْغَضَبِ يُقْنَعُ ٱلرَّئِيسُ، وَٱللِّسَانُ ٱللَّيِّنُ يَكْسِرُ ٱلْعَظْمَ. ١٥ 15
With patience a ruler can be persuaded and a soft tongue can break a bone.
أَوَجَدْتَ عَسَلًا؟ فَكُلْ كِفَايَتَكَ، لِئَلَّا تَتَّخِمَ فَتَتَقَيَّأَهُ. ١٦ 16
If you find honey, eat just enough— otherwise, having too much of it, you vomit it up.
اِجْعَلْ رِجْلَكَ عَزِيزَةً فِي بَيْتِ قَرِيبِكَ، لِئَلَّا يَمَلَّ مِنْكَ فَيُبْغِضَكَ. ١٧ 17
Do not set your foot in your neighbor's house too often, he may become tired of you and hate you.
مِقْمَعَةٌ وَسَيْفٌ وَسَهْمٌ حَادٌّ، ٱلرَّجُلُ ٱلْمُجِيبُ قَرِيبَهُ بِشَهَادَةِ زُورٍ. ١٨ 18
A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a club used in war, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
سِنٌّ مَهْتُومَةٌ وَرِجْلٌ مُخَلَّعَةٌ، ٱلثِّقَةُ بِٱلْخَائِنِ فِي يَوْمِ ٱلضِّيقِ. ١٩ 19
An unfaithful man in whom you trust in a time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
كَنَزْعِ ٱلثَّوْبِ فِي يَوْمِ ٱلْبَرْدِ، كَخَلٍّ عَلَى نَطْرُونٍ، مَنْ يُغَنِّي أَغَانِيَّ لِقَلْبٍ كَئِيبٍ. ٢٠ 20
Like a person who takes off a garment in cold weather, or like vinegar poured upon carbonate of soda, is the one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
إِنْ جَاعَ عَدُوُّكَ فَأَطْعِمْهُ خُبْزًا، وَإِنْ عَطِشَ فَٱسْقِهِ مَاءً، ٢١ 21
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
فَإِنَّكَ تَجْمَعُ جَمْرًا عَلَى رَأْسِهِ، وَٱلرَّبُّ يُجَازِيكَ. ٢٢ 22
for you will shovel coals of fire on his head and Yahweh will reward you.
رِيحُ ٱلشِّمَالِ تَطْرُدُ ٱلْمَطَرَ، وَٱلْوَجْهُ ٱلْمُعْبِسُ يَطْرُدُ لِسَانًا ثَالِبًا. ٢٣ 23
As surely as the north wind brings rain, so a tongue that tells secrets will result in angry faces.
اَلسُّكْنَى فِي زَاوِيَةِ ٱلسَّطْحِ، خَيْرٌ مِنِ ٱمْرَأَةٍ مُخَاصِمَةٍ فِي بَيْتٍ مُشْتَرِكٍ. ٢٤ 24
It is better to live on a corner of the roof than in a house shared with a quarreling wife.
مِيَاهٌ بَارِدَةٌ لِنَفْسٍ عَطْشَانَةٍ، ٱلْخَبَرُ ٱلطَّيِّبُ مِنْ أَرْضٍ بَعِيدَةٍ. ٢٥ 25
Like cold waters to one who is thirsty, so is good news from a far country.
عَيْنٌ مُكَدَّرَةٌ وَيَنْبُوعٌ فَاسِدٌ، ٱلصِّدِّيقُ ٱلْمُنْحَنِي أَمَامَ ٱلشِّرِّيرِ. ٢٦ 26
Like a fouled spring or a ruined fountain is a righteous person tottering before wicked people.
أَكْلُ كَثِيرٍ مِنَ ٱلْعَسَلِ لَيْسَ بِحَسَنٍ، وَطَلَبُ ٱلنَّاسِ مَجْدَ أَنْفُسِهِمْ ثَقِيلٌ. ٢٧ 27
It is not good to eat too much honey; that is like searching for honor after honor.
مَدِينَةٌ مُنْهَدِمَةٌ بِلَا سُورٍ، ٱلرَّجُلُ ٱلَّذِي لَيْسَ لَهُ سُلْطَانٌ عَلَى رُوحِهِ. ٢٨ 28
A person without self-control is like a city breached and without walls.