A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
The continual drip of rainwater, off of a roof to the ground, and the continual nagging of a woman are the same – annoying. The difference between the two – the rain water can be diverted to run off somewhere else but no matter what is done to divert the woman, if nagging is part of her character, she will continue to do it.
He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
An individual doesn’t appreciate loud, flattering greetings early in the morning when they are trying to sleep. Those type of greetings are more of a nuisance than a blessing.
Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
If a debt is not paid, the item or person that guaranteed it will be required to pay it. It is important, before guaranteeing a debt, to be sure that the person going into debt, can pay it.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
An individual that is sensible will see the coming evil and will do all that they can to avoid it but someone who is foolish will get caught in the evil and suffer the consequences.
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
A child’s behavior reflects on their parent’s instructions.
Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
The pleasantness of ointment and perfume is compared to the fragrance of loving advice from a friend. There is nothing more heartwarming than fellowship with a friend.
As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
An individual who has wandered from their home is one who is discontented and restless. They are like a bird that has strayed from their nest, neglecting their responsibilities, and failing to build anything solid and substantial.
The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
An individual who is overfed loses their appreciation of the choicest, sweetest food. But a person that is hungry is grateful for the crumbs leftover from a meal.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Most people do not want honesty when it comes to their faults. But it is a true friend that will risk the friendship to help someone with constructive criticism.
Open rebuke is better than secret love.
An open rebuke benefits the recipient but no one benefits from a love that is secret and hidden.