The king authorized his release; 1 the ruler of nations set him free.
To discern 1 the meaning of 2 a proverb and a parable, 3 the sayings of the wise 4 and their 5 riddles. 6
You made us 1 an object of ridicule 2 among the nations; foreigners treat us with contempt. 3
If a ruler listens to 1 lies, 2 all his ministers 3 will be wicked. 4
You made people like fish in the sea, like animals in the sea 1 that have no ruler.
It’s like the old proverb says: ‘From evil people evil proceeds.’ But my hand will not be against you.
He composed 1 3,000 proverbs and 1,005 songs.
Within the territory of the tribe of Asher: Mashal and its pasturelands, Abdon and its pasturelands,
He rules 1 by his power forever; he watches 2 the nations. Stubborn rebels should not exalt 3 themselves. (Selah)
Luxury is not appropriate 1 for a fool; 2 how much less for a servant to rule over princes! 3
Like 1 a roaring lion or a roving bear, 2 so is a wicked ruler over a poor people. 3
Send rams as tribute to the ruler of the land, 1 from Sela in the desert 2 to the hill of Daughter Zion.
“Son of man, offer a riddle, 1 and tell a parable to the house of Israel.
They told him, “Joseph is still alive and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt!” Jacob was stunned, 1 for he did not believe them.
The men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us – you, your son, and your grandson. For you have delivered us from Midian’s power.” 1
Angrily wipe them out! Wipe them out so they vanish! Let them know that God rules in Jacob and to the ends of the earth! (Selah)
Do not lose your courage or become afraid because of the reports that are heard in the land. For a report will come in one year. Another report will follow it in the next. There will be violence in the land with ruler fighting against ruler.”
“As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, 1 you will not quote this proverb in Israel anymore!
Recite a proverb to this rebellious house 1 and say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: “‘Set on the pot, 2 set it on, pour water in it too;
King Sihon of the Amorites who lived 1 in Heshbon and ruled from Aroer (on the edge of the Arnon Valley) – including the city in the middle of the valley 2 and half of Gilead – all the way to the Jabbok Valley bordering Ammonite territory.