bd[See ver. 12 above]
bk[See ver. 20 above]
da[See ver. 26 above]

Proverbs 25

More Proverbs of Solomon

1These also are a  proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.

2 It is the glory of God to b  conceal things,
but the glory of kings is to c  search things out.
3As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,
so the heart of kings is d  unsearchable.
4Take away e  the dross from the silver,
and f  the smith has material for a vessel;
5take away g  the wicked from the presence of the king,
and his h  throne will be established in righteousness.
6Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence
or stand in the place of the great,
7for i  it is better to be told, “Come up here,”
than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.
What your eyes have seen
8 j  do not hastily bring into court,
Hebrew or else
what will you do in the end,
when your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 l  Argue your case with your neighbor himself,
and do not reveal another’s secret,
10lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,
and your ill repute have no end.
11 m  A word fitly spoken
is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
12Like n  a gold ring or an ornament of gold
is a wise reprover to o  a listening ear.
13Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest
is p  a faithful messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14Like q  clouds and wind without rain
is a man who r  boasts of a gift he does not give.
15 With s  patience a ruler may be persuaded,
and a soft tongue will break a bone.
16If you have t  found honey, eat u  only enough for you,
lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
17Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,
lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
18A man who v  bears false witness against his neighbor
is like a war club, or w  a sword, or a sharp arrow.
19Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble
is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
20Whoever x  sings songs to a heavy heart
is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,
and like vinegar on soda.
21 y  If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
22for you will heap z  burning coals on his head,
and the  Lord will reward you.
23The north wind brings forth rain,
and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
24 aa  It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
25Like cold water to ab  a thirsty soul,
so is ac  good news from a far country.
26Like ad  a muddied spring or a polluted fountain
is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
27It is ae  not good to eat much honey,
nor is it glorious to af  seek one’s own glory.
The meaning of the Hebrew line is uncertain

28A man ah  without self-control
is like ai  a city broken into and left without walls.

Proverbs 26

1Like snow in summer or aj  rain in harvest,
so ak  honor is al  not fitting for a fool.
2Like am  a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying,
an  a curse that is causeless does not alight.
3 ao  A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
and ap  a rod for the back of fools.
4 aq  Answer not a fool according to his folly,
lest you be like him yourself.
5 ar  Answer a fool according to his folly,
lest he be as  wise in his own eyes.
6Whoever sends a message by the hand of a fool
cuts off his own feet and at  drinks violence.
7Like a lame man’s legs, which hang useless,
is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
8Like one who binds the stone in the sling
is au  one who gives honor to a fool.
9Like av  a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard
is a proverb in the mouth of fools.
10Like an archer who wounds everyone
is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard.
Or  hires a fool or passersby

11Like ax  a dog that returns to his vomit
is ay  a fool who repeats his folly.
12Do you see a man who is az  wise in his own eyes?
ba  There is more hope for a fool than for him.
13 bb  The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!
There is a lion in the streets!”
14As a door turns on its hinges,
so does a sluggard on his bed.
15 bc  The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.
16The sluggard is bd  wiser in his own eyes
be  than seven men who can answer sensibly.
17Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own
is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.
18Like a madman who throws bf  firebrands, arrows, and death
19is the man who deceives his neighbor
and says, “I am only joking!”
20For lack of wood the fire goes out,
and where there is no bg  whisperer bh  quarreling ceases.
21As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire,
so is bi  a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
22 bj  The words of bk  a whisperer are like delicious morsels;
they go down into the inner parts of the body.
23 bl  Like the bm  glaze
By revocalization; Hebrew silver of dross
covering an earthen vessel
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
24Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips
and harbors deceit in his heart;
25 bo  when he speaks graciously, believe him not,
for there are bp  seven abominations in his heart;
26though his hatred be covered with deception,
his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
27 bq  Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,
and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling.
28A lying tongue hates its victims,
and a flattering mouth works ruin.

Proverbs 27

1Do not boast about tomorrow,
br  for you do not know what a day may bring.
2Let bs  another praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips.
3A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,
but bt  a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
4Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming,
but who can stand before bu  jealousy?
5 bv  Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
6Faithful are bw  the wounds of a friend;
profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
7One who is full loathes bx  honey,
but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.
8Like by  a bird that strays from its nest
is a man who strays from his home.
9 bz  Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.
Or  and so does the sweetness of a friend that comes from his earnest counsel

10Do not forsake your friend and cb  your father’s friend,
and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity.
cc  Better is a neighbor who is near
than a brother who is far away.
11 cd  Be wise ce  my son, and cf  make my heart glad,
that I may cg  answer him who reproaches me.
12 ch  The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but ci  the simple go on and suffer for it.
13 cj  Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.
Hebrew  a foreign woman; a slight emendation yields (compare Vulgate; see also 20:16) foreigners

14Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,
rising early in the morning,
will be counted as cursing.
15 cl  A continual dripping on a rainy day
and a quarrelsome wife are alike;
16to restrain her is to restrain the wind
or to grasp
Hebrew  to meet with
oil in one’s right hand.
17Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another.
Hebrew  sharpens the face of another

18 co  Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and he who cp  guards his master will be honored.
19As in water face reflects face,
so the heart of man reflects the man.
20 cq  Sheol and Abaddon are cr  never satisfied,
and cs  never satisfied are the eyes of man.
21 ct  The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
and a man is tested by his praise.
22 cu  Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle
along with crushed grain,
yet his folly will not depart from him.
23 cv  Know well the condition of your flocks,
and cw  give attention to your herds,
24for cx  riches do not last forever;
and does a crown endure to all generations?
25 cy  When the grass is gone and the new growth appears
and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered,
26 cz  the lambs will provide your clothing,
and the goats the price of a field.
27 da  There will be enough goatsmilk for your food,
for the food of your household
and maintenance for your girls.

Proverbs 28

1 db  The wicked flee when no one pursues,
but dc  the righteous are bold as a lion.
2When a land transgresses dd  it has many rulers,
but with a man of understanding and knowledge,
its stability will long continue.
3 de  A poor man who oppresses the poor
is a beating rain that leaves no food.
4Those who forsake the law df  praise the wicked,
but those who keep the law dg  strive against them.
5Evil men dh  do not understand justice,
but those who seek the  Lord di  understand it completely.
6 dj  Better is a poor man who dk  walks in his integrity
than a rich man who is dl  crooked in his ways.
7The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,
but dm  a companion of gluttons shames his father.
8Whoever multiplies his wealth dn  by interest and profit
That is,  profit that comes from charging interest to the poor

dp  gathers it for him who is dq  generous to the poor.
9If one turns away his ear from hearing the law,
even his dr  prayer is an abomination.
10Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way
ds  will fall into his own pit,
but the blameless dt  will have a goodly inheritance.
11A rich man is wise in his du  own eyes,
but a poor man who has understanding dv  will find him out.
12When dw  the righteous triumph, there is great glory,
but when dx  the wicked rise, people hide themselves.
13Whoever dy  conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who dz  confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
14Blessed is the one who ea  fears the  Lord always,
but whoever eb  hardens his heart will fall into calamity.
15Like ec  a roaring lion or ed  a charging bear
is ee  a wicked ruler over a poor people.
16A ruler who ef  lacks understanding is a cruel oppressor,
but he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days.
17If one is burdened with eg  the blood of another,
he will be a fugitive until death;
Hebrew  until the pit

let no one help him.
18 ei  Whoever ej  walks in integrity will be delivered,
but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.
19 ek  Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
20A faithful man will abound with blessings,
but whoever hastens to be rich el  will not go unpunished.
21To show em  partiality is not good,
but for en  a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
22A eo  stingy man
Hebrew  A man whose eye is evil
eq  hastens after wealth
and does not know that er  poverty will come upon him.
23Whoever es  rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
than et  he who flatters with his tongue.
24Whoever robs his father or his mother
and says, “That is no transgression,”
is eu  a companion to a man who destroys.
25A greedy man ev  stirs up strife,
but the one who trusts in the  Lord will ew  be enriched.
26Whoever ex  trusts in his own mind is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
27Whoever ey  gives to the poor will not want,
but he who ez  hides his eyes will get many a curse.
28When fa  the wicked rise fb  people hide themselves,
but when they perish, the righteous increase.

Proverbs 29

1 fc  He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be fd  broken fe  beyond healing.
2When ff  the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
but when fg  the wicked rule, the people groan.
3He who fh  loves wisdom makes his father glad,
but fi  a companion of prostitutes fj  squanders his wealth.
4By justice a king fk  builds up the land,
but he who exacts gifts
Or  who taxes heavily
tears it down.
5 fm  A man who flatters his neighbor
spreads fn  a net for his feet.
6An evil man is fo  ensnared in his transgression,
but a righteous man fp  sings and rejoices.
7A righteous man fq  knows the rights of the poor;
a wicked man does not fr  understand such knowledge.
8 fs  Scoffers set a city aflame,
but the wise turn away wrath.
9If a wise man has an argument with a fool,
the fool only rages and laughs, and there is ft  no quiet.
10Bloodthirsty men fu  hate one who is blameless
and seek the life of the upright.
Or but the upright seek his soul

11A fool gives full vent to his spirit,
but a wise man quietly holds it back.
12If a ruler listens to falsehood,
all his officials will be wicked.
13The poor man and the oppressor fw  meet together;
the  Lord fx  gives light to the eyes of both.
14If a king fy  faithfully judges the poor,
his throne will fz  be established forever.
15 ga  The rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child left to himself gb  brings shame to his mother.
16When the wicked increase, transgression increases,
but gc  the righteous will look upon their downfall.
17 gd  Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart.
18Where ge  there is no prophetic vision the people gf  cast off restraint
Or  the people are discouraged

but blessed is he who gh  keeps the law.
19By mere words a servant is not disciplined,
for though he understands, he will not respond.
20Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
gi  There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21Whoever pampers his servant from childhood
will in the end find him his heir.
The meaning of the Hebrew word rendered  his heir is uncertain

22 gk  A man of wrath stirs up strife,
and one given to anger causes much transgression.
23 gl  One’s pride will bring him low,
gm  but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
24The partner of a thief gn  hates his own life;
go  he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.
25 gp  The fear of man lays a snare,
but whoever trusts in the  Lord is safe.
26Many gq  seek the face of a ruler,
but it is from the  Lord that a man gr  gets justice.
27 gs  An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.
Copyright information for ESV