Proverbs 25

More Proverbs of Solomon

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

It is the glory of God to b conceal things,
but the glory of kings is to c search things out.
As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,
so the heart of kings is d unsearchable.
Take away e the dross from the silver,
and f the smith has material for a vessel;
take away g the wicked from the presence of the king,
and his h throne will be established in righteousness.
Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence
or stand in the place of the great,
for 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
j do not hastily bring into court,
Hebrew or else
what will you do in the end,
when your neighbor puts you to shame?
l Argue your case with your neighbor himself,
and do not reveal another’s secret,
10 lest 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.
12 Like n a gold ring or an ornament of gold
is a wise reprover to o a listening ear.
13 Like 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.
14 Like 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.
16 If you have t found honey, eat u only enough for you,
lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,
lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
18 A man who v bears false witness against his neighbor
is like a war club, or w a sword, or a sharp arrow.
19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble
is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
20 Whoever 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,
22 for you will heap z burning coals on his head,
and the  Lord will reward you.
23 The 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.
25 Like cold water to ab a thirsty soul,
so is ac good news from a far country.
26 Like ad a muddied spring or a polluted fountain
is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
27 It 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

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