Proverbs 25

Similitudes, Instructions

These also are a proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed. It is the glory of God to b conceal a matter,
But the glory of c kings is to search out a matter.
As the heavens for height and the earth for depth,
So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
Take away the d dross from the silver,
And there comes out a vessel for the e smith;
Take away the f wicked before the king,
And his g throne will be established in righteousness.
Do not claim honor in the presence of the king,
And do not stand in the place of great men;
For h it is better that it be said to you, “Come up here,”
Than for you to be placed lower in the presence of the prince,
Whom your eyes have seen.

Do not go out i hastily to
Lit contend
argue your case;
Lit Lest
Otherwise, what will you do in
Lit its
the end,
When your neighbor humiliates you?
Lit Contend
,
n Argue your case with your neighbor,
And o do not reveal the secret of another,
10 Or he who hears it will reproach you,
And the evil report about you will not
Lit return
pass away.

11  Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a q word spoken in
Lit its
right circumstances.
12  Like
Or a nose ring
an t earring of gold and an u ornament of v fine gold
Is a wise reprover to a w listening ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in the
Lit day
time of harvest
Is a y faithful messenger to those who send him,
For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14  Like z clouds and aa wind without rain
Is a man who boasts
Lit in a gift of falsehood
of his gifts falsely.
15 By
Lit length of anger
,
ad forbearance a ruler may be persuaded,
And a soft tongue breaks the bone.
16 Have you ae found honey? Eat only
Lit your sufficiency
what you need,
That you not have it in excess and vomit it.
17 Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house,
Or he will become
Lit surfeited with
weary of you and hate you.
18  Like a club and a ah sword and a sharp ai arrow
Is a man who bears aj false witness against his neighbor.
19  Like a bad tooth and
Lit a slipping foot
an unsteady foot
Is confidence in a al faithless man in time of trouble.
20  Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on
I.e. natron
soda,
Is he who sings songs to
Lit an evil
a troubled heart.
21  ao If
Lit one who hates you
your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
22 For you will
Lit snatch up
heap burning coals on his head,
And ar the  Lord will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain,
And a
Lit tongue of secrecy
,
at backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.
24 It is au better to live in a corner of the roof
Than
Lit with a woman of contentions and a house of association
in a house shared with a contentious woman.
25  Like cold water to a weary soul,
So is aw good news from a distant land.
26  Like a ax trampled spring and a
Lit ruined
polluted well
Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat much honey,
Nor is it glory to az search out
Lit their
one’s own glory.
28  Like a bb city that is broken into and without walls
Is a man bc who has no control over his spirit.

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