Bible: Prov 25

Proverbs of Solomon Collected by Hezekiah

25:1 These also are proverbs of Solomon,

which the men of King Hezekiah of Judah copied: 1 

25:2 It is the glory of God 2  to conceal 3  a matter,

and it is the glory of a king to search out a matter.

25:3 As the heaven is high 4  and the earth is deep

so the hearts of kings are unsearchable. 5 

25:4 Remove the dross from the silver,

and material 6  for the silversmith will emerge;

25:5 remove the wicked from before the king, 7 

and his throne 8  will be established in righteousness. 9 

25:6 Do not honor yourself before the king,

and do not stand in the place of great men;

25:7 for it is better for him 10  to say to you, “Come up here,” 11 

than to put you lower 12  before a prince,

whom your eyes have seen. 13 

25:8 Do not go out hastily to litigation, 14 

or 15  what will you do afterward

when your neighbor puts you to shame?

25:9 When you argue a case 16  with your neighbor,

do not reveal the secret of another person, 17 

25:10 lest the one who hears it put you to shame

and your infamy 18  will never go away.

25:11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver, 19 

so is a word skillfully spoken. 20 

25:12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, 21 

so is a wise reprover to the ear of the one who listens. 22 

25:13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest, 23 

so is a faithful messenger to those who send him,

for he refreshes the heart 24  of his masters.

25:14 Like cloudy skies and wind that produce no rain, 25 

so is the one who boasts 26  of a gift not given. 27 

25:15 Through patience 28  a ruler can be persuaded, 29 

and a soft tongue 30  can break a bone. 31 

25:16 When you find 32  honey, eat only what is sufficient for you,

lest you become stuffed 33  with it and vomit it up. 34 

25:17 Don’t set foot too frequently 35  in your neighbor’s house,

lest he become weary 36  of you and hate you.

25:18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow, 37 

so is the one who testifies against 38  his neighbor as a false witness. 39 

25:19 Like a bad tooth or a foot out of joint, 40 

so is confidence 41  in an unfaithful person at the time of trouble. 42 

25:20 Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, 43 

or like vinegar poured on soda, 44 

so is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. 45 

25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat,

and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,

25:22 for you will heap coals of fire on his head, 46 

and the Lord will reward you. 47 

25:23 The north wind 48  brings forth rain,

and a gossiping tongue 49  brings forth 50  an angry look. 51 

25:24 It is better to live on a corner of the housetop

than in a house in company with a quarrelsome wife. 52 

25:25 Like cold water to a weary person, 53 

so is good news from a distant land. 54 

25:26 Like a muddied 55  spring and a polluted 56  well,

so is a righteous person who gives way 57  before the wicked.

25:27 It is not good 58  to eat too much honey,

nor is it honorable for people to seek their own glory. 59 

25:28 Like a city that is broken down and without a wall,

so is a person who cannot control his temper. 60 

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