Proverbs 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 God2 to conceal3 a matter,

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

25:3 As the heaven is high4 and the earth is deep

so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.5

25:4 Remove the dross from the silver,

and material6 for the silversmith will emerge;

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

and his throne8 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 him10 to say to you, “Come up here,”11

than to put you lower12 before a prince,

whom your eyes have seen.13

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

or15 what will you do afterward

when your neighbor puts you to shame?

25:9 When you argue a case16 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 infamy18 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 heart24 of his masters.

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

so is the one who boasts26 of a gift not given.27

25:15 Through patience28 a ruler can be persuaded,29

and a soft tongue30 can break a bone.31

25:16 When you find32 honey, eat only what is sufficient for you,

lest you become stuffed33 with it and vomit it up.34

25:17 Don’t set foot too frequently35 in your neighbor’s house,

lest he become weary36 of you and hate you.

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

so is the one who testifies against38 his neighbor as a false witness.39

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

so is confidence41 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 wind48 brings forth rain,

and a gossiping tongue49 brings forth50 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 muddied55 spring and a polluted56 well,

so is a righteous person who gives way57 before the wicked.

25:27 It is not good58 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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