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Proverbs 25:1-28

25  These also are the proverbs of Sol′o·mon+ that the men of Hez·e·ki′ah the king of Judah+ transcribed:  The glory of God is the keeping of a matter secret,+ and the glory of kings is the searching through a matter.+  The heavens for height+ and the earth for depth,+ and the heart of kings, that is unsearchable.+  Let there be a removing* of scummy dross from the silver, and all of it will come forth refined.*+  Let there be the removing of the wicked one before the king,+ and his throne will be firmly established by righteousness itself.+  Do not do yourself honor before the king,+ and in the place of great ones do not stand.+  For it is better [for him] to say to you: “Come up here,”+ than to abase you before a noble whom your eyes have seen.+  Do not go forth to conduct a legal case hastily, that it may not be a question of what you will do in the culmination of it when your fellowman now humiliates you.+  Plead your own cause with your fellowman,+ and do not reveal the confidential talk of another;+ 10  that the one listening may not put you to shame and the bad report by you can have no recall. 11  As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it.+ 12  An earring of gold, and an ornament of special gold,* is a wise reprover upon the hearing ear.+ 13  Just like the coolness of snow+ in the day of harvest is the faithful envoy to those sending* him, for he restores the very soul* of his masters.*+ 14  As vaporous clouds and a wind without any downpour is a man* boasting himself about a gift in falsehood.+ 15  By patience* a commander is induced, and a mild tongue itself can break a bone.+ 16  Is it honey that you have found?+ Eat what is sufficient for you, that you may not take too much of it and have to vomit it up.+ 17  Make your foot rare at the house of your fellowman, that he may not have his sufficiency of you and certainly hate you. 18  As a war club and a sword and a sharpened arrow is a man testifying against his fellowman as a false witness.+ 19  As a broken tooth and a wobbling foot is the confidence in one proving treacherous in the day of distress.+ 20  He that is removing a garment on a cold day is as vinegar upon alkali and as a singer with songs upon a gloomy heart.+ 21  If the one hating you is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.+ 22  For coals are what you are raking together upon his head,+ and Jehovah himself will reward you.+ 23  The wind from the north brings forth as with labor pains a downpour;+ and a tongue [giving away] a secret, a denounced face.+ 24  Better is it to dwell upon a corner of a roof than with a contentious wife, although in a house in common.+ 25  As cold water upon a tired soul,+ so is a good report from a distant land.+ 26  A fouled spring and a ruined well is the righteous one when staggering before the wicked one.+ 27  The eating of too much honey is not good;+ and for people to search out their own glory, is it glory?+ 28  As a city broken through, without a wall, is the man that has no restraint for his spirit.+


“Let there be a removing.” In Heb. this is a verb in the infinitive absolute, indefinite as to time and impersonal.
“All of it will come forth refined,” by slight changes in M and in agreement with LXX; M, “a vessel will come forth for the refiner.”
“Special gold.” Heb., kha′them, an Egyptian loanword.
Or, “the one sending,” pl. in M, to denote excellence.
Or, “for . . . the very life.” Heb., wene′phesh.
Or, “his master.” Heb., ʼadho·nav′, pl., possibly to denote excellence.
“A man.” Heb., ʼish.
Lit., “In length (slowness) of nostrils (anger).”