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Proverbs 25:1-28

25  These too are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of King Hezekiah of Judah compiled: 2  It is God’s glory to keep a matter veiled; it is kings’ glory to investigate a matter. 3  Sky for height and earth for depth and man’s heart inscrutable. 4*  Dislodge dross from silver and have a piece of ware come out for the silversmith; 5  Dislodge a rascal before a king and have his throne stand firm in right. 6  Do not put on airs before a king nor stand in the place for great men, 7*  Because it is better to have him say to you “Come up here” than to have him put you down before a nobleman. 8*  Do not hurry to pass out by wholesale what your eyes have seen, Because what will you do in the sequel when somebody humiliates you? 9  Fight your case against your opponent, but do not betray another man’s secret, 10*  For fear one who hears should brand you with disgrace and you should never get your reputation back. 11**  A word spoken to the point is golden apples in silver artwork. 12  A wise admonisher to a listening ear is a gold earring and a nugget-gold pendant. 13  Like the coolness of snow in midsummer heat is a trusty courier to those who send him, and he puts life back into his master. 14  A man who brags of a fictitious gift is scud and wind and no shower. 15  By patience a chieftain is cajoled; and a soft tongue breaks bones. 16  If you find honey, eat what is enough for you, for fear you should be glutted and throw it up. 17  Make your foot a rarity in your neighbor’s house for fear he should have enough of you and come to hate you. 18  A man who testifies falsely against another is a mace and a sword and a barbed arrow. 19  One who is treacherous in a pinch is a bad tooth and a shaky foot. 20**  Vinegar on soda and a singer of songs to a heavy heart. Like a moth in a cloak and like rot of wood, so grief eats away a man’s mind. 21*  If your enemy is hungry feed him, and if he is thirsty give him a drink, 22  Because you will be shoveling live coals on his head, and Jehovah will repay you. 23**  A north wind scares away a shower, and hostile faces an underhand tongue. 24  Better living on the corner of a roof than a home shared with a quarrelsome woman. 25*  Cold water on a palate exhausted with thirst and good news from a distant country. 26*  An honest man compromising with a rogue is a water-hole trampled up and a spring spoiled. 27*  Eating honey in quantity is not a good thing, and making grandeur a rarity is better than grandeur. 28  A man whose spirit does not have a control is a broken city that does not have a wall.


25:4 Or turn out well for
25:7-8 Var.* a nobleman whom your eyes have seen. Do not hurry to go into a lawsuit, because what will you do in the sequel when the other man
25:8 Lit. Lest what
25:10 Lit. your disrepute should not turn back
25:11 Unc.
25:11 Conj. on silver twigs
25:20 Var. Vinegar on a sore
25:20 (second proverb) Var. omits this
25:21 Var. give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty give him water to drink
25:23 The words might naturally seem to mean brings forth rain; but the fact is that the north wind in Palestine always brings clear weather; and the order of the Hebrew words, comparing the two halves of the proverb, seems to make face the subject and tongue the object in the second half
25:23 Or a hostile face
25:25 Conj. Good news from a distant country is cold water on a palate exhausted with thirst
25:26 Lit. wavering before a rogue
25:27 Codd. and investigating (var. making a rarity of) their grandeur is grandeur