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Proverbs 25:1-28

25  These too are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of King Hezekiahof 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 depthand man’s heart inscrutable. 4 * Dislodge dross from silverand have a piece of ware come out for the silversmith; 5  Dislodge a rascal before a kingand have his throne stand firm in right. 6  Do not put on airs before a kingnor 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 wholesalewhat your eyes have seen,Because what will you do in the sequelwhen 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 disgraceand you should never get your reputation back. 11 ** A word spoken to the pointis golden apples in silver artwork. 12  A wise admonisher to a listening earis a gold earring and a nugget-gold pendant. 13  Like the coolness of snow in midsummer heatis a trusty courier to those who send him,and he puts life back into his master. 14  A man who brags of a fictitious giftis 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 housefor fear he should have enough of you and come to hate you. 18  A man who testifies falsely against anotheris a mace and a sword and a barbed arrow. 19  One who is treacherous in a pinchis a bad tooth and a shaky foot. 20 ** Vinegar on sodaand 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 roofthan a home shared with a quarrelsome woman. 25 * Cold water on a palate exhausted with thirstand good news from a distant country. 26 * An honest man compromising with a rogueis 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 controlis a broken city that does not have a wall.

Footnotes

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