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Proverbs 25 King James Version

Comparisons and Moral Lessons

25 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

2  It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. 3  The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

4  Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer. 5  Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

6  Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: 7  For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

8  Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. 9  Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret [1] to another: 10  Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.

11  A word fitly [2] spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. 12  As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

13  As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.

14  Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

15  By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

16  Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

17  Withdraw [3] thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

18  A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

19  Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

20  As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

21  If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 22  For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.

23  The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.

24  It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.

25  As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

26  A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

27  It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

28  He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Footnotes

[1] 25:9 a secret...: or, the secret of

[2] 25:11 fitly...: Heb. spoken upon his wheels

[3] 25:17 Withdraw...: or, Let thy foot be seldom in

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