Proverbs - Chapter 25

1

These are more proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:


2

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.


3

As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.


4

Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith;


5

remove the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.


6

Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among great men;


7

it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here," than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman. What you have seen with your eyes


8

do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?


9

If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man's confidence,


10

or he who hears it may shame you and you will never lose your bad reputation.


11

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.


12

Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.


13

Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.


14

Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.


15

Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.


16

If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.


17

Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house-- too much of you, and he will hate you.


18

Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.


19

Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.


20

Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.


21

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.


22

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.


23

As a north wind brings rain, so a sly tongue brings angry looks.


24

Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.


25

Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.


26

Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.


27

It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor.


28

Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.