Proverbs 25

More Proverbs of Solomon

1 These a also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:

2 b It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
3 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth,
So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 c Take away the dross from silver,
And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king,
And his throne will be established in d righteousness.
6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king,
And do not stand in the place of the great;

7 e For it is better that he say to you,
"Come up here,"
Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince,
Whom your eyes have seen.
8 f Do not go hastily to 1 court;
For what will you do in the end,
When your neighbor has put you to shame?
9 g Debate your case with your neighbor,
And do not disclose the secret to another;
10 Lest he who hears it expose your shame,
And 2 your reputation be ruined.

11 A word fitly h spoken is like apples of gold
In settings of silver.
12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold
Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.
13 i Like the cold of snow in time of harvest
Is a faithful messenger to those who send him,
For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14 j Whoever falsely boasts of giving
Is like clouds and wind without rain.

15 l By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded,
And a gentle tongue breaks a bone.
16 Have you found honey?
Eat only as much as you need,
Lest you be filled with it and vomit.
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house,
Lest he become weary of you and hate you.
18 m A man who bears false witness against his neighbor
Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow.
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble
Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.
20 Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather,
And like vinegar on soda,
Is one who n sings songs to a heavy heart.
21 o If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head,
p And the LORD will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain,
And q a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.
24 r It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop,
Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
25 As cold water to a weary soul,
So is s good news from a far country.
26 A righteous man who falters before the wicked
Is like a murky spring and a 3 polluted well.
27 It is not good to eat much honey;
So t to seek one's own glory is not glory.
28 u Whoever has no rule over his own spirit
Is like a city broken down, without walls.

  1. Cross References
    1 Kings 4:32
    He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five.
  2. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 29:29
    The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
    Romans 11:33
    Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
  3. Cross References
    2 Timothy 2:21
    Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
  4. Cross References
    Proverbs 16:12
    It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established by righteousness.
    Proverbs 20:8
    A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters all evil with his eyes.
  5. Cross References
    Luke 14:7 - 11
    So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them:
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 17:14
    The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.
    Matthew 5:25
    Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
  7. Cross References
    Matthew 18:15
    Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
  8. Cross References
    Proverbs 15:23
    A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
    Isaiah 50:4
    The Lord GOD has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.
  9. Cross References
    Proverbs 13:17
    A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health.
  10. Cross References
    Proverbs 20:6
    Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?
  11. Cross References
    Proverbs 15:1
    A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 57:4
    My soul is among lions; I lie among the sons of men Who are set on fire, Whose teeth are spears and arrows, And their tongue a sharp sword.
    Proverbs 12:18
    There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
  13. Cross References
    Daniel 6:18
    Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him.
  14. Cross References
    Exodus 23:4
    If you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey going...
    Exodus 23:5
    If you see the donkey of one who hates you lyin...
    2 Kings 6:22
    But he answered, "You shall not kill them. Woul...
    2 Chronicles 28:15
    Then the men who were designated by name rose u...
    Matthew 5:44
    But I say to you, love your enemies, bless thos...
    Romans 12:20
    Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; I...
  15. Cross References
    2 Samuel 16:12
    "It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing this day."
    Matthew 6:4
    That your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
    Matthew 6:6
    But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 101:5
    Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy; The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure.
  17. Cross References
    Proverbs 19:13
    A foolish son is the ruin of his father, And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.
  18. Cross References
    Proverbs 15:30
    The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, And a good report makes the bones healthy.
  19. Cross References
    Proverbs 27:2
    Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.
    Luke 14:11
    "For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
  20. Cross References
    Proverbs 16:32
    He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
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