Proverbs 25 ©
God’s glory and counsel, v. 2. Likewise the honor of kings, their deep apprehension, their office, and association with them, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Pleading, 8, 9, 10. To speak and reprove in due season, 11, 12. False boasting of liberality, 14. Long forbearing, soft tongue, 15. Eating honey, or right moderation in corporals and spirituals, 16, 27. Friendship with friends, 17. False witness, 18. Unfaithful persons, 19. Sorrowful men, 20. Kindness unto haters and enemies, 21, 22. Hypocritical tongue, 23. Brawling woman, 24. Good tidings, 25. Weakness of the godly before the wicked, 26. Hasty wrath, 28.
THESE are also proverbs of Solomon, which 1the men of Hezekiah king of Judah 2copied out.
3It is the glory of God to conceal aa4thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a 5matter.
The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is 6unsearchable.
7Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.b
Takec away the wicked from before the king, and hisd throne shall be established in righteousness.
8Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and 9stand not in the place of great men:
For better it is that it be said unto thee, 10Comee up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the 11prince 12whom thine eyes have seen.
Gof not forth 13hastily to strive, lest thou know not 14what to do in the end 15thereof, when 16thy neighbour hath put thee 17to shame.
18Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and 19discoverg not a secret to another:
Lest he that heareth it put thee to 20shame, and thine infamy 21turn not away.
A word 22fitly spoken is like apples of gold 23in picturesh of silver.
As an 24earring of gold, and an 25ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an 26obedient ear.
As the cold of snow 27in the time of harvest, so is ai faithful messenger 28to them that send him: for he 29refresheth the soul of his masters.
Whoso boasteth himself of a 30false gift is 31like clouds and wind without 32rain.
By long forbearing is aj prince 33persuaded, and a 34soft tongue breaketh 35the bone.
Hast thou found 36honey? eat 37so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be 38filled therewith, and vomit it.
39Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
A man that 40beareth false witness against his neighbour is ak maul,l and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
41Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is 42like a broken tooth, and a foot 43out of joint.
As he that 44taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as 45vinegar upon nitre,m so is hen that singeth songs to an 46heavy heart.
Ifo thine enemyp be hungry, give him 47bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
For thou shalt 48heap 49coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward 50thee.
The north wind 51driveth away rain: so doth an 52angry countenance a 53backbiting tongue.
54Itq is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a 55brawling woman and in a wide house.
As cold waters to a thirsty 56soul, so is good news from a far country.
A righteous man 57falling down before the wicked is as a troubled 58fountain, and a corrupt spring.
59It is 60not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
Her61that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.