Proverbs 25 ©
In this and the four following chapters are contained various maxims and observations of Solomon, collected by the men of Hezekiah, about kings, and other subjects of both private and public concern.
THESE are also aproverbs of Solomon, which bthe men of cHezekiah king of Judah copied out.
It is dthe glory of God to conceal a thing: ebut the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
gTake away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the *finer.
2Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and istand not in the place of great men :
For jbetter 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.
Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and mthine infamy turn not away.
For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
8The anorth wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance ba backbiting tongue.
A frighteous man falling down before the wicked is as a gtroubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
He ithat hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.