Bishops' Bible

Proverbs 25

Observations about kings,

Proverbs 25:1 These are also parables of Solomon, which the men of Ezekia king of Iuda copied out. Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to kepe a thing secrete: but the kynges honour is to searche out a thing. Proverbs 25:3 The heauen is hye, the earth is deepe: and the kinges heart is vnsearcheable. Proverbs 25:4 Take the drosse from the siluer, and there shalbe a vessell for the siner. Proverbs 25:5 Take away the vngodly from the kyng: and his seate shalbe stablished with righteousnesse. Proverbs 25:6 Put not foorth thy selfe in the presence of the king, and preasse not into the place of great men: Proverbs 25:7 For better is it, that it be sayde vnto thee, come vp hyther: then thou to be put lower in the presence of the priuce whom thou seest with thyne eyes.

and about avoiding of quarrels, and sundry causes thereof.

Proverbs 25:8 Be not hastie to go to lawe: lest haplye thou knowest not what to do when thy neighbour hath confounded thee. Proverbs 25:9 Handle thy matter with thy neighbour himselfe, and discouer not thy secrete to another: Proverbs 25:10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thy infamie do not ceasse. Proverbs 25:11 A worde spoken in due season, is lyke apples of golde in a graued worke of siluer. Proverbs 25:12 Who so reproueth a wyse man that hath an obedient eare, is as a golden earring, and an ornament of fine golde. Proverbs 25:13 As the colde of snowe in the tyme of haruest: so is a faythfull messenger to them that sende hym, for he refresheth his maisters mynde. Proverbs 25:14 Whoso maketh great boastes and geueth nothing, is lyke cloudes and winde without rayne. Proverbs 25:15 With pacience is a prince pacified, and with a softe tongue is rigorousnesse broken. Proverbs 25:16 If thou findest honie, eate so muche as is sufficient for thee: lest thou be ouer full, and parbreake it out agayne. Proverbs 25:17 Withdrawe thy foote from thy neighbours house: lest he be werie of thee, and so hate thee. Proverbs 25:18 Whoso beareth false witnesse against his neighbour, he is a very club, a sworde, and a sharpe arrowe. Proverbs 25:19 The confidence that is put in an vnfaythfull man in tyme of trouble, is like a broken tooth, and a sliding foote. Proverbs 25:20 Who so taketh away a mans garment in the colde weather, is like vineger vpon lime, or lyke hym that singeth songues to an heauie heart. Proverbs 25:21 If thyne enemie hunger, feede hym, if he thirst, geue him drinke: Proverbs 25:22 For so shalt thou heape coles of fire vpon his head, and the Lorde shall rewarde thee. Proverbs 25:23 The northwinde dryueth away the rayne: euen so doth an angry countenaunce a backbiters tongue. Proverbs 25:24 It is better to sit in a corner vpon the house toppe, then with a brawling woman in a wide house. Proverbs 25:25 Good newes from a straunge countrey, are as colde water to a thirstie soule. Proverbs 25:26 A righteous man fallyng downe before the vngodly, is like a troubled wel, and a spring that is corrupted. Proverbs 25:27 As it is not good to eate to muche honye, so curiously to searche the glory of heauenly thinges, is not commendable. Proverbs 25:28 He that can not rule him selfe, is like a citie whiche is broken downe and hath no walles.

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