English Revised Version

Proverbs 25

Observations about kings,

Proverbs 25:1 These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out. Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the glory of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable. Proverbs 25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there cometh forth a vessel for the finer: Proverbs 25:5 Take away the wicked [from] before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness. Proverbs 25:6 Put not thyself forward in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: Proverbs 25:7 For better is it 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.

and about avoiding of quarrels, and sundry causes thereof.

Proverbs 25:8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest [thou know not] what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame. Proverbs 25:9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour [himself], and disclose not the secret of another: Proverbs 25:10 Lest he that heareth it revile thee, and thine infamy turn not away. Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is [like] apples of gold in baskets of silver. Proverbs 25:12 [As] an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, [so is] a wise reprover upon an obedient ear. Proverbs 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, [so is] a faithful messenger to them that send him; for he refresheth the soul of his masters. Proverbs 25:14 [As] clouds and wind without rain, [so is] he that boasteth himself of his gifts falsely. Proverbs 25:15 By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone. Proverbs 25:16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee; lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it. Proverbs 25:17 Let thy foot be seldom in thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and hate thee. Proverbs 25:18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow. Proverbs 25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is [like] a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. Proverbs 25:20 [As] one that taketh off a garment in cold weather, [and as] vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart. Proverbs 25:21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: Proverbs 25:22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee. Proverbs 25:23 The north wind bringeth forth rain: so doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance. Proverbs 25:24 It is better to dwell in the comer of the housetop, than with a contentious woman in a wide house. Proverbs 25:25 [As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. Proverbs 25:26 [As] a troubled fountain, and a corrupted spring, [so is] a righteous man that giveth way before the wicked. Proverbs 25:27 It is not good to eat much honey: so [for men] to search out their own glory is [not] glory. Proverbs 25:28 He whose spirit is without restraint is [like] a city that is broken down and hath no wall.

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