Similitudes and Instructions

25 These also are (A)proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.

It is the glory of God to (B)conceal a matter,
But the glory of (C)kings is to search out a matter.
As the heavens for height and the earth for depth,
So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
Take away the [a](D)impurities from the silver,
And there comes out a vessel for the (E)smith;
Take away the (F)wicked before the king,
And his (G)throne will be established in righteousness.
Do not boast in the presence of the king,
And do not stand in the same place [b]as great people;

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  1. Proverbs 25:4 Lit dross
  2. Proverbs 25:6 Lit of

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