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Analogies of Wisdom

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 (D)dross 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 promote your majesty in the presence of the king,
And in the place of great men do not stand;
For (H)it is better that it be said to you, “Come up here,”
Than for you to be placed lower in the presence of a noble,
Whom your eyes have seen.

Do not go out (I)hastily to plead your case;
Lest, what will you do in [a]the end,
When your neighbor humiliates you?
(J)Plead your case with your neighbor,
And (K)do not reveal the secret of another,
10 Lest he who hears it bring disgrace upon you,
And the bad report about you will not turn away.

11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a (L)word spoken in [b]right circumstances.
12 Like [c]an (M)earring of gold and an (N)ornament of (O)fine gold
Is a wise reprover to a (P)listening ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in the [d]time of harvest
Is a (Q)faithful envoy to those who send him,
For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14 Like (R)clouds and (S)wind without rain
Is a man who boasts [e]of his gifts falsely.
15 (T)When one is slow to anger, a ruler may be persuaded,
And a soft tongue breaks the bone.
16 Have you (U)found honey? Eat only enough for you,
Lest you have more than your fill and vomit it.
17 Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house,
Lest he have more than his fill of you and hate you.
18 Like a club and a (V)sword and a sharp (W)arrow
Is a man who bears [f](X)false witness against his neighbor.
19 Like [g]an aching tooth and a slipping foot
Is trust in a (Y)treacherous man in a day of distress.
20 Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on [h]soda,
Is he who sings songs to [i]an aching heart.
21 (Z)If [j]your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
22 For you will [k]heap burning coals on his head,
And (AA)Yahweh will repay you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain,
And a (AB)tongue of secrets, an indignant face.
24 It is (AC)better to live in a corner of the roof
Than [l]in a house shared with a contentious woman.
25 Like cold water to a weary soul,
So is a (AD)good report from a distant land.
26 Like a (AE)muddied spring and a corrupted well
Is a righteous man shaking before the wicked.
27 To eat too much honey is not good,
Nor is it glory to (AF)search out [m]one’s own glory.
28 Like a (AG)city that is broken into and without a wall
Is a man (AH)without restraint over his spirit.


  1. Proverbs 25:8 Lit its
  2. Proverbs 25:11 Lit its
  3. Proverbs 25:12 Or a nose ring
  4. Proverbs 25:13 Lit day
  5. Proverbs 25:14 Lit in a gift of falsehood
  6. Proverbs 25:18 Or lying witness, cf. Ex 20:16
  7. Proverbs 25:19 Lit a bad
  8. Proverbs 25:20 Or natron
  9. Proverbs 25:20 Lit an evil
  10. Proverbs 25:21 Lit one who hates you
  11. Proverbs 25:22 Lit snatch up
  12. Proverbs 25:24 Lit with a woman of contentions and a house of association
  13. Proverbs 25:27 Lit their