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The Glory of Searching a Matter

25 These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter
and the glory of kings to search it out.
As high as heaven and deep as earth,
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
Remove impurities from silver
and out comes material for the refiner.
Remove the wicked from before the king,
and his throne will be established in righteousness.

Do not honor yourself in the king’s presence,
and do not stand in the place of great men.
Better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”
than for you to be humiliated before a nobleman.
What your eyes have seen,
do not bring hastily to court,
or what will you do afterward,
when your neighbor puts you to shame?
Argue your case with your associate,
without betraying another’s confidence,
10 or the one who hears it will shame you,
and you will never lose your bad reputation.

A Fitting Reproof is Precious

11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver
is a word aptly spoken.
12 Like a gold earring or a gold ornament
is a wise reproof to a receptive ear.
13 Like the coolness of snow at harvest time
is a faithful messenger to those who send him
for he refreshes his master’s soul.
14 Like clouds and wind without rain
is one who boasts about a gift not given.

15 Through patience a ruler may be persuaded,
and a soft tongue can break a bone.

Proverbs for Daily Life

16 When you find honey, eat just enough,
lest you are stuffed and vomit it.
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house,
lest he become weary of you and loathe you.
18 Like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow
is one who bears false witness against his neighbor.
19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot
is confidence in the unfaithful in time of trouble.
20 Like taking off a garment on a cold day
    or like vinegar poured on soda,
is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
22 for you will heap coals of fire on his head[a]
and Adonai will reward you.

23 A north wind brings rain,
and a backbiting tongue angry faces.
24 Better to dwell in a corner of a roof
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

25 Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
is a righteous person who yields before the wicked.

27 It is not good to eat too much honey,
or honorable to seek one’s own honor.
28 Like a city whose walls are broken down
is one with no control over his temper.


  1. Proverbs 25:22 cf. Rom. 12:20.