Similitudes, 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 (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 claim honor in the presence of the king,
And do not stand in the place of great men;
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 the prince,
Whom your eyes have seen.

Do not go out (I)hastily to [a]argue your case;
[b]Otherwise, what will you do in [c]the end,
When your neighbor humiliates you?
[d](J)Argue your case with your neighbor,
And (K)do not reveal the secret of another,
10 Or he who hears it will reproach you,
And the evil report about you will not [e]pass away.

11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a (L)word spoken in [f]right circumstances.
12 Like [g]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 [h]time of harvest
Is a (Q)faithful messenger 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 [i]of his gifts falsely.
15 By [j](T)forbearance a ruler may be persuaded,
And a soft tongue breaks the bone.
16 Have you (U)found honey? Eat only [k]what you need,
That you not have it in excess and vomit it.
17 Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house,
Or he will become [l]weary of you and hate you.
18 Like a club and a (V)sword and a sharp (W)arrow
Is a man who bears (X)false witness against his neighbor.
19 Like a bad tooth and [m]an unsteady foot
Is confidence in a (Y)faithless man in time of trouble.
20 Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on [n]soda,
Is he who sings songs to [o]a troubled heart.
21 (Z)If [p]your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
22 For you will [q]heap burning coals on his head,
And (AA)the Lord will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain,
And a [r](AB)backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.
24 It is (AC)better to live in a corner of the roof
Than [s]in a house shared with a contentious woman.
25 Like cold water to a weary soul,
So is (AD)good news from a distant land.
26 Like a (AE)trampled spring and a [t]polluted well
Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat much honey,
Nor is it glory to (AF)search out [u]one’s own glory.
28 Like a (AG)city that is broken into and without walls
Is a man (AH)who has no control over his spirit.


  1. Proverbs 25:8 Lit contend
  2. Proverbs 25:8 Lit Lest
  3. Proverbs 25:8 Lit its
  4. Proverbs 25:9 Lit Contend
  5. Proverbs 25:10 Lit return
  6. Proverbs 25:11 Lit its
  7. Proverbs 25:12 Or a nose ring
  8. Proverbs 25:13 Lit day
  9. Proverbs 25:14 Lit in a gift of falsehood
  10. Proverbs 25:15 Lit length of anger
  11. Proverbs 25:16 Lit your sufficiency
  12. Proverbs 25:17 Lit surfeited with
  13. Proverbs 25:19 Lit a slipping foot
  14. Proverbs 25:20 I.e. natron
  15. Proverbs 25:20 Lit an evil
  16. Proverbs 25:21 Lit one who hates you
  17. Proverbs 25:22 Lit snatch up
  18. Proverbs 25:23 Lit tongue of secrecy
  19. Proverbs 25:24 Lit with a woman of contentions and a house of association
  20. Proverbs 25:26 Lit ruined
  21. Proverbs 25:27 Lit their

More Proverbs of Solomon

25 These are more proverbs(A) of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:(B)

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
    to search out a matter is the glory of kings.(C)
As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
    so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

Remove the dross from the silver,
    and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,(D)
    and his throne will be established(E) through righteousness.(F)

Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
    and do not claim a place among his great men;
it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”(G)
    than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.

What you have seen with your eyes
    do not bring[a] hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end
    if your neighbor puts you to shame?(H)

If you take your neighbor to court,
    do not betray another’s confidence,
10 or the one who hears it may shame you
    and the charge against you will stand.

11 Like apples[b] of gold in settings of silver(I)
    is a ruling rightly given.
12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold
    is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.(J)

13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
    is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
    he refreshes the spirit of his master.(K)
14 Like clouds and wind without rain
    is one who boasts of gifts never given.

15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,(L)
    and a gentle tongue can break a bone.(M)

16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
    too much of it, and you will vomit.(N)
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—
    too much of you, and they will hate you.

18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow
    is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.(O)
19 Like a broken tooth or a lame foot
    is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.
20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day,
    or like vinegar poured on a wound,
    is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
    if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals(P) on his head,
    and the Lord will reward you.(Q)

23 Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain
    is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.

24 Better to live on a corner of the roof
    than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.(R)

25 Like cold water to a weary soul
    is good news from a distant land.(S)
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
    are the righteous who give way to the wicked.

27 It is not good to eat too much honey,(T)
    nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.(U)

28 Like a city whose walls are broken through
    is a person who lacks self-control.


  1. Proverbs 25:8 Or nobles / on whom you had set your eyes. / Do not go
  2. Proverbs 25:11 Or possibly apricots