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Proverbs 25 The Passion Translation (TPT)

25 Solomon’s proverbs, published by the scribes of King Hezekiah:

God conceals the revelation of his word[a]
in the hiding place of his glory.[b]
But the honor of kings[c] is revealed
by how they thoroughly search out
the deeper meaning of all that God says.
The heart of a king is full of understanding,
like the heavens are high and the ocean is deep.
If you burn away the impurities from silver,
a sterling vessel will emerge from the fire.
And if you purge corruption from the kingdom,
a king’s reign will be established in righteousness.
Don’t boast in the presence of a king
or promote yourself by taking a seat at the head table
and pretend that you’re someone important.
For it is better for the king to say to you,
“Come, you should sit at the head table,”
than for him to say in front of everyone,
“Please get up and move—
you’re sitting in the place of the prince.”
Don’t be hasty to file a lawsuit.
By starting something you wish you hadn’t,
you could be humiliated when you lose your case.
Don’t reveal another person’s secret
just to prove a point in an argument,
or you could be accused of being a gossip
10 and gain a reputation for being one
who betrays the confidence of a friend.
11 Winsome words spoken at just the right time[d]
are as appealing as apples gilded in gold
and surrounded with silver.[e]
12 To humbly receive wise correction
adorns your life with beauty[f]
and makes you a better person.
13 A reliable, trustworthy messenger
refreshes the heart of his master,[g]
like a gentle breeze blowing at harvest time—
cooling the sweat from his brow.
14 Clouds that carry no water
and a wind that brings no refreshing rain—[h]
that’s what you’re like when you boast
of a gift that you don’t have.[i]

Wisdom Practices Self-Control

15 Use patience and kindness when you want to persuade leaders
and watch them change their minds right in front of you.
For your gentle wisdom will quell the strongest resistance.[j]
16 When you discover something sweet,
don’t overindulge and eat more than you need,
for excess in anything can make you sick of even a good thing.
17 Don’t wear out your welcome
by staying too long at the home of your friends,
or they may get fed up with always having you there
and wish you hadn’t come.
18 Lying about and slandering people
are as bad as hitting them with a club,
or wounding them with an arrow,
or stabbing them with a sword.
19 You can’t depend on an unreliable person
when you really need help.
It can be compared to biting down on an abscessed tooth
or walking with a sprained ankle.
20 When you sing a song of joy to someone suffering
in the deepest grief and heartache,
it can be compared to disrobing in the middle of a blizzard
or rubbing salt in a wound.
21 Is your enemy hungry? Buy him lunch.
Win him over with your kindness.[k]
22 Your surprising generosity will awaken his conscience[l]
and God will reward you with favor.
23 As the north wind brings a storm,
saying things you shouldn’t[m] brings a storm to any relationship.
24 It’s better to live all alone in a rundown shack
than to share a castle with a crabby spouse![n]
25 Like a drink of cool water to a weary, thirsty soul,
so hearing good news revives the spirit.
26 When a lover of God gives in and compromises with wickedness,
it can be compared to contaminating a stream with sewage
or polluting a fountain.
27 It’s good to eat sweet things,
but you can take too much.
It’s good to be honored,
but to seek words of praise[o] is not honor at all.
28 If you live without restraint
and are unable to control your temper,
you’re as helpless as a city with broken-down defenses,
open to attack.


  1. Proverbs 25:2 Many translate this “a matter,” whereas the Hebrew is dabar, which is translated more than eight hundred times in the Old Testament as “word.”
  2. Proverbs 25:2 There is beautiful poetry in the Hebrew text. The word for “hide” is cathar and the word for “word” is dabar. The Hebrew is actually “Kabod (glory) cathar (hidden) dabar (word).”
  3. Proverbs 25:2 We have been made kings and priests, royal lovers of God, because of God’s grace and Christ’s redeeming blood. See 1 Peter 2:9 and Rev. 5:8-10.
  4. Proverbs 25:11 The Aramaic reads “The one who speaks the word is an apple of gold in a setting of silver.” The Septuagint is “A wise word is like a golden apple in a pendant of rubies.”
  5. Proverbs 25:11 Each one of God’s promises are like apples gilded in gold. When we are full of his Spirit we can speak and prophesy words of encouragement that are spoken at the right time for the blessing of others.
  6. Proverbs 25:12 Or “an earring of gold, an ornament of fine gold.” An earring pierces the ear and is an emblem of a listening heart.
  7. Proverbs 25:13 Or “employer.”
  8. Proverbs 25:14 The symbols of clouds, wind, and rain are significant. Clouds are often a metaphor for the people of God filled with glory (Heb. 12:1; Rev. 1:7). Wind is an emblem of the Holy Spirit bringing new life (John 3:6-8). Rain often points to teaching the revelation-truths that refresh and water the seeds of spiritual growth (Isa. 55:8-11). God’s anointed people are to be clouds carried by the wind of the Holy Spirit that bring refreshing truths to his people. When we are empty and false, we are clouds without rain. See 2 Peter 2:17 and Jude 1:12.
  9. Proverbs 25:14 Or “boast of a promised gift you never intend to give.” The Hebrew is literally “to make yourself shine in a gift of falsehood.”
  10. Proverbs 25:15 Or “Soft words break bones.”
  11. Proverbs 25:21 Or “Is he thirsty? Give him a drink.”
  12. Proverbs 25:22 Or “You will heap coals of fire on his head.” His heart will be moved and his shame exposed.
  13. Proverbs 25:23 Or “words of gossip.”
  14. Proverbs 25:24 With the exception of one Hebrew letter, this verse is identical to 21:9. See footnote. The Aramaic reads “than to live with a contentious woman in a house of divisions.”
  15. Proverbs 25:27 This line is translated from the Aramaic.
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