25:1 These [are] also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of
Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
25:2 [It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor
of kings [is] to search out a matter.
25:3 The heaven for hight, and the earth for depth, and the
heart of kings [is] unsearchable.
25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come
forth a vessel for the finer.
25:5 Take away the wicked [from] before the king, and his throne
shall be established in righteousness.
25:6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and
stand not in the place of great [men]:
25:7 For better [it is] that it be said to thee, Come up hither;
than that thou shouldst be put lower in the presence of the
prince whom thy eyes have seen.
25:8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest [thou know not] what
to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbor hath put thee to
25:9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbor [himself]; and reveal
not a secret to another:
25:10 Lest he that heareth [it] put thee to shame, and thy
infamy turn not away.
25:11 A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures
25:12 [As] an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold,
[so is] a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, [so is] a
faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the
soul of his masters.
25:14 Whoever boasteth himself of a false gift [is like] clouds
and wind without rain.
25:15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft
tongue breaketh the bone.
25:16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for
thee, lest thou be filled with it, and vomit it.
25:17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbor's house; lest he be
weary of thee, and [so] hate thee.
25:18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbor [is]
a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble [is
like] a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
25:20 [As] he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, [and
as] vinegar upon nitre; so [is] he that singeth songs to a
25:21 If thy enemy shall hunger, give him bread to eat; and if
he shall thirst, give him water to drink:
25:22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the
LORD will reward thee.
25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so [doth] an angry
countenance a backbiting tongue.
25:24 [It is] better to dwell in a corner of the house-top, than
with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
25:25 [As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so [is] good news from
a far country.
25:26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked [is as] a
turbid fountain, and a corrupt spring.
25:27 [It is] not good to eat much honey: so [for men] to search
their own glory [is not] glory.
25:28 He that [hath] no rule over his own spirit [is like] a
city [that is] broken down, [and] without walls.