Proverbs 25

English Standard Version

1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied. (Pr 1:1) 2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. (De 29:29; Job 29:16; Ro 11:33) 3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable. (Ps 145:3) 4 Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel; (Eze 22:18; Mal 3:2; 2Ti 2:20) 5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness. (Pr 16:12; Pr 20:8) 6 Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great, 7 for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. What your eyes have seen (Lu 14:8) 8 do not hastily bring into court,[1] for[2] what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame? (Pr 17:14; Mt 5:25; Lu 12:58) 9 Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another’s secret, (Mt 18:15) 10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end. 11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. (Pr 15:23; Isa 50:4) 12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. (Ge 24:22; Pr 15:31; Pr 20:12) 13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters. (Pr 13:17) 14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give. (Pr 20:6; Jud 1:12) 15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone. (Pr 15:1; Pr 16:14; Ec 10:4) 16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it. (Jud 14:8; 1Sa 14:25; Pr 25:27) 17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you. 18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow. (Ps 57:4; Pr 12:18; Pr 24:28) 19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips. 20 Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda. (Ro 12:15) 21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, (Ex 23:4; 2Ki 6:22; 2Ch 28:15; Ro 12:20) 22 for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. (Ps 140:10) 23 The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks. 24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife. (Pr 21:9) 25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. (Ps 42:2; Pr 15:30) 26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked. (Eze 32:2; Eze 34:18) 27 It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.[3] (Pr 25:16; Pr 27:2) 28 A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. (2Ch 32:5; 2Ch 36:19; Ne 1:3; Pr 16:32)