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Proverbs 25 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Hezekiah’s Collection
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These too are proverbs of Solomon,

which the men of King Hezekiah of Judah copied.

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It is the glory of God to conceal a matter

and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.

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As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,

so the hearts of kings cannot be investigated.

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Remove impurities from silver,

and material will be produced[fn] for a silversmith.[fn]

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Remove the wicked from the king’s presence,

and his throne will be established in righteousness.

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Don’t boast about yourself before the king,

and don’t stand in the place of the great;

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for it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here! ”

than to demote you in plain view of a noble.[fn]

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Don’t take a matter to court hastily.

Otherwise, what will you do afterward

if your opponent[fn] humiliates you?

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Make your case with your opponent

without revealing another’s secret;

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otherwise, the one who hears will disgrace you,

and you’ll never live it down.[fn]

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A word spoken at the right time

is like gold apples in silver settings.

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A wise correction to a receptive ear

is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.

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To those who send him, a trustworthy envoy

is like the coolness of snow on a harvest day;

he refreshes the life of his masters.

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The one who boasts about a gift that does not exist

is like clouds and wind without rain.

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A ruler can be persuaded through patience,

and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

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If you find honey, eat only what you need;

otherwise, you’ll get sick from it and vomit.

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Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house;

otherwise, he’ll get sick of you and hate you.

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A person giving false testimony against his neighbor

is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.

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Trusting an unreliable person in a difficult time

is like a rotten tooth or a faltering foot.

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Singing songs to a troubled heart

is like taking off clothing on a cold day

or like pouring vinegar on soda.[fn]

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If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat,

and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,

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for you will heap burning coals on his head,

and the LORD will reward you.

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The north wind produces rain,

and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

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Better to live on the corner of a roof

than to share a house with a nagging wife.

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Good news from a distant land

is like cold water to a parched throat.[fn]

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A righteous person who yields to the wicked

is like a muddied spring or a polluted well.

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It is not good to eat too much honey

or to seek glory after glory.[fn]

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A person who does not control his temper

is like a city whose wall is broken down.

CSB Footnotes
Lit will come out ; Ex 32:24
Or and a vessel will be produced by a silversmith
Lit you before a noble whom your eyes see
Or neighbor, also in v. 9
Lit and your evil report will not turn back
Lit natron, or sodium carbonate
Or a weary person
Lit seek their glory, glory

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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