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Proverbs 25 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:1 - These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:2 - It is the glory of God to conceal things,
but the glory of kings is to search things out.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:3 - As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,
so the heart of kings is unsearchable.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:4 - Take away the dross from the silver,
and the smith has material for a vessel;

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:5 - take away the wicked from the presence of the king,
and his throne will be established in righteousness.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:6 - Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence
or stand in the place of the great,

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:7 - 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

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:8 - do not hastily bring into court,
for[fn] what will you do in the end,
when your neighbor puts you to shame?

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:9 - Argue your case with your neighbor himself,
and do not reveal another’s secret,

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:10 - lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,
and your ill repute have no end.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:11 - A word fitly spoken
is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:12 - Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold
is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:13 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:14 - Like clouds and wind without rain
is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:15 - With patience a ruler may be persuaded,
and a soft tongue will break a bone.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:16 - If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,
lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:17 - Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,
lest he have his fill of you and hate you.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:18 - A man who bears false witness against his neighbor
is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:19 - Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble
is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:20 - Whoever sings songs to a heavy heart
is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,
and like vinegar on soda.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:21 - If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat,
and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:22 - for you will heap burning coals on his head,
and the LORD will reward you.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:23 - The north wind brings forth rain,
and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:24 - It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:25 - Like cold water to a thirsty soul,
so is good news from a far country.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:26 - Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain
is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:27 - It is not good to eat much honey,
nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:28 - A man without self-control
is like a city broken into and left without walls.
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