Proverbs 25 New Living Translation (NLT)
More Proverbs of Solomon
25 These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah.
2 It is God’s privilege to conceal things
3 No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth,
4 Remove the impurities from silver,
6 Don’t demand an audience with the king
Just because you’ve seen something,
9 When arguing with your neighbor,
11 Timely advice is lovely,
12 To one who listens, valid criticism
13 Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer.
14 A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it
15 Patience can persuade a prince,
16 Do you like honey?
17 Don’t visit your neighbors too often,
18 Telling lies about others
19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble
20 Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart
21 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.
23 As surely as a north wind brings rain,
24 It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic
25 Good news from far away
26 If the godly give in to the wicked,
27 It’s not good to eat too much honey,
28 A person without self-control
Proverbs 25 New International Version (NIV)
More Proverbs of Solomon
25 These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
4 Remove the dross from the silver,
6 Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,
What you have seen with your eyes
9 If you take your neighbor to court,
11 Like apples[b] of gold in settings of silver
13 Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,
16 If you find honey, eat just enough—
18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;
23 Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain
24 Better to live on a corner of the roof
25 Like cold water to a weary soul
27 It is not good to eat too much honey,
28 Like a city whose walls are broken through
Proverbs 25 King James Version (KJV)
25 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
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.
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.
23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.