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Proverbs 25 Common English Bible (CEB)

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25 These are also proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah:

It is the glory of God to hide something
    and the glory of kings to discover something.
Like the high heavens and the depths of the earth,
    so the mind of a king is unsearchable.

Remove the dross from the silver,
    and a vessel will come out for the refiner.
Remove the wicked from the king’s presence,
    and his throne will be established in righteousness.

Don’t exalt yourself in the presence of the king,
    or stand in the place of important people,
    because it is better that he say to you,
    “Come up here,”
    than to be demoted before a ruler.

What your eyes see, don’t be quick to quarrel over;
    what will you do in the future when your neighbor shames you?
Argue it out with your neighbor,
    and don’t give away someone’s secret.
10 Otherwise, the one who hears it will vilify you;
    the slander against you will never stop.

11 Words spoken at the right time
    are like gold apples in a silver setting.
12 Wise correction to an ear that listens
    is like a gold earring or jewelry of fine gold.

13 Like the coolness of snow on a harvest day
    are reliable messengers to those who send them;
    they restore the life of their master.
14 People who brag about a gift never given
    are like clouds and wind that produce no rain.
15 A commander can be persuaded with patience,
    and a tender tongue can break a bone.
16 If you find honey, eat just the right amount;
    otherwise, you’ll get full and vomit it up.
17 Don’t spend too much time in your neighbor’s house.
    Otherwise, they’ll get fed up with you and hate you.
18 People who testify falsely against their neighbors
    are like a club, sword, and sharpened arrow.
19 Trusting a treacherous person at a difficult time
    is like having a bad tooth or a wobbly foot.
20 Singing a song to a troubled heart
    is like taking off a garment on a cold day
    or putting vinegar on a wound.[a]
21 If your enemies are starving, feed them some bread;
    if they are thirsty, give them water to drink.
22 By doing this, you will heap burning coals on their heads,
    and the Lord will reward you.
23 The north wind stirs up rain,
    and a person who plots quietly provokes angry faces.
24 Better to live on the edge of a roof
    than to share a house with a contentious woman.
25 Good news from a distant land
    is like cold water for a weary person.
26 A righteous person giving in to the wicked
    is like a contaminated spring or a polluted fountain.
27 Eating too much honey isn’t good,
    nor is it appropriate to seek honor.
28 A person without self-control
    is like a breached city, one with no walls.


  1. Proverbs 25:20 LXX; MT vinegar on natron (a detergent)
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