Proverbs 25:1-Proverbs 29:27 - More Proverbs Of Solomon

1 These also are 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 glory of kings is to search out a matter. 3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.

4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there comes forth a vessel for the refiner. 5 Take away the wicked [from] before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

6 Put not thyself forward in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men. 7 For it is better that it be said to thee, Come up here, than that thou should be put lower in the presence of the prince, whom thine eyes have seen.

8 Go not forth hastily to strive. What will thou do in the end of it when thy neighbor has put thee to shame? 9 Debate thy case with thy neighbor [himself], and disclose not the secret of another, 10 lest he who hears it revile thee, and thine infamy turn not away.

11 A word fitly spoken is apples of gold in a network of silver. 12 An earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, [is] a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, [is] a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters.

14 Clouds and wind without rain, [is] he who boasts himself of his gifts falsely. 15 By long-suffering a ruler is persuaded, and a soft tongue breaks the bone. 16 Have thou found honey? Eat as much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled with it, and vomit it. 17 Let thy foot be seldom in thy neighbor's house, lest he be weary of thee, and hate thee.

18 A man who bears FALSE witness against his neighbor is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow. 19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

20 As he who takes off a garment in cold weather, [and] vinegar upon soda, so [is] he who sings songs to a heavy heart.

21 If thine enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. 22 For thou will heap coals of fire upon his head, and LORD will reward thee.

23 The north wind brings forth rain. So does a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance. 24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman in a wide house. 25 [As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. 26 A troubled fountain, and a corrupted spring, [is] a righteous man who gives way before the wicked. 27 It is not good to eat much honey, so [for men] to search out their own glory is grievous. 28 He whose spirit is without restraint is a city that is broken down and without walls.

1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not seemly for a fool. 2 As the sparrow in her wandering, as the swallow in her flying, so the curse that is causeless does not alight. 3 A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools. 4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like to him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. 6 He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off the feet, [and] drinks injury. 7 The legs of a lame man hang loose. So is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8 As he who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool. 9 [As] a thorn that goes up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 10 [As] an archer who wounds all, so is he who hires a fool, and he who hires those who pass by. 11 As a dog who returns to his vomit, [is] a fool who repeats his folly. 12 See thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope for a fool than of him.

13 The sluggard says, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. 14 The door turns upon its hinges, so does the sluggard upon his bed. 15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish. It wearies him to bring it again to his mouth. 16 The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men who can render a reason.

17 He who passes by, [and] meddles with strife not his, [is like] he who takes a dog by the ears. 18 As a madman who casts firebrands, arrows, and death, 19 so is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, Am I not in sport?

20 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, contention ceases. 21 [As] coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to inflame strife. 22 The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts.

23 Fervent lips and a wicked heart are an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross. 24 He who hates masquerades with his lips, but he lays up deceit within him. 25 When he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26 Though [his] hatred cover itself with guile, his wickedness shall be openly shown before the assembly. 27 He who digs a pit shall fall in it, and he who rolls a stone, it shall return upon him. 28 A lying tongue hates those whom it has wounded, and a flattering mouth works ruin.

1 Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou know not what a day may bring forth.

2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth, a stranger, and not thine own lips.

3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty, but a fool's vexation is heavier than both.

4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming, but who is able to stand before jealousy?

5 Better is open rebuke than love that is hidden.

6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are profuse.

7 The full soul loathes a honeycomb, but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

8 As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man who wanders from his place.

9 Oil and perfume rejoice the heart, so [too] the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

10 Forsake not thine own friend, and thy father's friend. And go not to thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity. Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far off.

11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.

12 A prudent man sees the evil, [and] hides himself. The simple pass on, [and] suffer for it.

13 Take his garment who is surety for a stranger, and hold him in pledge [who is surety] for a strange woman.

14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be considered a curse to him.

15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day, and a contentious woman are alike.

16 He who would restrain her restrains the wind, and his right hand encounters oil.

17 Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

18 He who keeps the fig tree shall eat the fruit of it, and he who regards his master shall be honored.

19 As in water face [is] to face, so the heart of a man [is] to a man.

20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and the eyes of man are never satisfied.

21 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, and a man is [tried] by his praise.

22 Though thou should pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, [and] look well to thy herds.

24 For riches are not forever. And does the crown endure to all generations?

25 The hay is carried, and the tender grass shows itself, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in.

26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the cost of the field.

27 And [then will be] goats' milk enough for thy food; for the food of thy household, and maintenance for thy maidens.

1 A wicked man flees when no man pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

2 For the transgression of a land many are the rulers of it. But by men of understanding [and] knowledge the state shall be prolonged.

3 A needy man who oppresses the poor is a sweeping rain which leaves no food.

4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them.

5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek LORD understand all things.

6 Better is the poor man who walks in his integrity, than he who is perverse in [his] ways, though he be rich.

7 He who keeps the law is a wise son, but he who is a companion of gluttons shames his father.

8 He who augments his substance by interest and increase, gathers it for him who has pity on the poor.

9 He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

10 He who causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit. But the perfect shall inherit good.

11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit, but a poor man who has understanding searches him out.

12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.

13 He who covers his transgressions shall not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them shall obtain mercy.

14 Happy is the man who fears always, but he who hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.

15 A roaring lion, and a ranging bear, [is] a wicked ruler over a poor people.

16 The ruler who lacks understanding is also a great oppressor, [but] he who hates covetousness shall prolong his days.

17 A man who is laden with the blood of any person shall flee to the pit. Let no man stay him.

18 He who walks uprightly shall be delivered, but he who is perverse in [his] ways shall fall at once.