Hezekiah's Collection

1 These too are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, copied.

References for Proverbs 25:1

      2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.
      3 As the heaven is high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings cannot be investigated.
      4 Remove impurities from silver, and a vessel will be produceda for a silversmith.

      References for Proverbs 25:4

        • a 25:4 - Lit will come out; Ex 32:24
          5 Remove the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
          6 Don't brag about yourself before the king, and don't stand in the place of the great;
          7 for it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here!" than to demote you in plain view of a noble.b c

          References for Proverbs 25:7

            • b 25:7 - Lit you before a noble whom your eyes see
            • c 25:7 - Lk 14:7-11
              8 Don't take a matter to court hastily. Otherwise, what will you do afterwards if your opponentd humiliates you?

              References for Proverbs 25:8

                • d 25:8 - Or neighbor
                  9 Make your case with your opponente without revealing another's secret;

                  References for Proverbs 25:9

                    • e 25:9 - Or neighbor
                      10 otherwise, the one who hears will disgrace you, and you'll never live it down.f g

                      References for Proverbs 25:10

                        • f 25:10 - Lit and your evil report will not turn back
                        • g 25:10 - Pr 17:9; Mt 5:25
                          11 A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray.h i

                          References for Proverbs 25:11

                            • h 25:11 - Or like apples of gold in settings of silver
                            • i 25:11 - Pr 8:10; 15:23; 16:16
                              12 A wise correction to a receptive ear is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.
                              13 To those who send him, a trustworthy messenger is like the coolness of snow on a harvest day; he refreshes the life of his masters.j

                              References for Proverbs 25:13

                                • j 25:13 - Pr 13:17; 16:24; 25:25
                                  14 The man who boasts about a gift that does not exist is like clouds and wind without rain.
                                  15 A ruler can be persuaded through patience, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.k

                                  References for Proverbs 25:15

                                    • k 25:15 - Pr 15:1; 16:32; Ec 10:4
                                      16 If you find honey, eat only what you need; otherwise, you'll get sick from it and vomit.l

                                      References for Proverbs 25:16

                                          17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house; otherwise, he'll get sick of you and hate you.
                                          18 A man giving false testimony against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.
                                          19 Trusting an unreliable person in a time of trouble is like a rotten tooth or a faltering foot.
                                          20 Singing songs to a troubled heart is like taking off clothing on a cold day, or like [pouring] vinegar on soda.m

                                          References for Proverbs 25:20

                                            • m 25:20 - Lit natron, or sodium carbonate
                                              21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
                                              22 for you will heap coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.n

                                              References for Proverbs 25:22

                                                • n 25:22 - Mt 5:44; Rm 12:20
                                                  23 The north wind produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
                                                  24 Better to live on the corner of a roof than in a house shared with a nagging wife.o

                                                  References for Proverbs 25:24

                                                    • o 25:24 - Pr 15:17; 17:1; 21:9,19
                                                      25 Good news from a distant land is like cold water to a parched throat.p q

                                                      References for Proverbs 25:25

                                                          26 A righteous person who yields to the wicked is like a muddied spring or a polluted well.
                                                          27 It is not good to eat too much honey,r or to seek glory after glory.

                                                          References for Proverbs 25:27

                                                              28 A man who does not control his tempers is like a city whose wall is broken down.

                                                              References for Proverbs 25:28

                                                                • s 25:28 - Pr 16:32; 29:11