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Proverbs 25 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied. 1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:
2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable. 3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel; 4 Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith;
5 take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness. 5 remove the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.
6 Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great, 6 Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among great men;
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 7 it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here," than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman. What you have seen with your eyes
8 do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame? 8 do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another's secret, 9 If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man's confidence,
10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end. 10 or he who hears it may shame you and you will never lose your bad reputation.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. 11 A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. 12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.
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. 13 Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.
14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give. 14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.
15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone. 15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it. 16 If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.
17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you. 17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house-- too much of you, and he will hate you.
18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow. 18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.
19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips. 19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.
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. 20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, 21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. 22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks. 23 As a north wind brings rain, so a sly tongue brings angry looks.
24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife. 24 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. 25 Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked. 26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory. 27 It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor.
28 A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. 28 Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.