Proverbs 25 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 These too 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 a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter. 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
3 As the heaven is high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings cannot be investigated. 3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
4 Remove impurities from silver, and a vessel will be produced for a silversmith. 4 Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith;
5 Remove the wicked from the king's presence, 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 Don't brag about yourself before the king, and don't 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 for him to say to you, "Come up here!" than to demote you in plain view of a noble. 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 Don't take a matter to court hastily. Otherwise, what will you do afterwards if your opponent humiliates you? 8 do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 Make your case with your opponent without revealing another's secret; 9 If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man's confidence,
10 otherwise, the one who hears will disgrace you, and you'll never live it down. 10 or he who hears it may shame you and you will never lose your bad reputation.
11 A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray. 11 A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
12 A wise correction to a receptive ear is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold. 12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.
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. 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 The man who boasts about a gift that does not exist is like clouds and wind without rain. 14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.
15 A ruler can be persuaded through patience, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. 15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
16 If you find honey, eat only what you need; otherwise, you'll get sick from it and vomit. 16 If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.
17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house; otherwise, he'll get sick 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 giving false testimony against his neighbor is like a club, 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 an unreliable person in a time of trouble is like a rotten tooth or a faltering foot. 19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.
20 Singing songs to a troubled heart is like taking off clothing on a cold day, or like [pouring] 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 food 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 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 produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks. 23 As a north wind brings rain, so a sly tongue brings angry looks.
24 Better to live on the corner of a roof than in a house shared with a nagging wife. 24 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Good news from a distant land is like cold water to a parched throat. 25 Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.
26 A righteous person who yields to the wicked is like a muddied spring or a polluted well. 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 too much honey, or to seek glory after glory. 27 It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor.
28 A man who does not control his temper is like a city whose wall is broken down. 28 Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.