Proverbs 25 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out . 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 thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and 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 there shall come forth a vessel for the finer . 4 Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith;
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness. 5 remove the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.
6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: 6 Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among great men;
7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine 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 Go not forth hastily to strive , lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee 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 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: 9 If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man's confidence,
10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame , and thine infamy turn not away . 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 pictures of silver. 11 A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear. 12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.
13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth 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 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift 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 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded , and a soft tongue breaketh the bone. 15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it. 16 If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.
17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee. 17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house-- too much of you, and he will hate you.
18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and 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 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. 19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.
20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart. 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 thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat ; and if he be 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 thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee. 22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue. 23 As a north wind brings rain, so a sly tongue brings angry looks.
24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house. 24 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
25 As cold waters 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 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring. 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: so for men to search their own glory is not glory. 27 It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor.
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down , and without walls. 28 Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.