Proverbs 25:1-11 NIV

More Proverbs of Solomon

1 These are more proverbs1 of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:2

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2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.3

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3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
4 Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material fora the silversmith;

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    • a 25:4 - Or "comes a vessel from"
      5 remove the wicked from the king's presence,4 and his throne will be established5 through righteousness.6

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      6 Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among great men;
      7 it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here,"7 than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman. What you have seen with your eyes

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      8 do not bringb hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?8

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        • b 25:8 - ,8 Or "nobleman / on whom you had set your eyes. / 8 Do not go"
          9 If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man's confidence,
          10 or he who hears it may shame you and you will never lose your bad reputation.
          11 A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.9

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