Proverbs 25:9

9 Discuss your dispute with your neighbor, but don't reveal another person's secrets.

Proverbs 25:9 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 25:9

Debate thy cause with thy neighbour [himself]
Between thee and him alone; lay the matter before him, and hear what he has to say for himself, by which you will better judge of the nature of the cause; try to compromise things, and make up the difference between you, which is much better than to commence a lawsuit; at least such a step should be taken first; see ( Matthew 5:25 ) ; and discover not a secret to another;
if the thing in controversy is a secret, do not acquaint another person with it; keep it among yourselves, if the affair can be made up without bringing it into a court of judicature; besides, by communicating it to others, you may have bad counsel given, and be led to take indirect methods: or, "the secret of another", or, "another secret do not discover" F2; if you know anything scandalous and reproachful of your neighbour and his family, you are contending with, which does not concern the cause in hand, do not divulge it, as persons from a spirit of revenge are apt to do, when they are quarrelling or litigating a point with each other.


F2 (rxa dwo) "secretum alterius", Pagninus, Montanus; "arcanum alterius", Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Mercerus, Michaelis, Schultens, so Cocceius, Gejerus; "arcanum aliud", Munster; "alienum", Syriac version.

Proverbs 25:9 In-Context

7 For it is better to be told, "Come up here,"than be degraded in the presence of a nobleman. What your eyes have seen,
8 don't rush to present in a dispute. For what will you do later on, if your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 Discuss your dispute with your neighbor, but don't reveal another person's secrets.
10 If you do, and he hears of it, he will disgrace you, and your bad reputation will stick.
11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word appropriately spoken.
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