Proverbs 25:10

10 otherwise, the one who hears will disgrace you, and you'll never live it down.[a] [b]

Proverbs 25:10 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 25:10

Lest he that heareth [it] put thee to shame
Or, "reproach thee" F3 with treachery and deceit. Either the person of whom it is told, or the person to whom it is told; who may make thee ashamed, either by fixing the odious character of a defamer, a whisperer, and backbiter, on thee; or by making a retaliation, and in his turn make known some secret things concerning thyself, which before were not known, and, now published, will be to thy disgrace; and thine infamy turn not away;
it shall stick so close to thee, that thou shalt never get clear of it as long as thou livest, or ever retrieve thy credit; the brand of infamy shall ever be upon thee.


F3 (Kdoxy) "probris afficiat te", Pagniuus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "probro afficiet te", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis.

Proverbs 25:10 In-Context

8 Don't take a matter to court hastily. Otherwise, what will you do afterwards if your opponent humiliates you?
9 Make your case with your opponent without revealing another's secret;
10 otherwise, the one who hears will disgrace you, and you'll never live it down.
11 A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray.
12 A wise correction to a receptive ear is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Lit and your evil report will not turn back
  • [b]. Pr 17:9; Mt 5:25
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