Proverbs 25

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1 These also are 1proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.
2 It is the glory of God to 2conceal things, but the glory of kings is to 3search things out.
3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is 4unsearchable.
4 Take away 5the dross from the silver, and 6the smith has material for a vessel;
5 take away 7the wicked from the presence of the king, and his 8throne will be established in righteousness.
6 Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great,
7 for 9it is better to be told, "Come up here," than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.What your eyes have seen
8 10do not hastily bring into court, for[a] what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 11Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another's secret,
10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.
11 12A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
12 Like 13a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to 14a listening ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is 15a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.
14 Like 16clouds and wind without rain is a man who 17boasts of a gift he does not give.
15 With 18patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
16 If you have 19found honey, eat 20only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
18 A man who 21bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or 22a sword, or a sharp arrow.
19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
20 Whoever 23sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.
21 24If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,
22 for you will heap 25burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
24 26It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Like cold water to 27a thirsty soul, so is 28good news from a far country.
26 Like 29a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
27 It is 30not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to 31seek one's own glory.[b]
28 A man 32without self-control is like 33a city broken into and left without walls.

Proverbs 25 Commentary

Chapter 25

Verses 1-3 God needs not search into any thing; nothing can be hid from him. But it is the honour of rulers to search out matters, ( proverbs 25:4-5 ) to suppress vice, and reform his people, is the best way to ( proverbs 25:6-7 ) self-denial. He who has seen the glory of the Lord in Christ Jesus, will feel his own unworthiness. ( 8-10 ) . To be hasty in beginning strife, will bring into difficulties. War must at length end, and might better be prevented. It is so in private ( proverbs 25:11-12 ) word of counsel, or reproof, rightly spoken, is especially beautiful, as fine fruit becomes still more beautiful in silver baskets. Verse 13 . See what ought to be the aim of him that is trusted with any business; to be faithful. A faithful minister, Christ's messenger, should be thus acceptable to us. Verse 14 . He who pretends to have received or given that which he never had, is like the morning cloud, that disappoints those who look for rain. Verse 15 . Be patient to bear a present hurt. Be mild to speak without passion; for persuasive language is the most effectual to prevail over the hardened mind. Verse 16 . God has given us leave to use grateful things, but we are cautioned against excess. Verse 17 . We cannot be upon good terms with our neighbours, without discretion as well as sincerity. How much better a Friend is God than any other friend! The oftener we come to him, the more welcome. Verse 18 . A false testimony is dangerous in every thing. Verse 19 . Confidence in an unfaithful man is painful and vexatious; when we put any stress on him, he not only fails, but makes us feel for it. Verse 20 . We take a wrong course if we think to relieve those in sorrow by endeavoring to make them merry. (proverbs 25:21-22 ) The precept to love even our enemies is an Old Testament commandment. Our Saviour has shown his own great example in loving us when we were enemies. Verse 23 . Slanders would not be so readily spoken, if they were not readily heard. Sin, if it receives any check, becomes cowardly. Verse 24 . It is better to be alone, than to be joined to one who is a hinderance to the comfort of life. Verse 25 . Heaven is a country afar off; how refreshing is good news from thence, in the everlasting gospel, which signifies glad tidings, and in the witness of the Spirit with our spirits that we are God's children! Verse 26 . When the righteous are led into sin, it is as hurtful as if the public fountains were poisoned. Verse 27 . We must be, through grace, dead to the pleasures of sense, and also to the praises of men. Verse 28 . The man who has no command over his anger, is easily robbed of peace. Let us give up ourselves to the Lord, and pray him to put his Spirit within us, and cause us to walk in his statutes.

Cross References 33

  • 1. See Proverbs 1:1
  • 2. [Deuteronomy 29:29; Romans 11:33]
  • 3. Job 29:16
  • 4. [Psalms 145:3]
  • 5. [Ezekiel 22:18; 2 Timothy 2:20, 21]
  • 6. [Malachi 3:2, 3]
  • 7. [Proverbs 20:8]
  • 8. See Proverbs 16:12
  • 9. See Luke 14:8-11
  • 10. Matthew 5:25; Luke 12:58; [Proverbs 17:14]
  • 11. Matthew 18:15
  • 12. Proverbs 15:23; [Isaiah 50:4]
  • 13. [Genesis 24:22]
  • 14. Proverbs 15:31; Proverbs 20:12
  • 15. Proverbs 13:17
  • 16. Jude 12
  • 17. Proverbs 20:6
  • 18. Proverbs 15:1; Proverbs 16:14; [Ecclesiastes 10:4]
  • 19. [Judges 14:8; 1 Samuel 14:25]
  • 20. [ver. 27]
  • 21. [Proverbs 24:28]
  • 22. Proverbs 12:18; See Psalms 57:4
  • 23. [Romans 12:15]
  • 24. Cited Romans 12:20; [2 Kings 6:22; 2 Chronicles 28:15]; See Exodus 23:4, 5
  • 25. Psalms 140:10
  • 26. Proverbs 21:9
  • 27. [Psalms 42:2]
  • 28. Proverbs 15:30
  • 29. [Ezekiel 32:2; Ezekiel 34:18, 19]
  • 30. [ver. 16]
  • 31. [Proverbs 27:2]
  • 32. [Proverbs 16:32]
  • 33. [2 Chronicles 32:5; 2 Chronicles 36:19; Nehemiah 1:3]

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Hebrew or else
  • [b]. The meaning of the Hebrew line is uncertain

Proverbs 25 Commentaries

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