Proverbs 25

More Proverbs of Solomon

1 These are also proverbs of Solomon which officials of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:
2 The glory of God conceals things, but the glory of kings searches out things.
3 As heaven is to height and the earth is to depth, so [is] the heart of kings--there is no searching.
4 Remove the dross from silver, and it will become a vessel for the smith.
5 Remove the wicked before a king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
6 Do not promote yourself before the king, and in the place of the great ones do not stand.
7 For [it is] better [that] he say to you, "Ascend here," than he humble you before a noble. What your eyes have seen,
8 do not hastily bring out to court, for what will you do at its end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 Argue your argument with your neighbor [himself], the secret of another do not disclose,
10 lest he who hears shame you and your ill repute will not end.
11 Apples of gold in a setting of silver is a matter spoken at its proper time.
12 A ring of gold and an ornament of fine gold [is] a rebuke of the wise to the ear of a listener.
13 Like the cold of snow on a day of harvest [is] a faithful messenger to those who send him, and the soul of his master is refreshed.
14 [Like] clouds and wind when there is no rain, [so too is] a man who boasts in a gift of deception.
15 {With patience} a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
16 [If] you find honey, eat what is sufficient for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it out.
17 Make your foot scarce in the house of your neighbor, lest he become weary of you and hate you.
18 [Like] a club and sword and a sharp arrow [is] a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.
19 A bad tooth and a lame foot [is] the trust of a faithless person {in a time} of trouble.
20 [Like] one who removes a garment on a cold day, [or like] vinegar on natron, [is] he who sings songs to a heavy heart.
21 If your enemy [is] hungry, feed him bread, and if thirsty, let him drink water.
22 For coals of fire you will heap upon his head, and Yahweh will reward you.
23 The wind of the north produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry faces.
24 Better to live upon the corner of a roof than [with] a woman of contention and [in a] shared house.
25 [Like] cold water upon a weary soul, [so too is] good news from a distant place.
26 [Like] a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is the righteous who gives way before the wicked.
27 To eat much honey is not good, nor [is] seeking one's honor honorable.
28 A breached city [where] there is no wall [is like] a man who {has no} self-control for his spirit.

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.

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Proverbs 25 Commentaries

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