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Proverbs 25

King James Version
1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
20 As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.
21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
23 The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.1


Commentary
Verse 1.   These - Which are contained in this and the following chapters. The men - Certain persons appointed by Hezekiah for that work. Many of them are political precepts, and such as in a special manner concerned Hezekiah, and other princes, for the conduct of their house and kingdom. Copied - Out of the historical records which were then extant.
Verse 2.   The glory - It is agreeable to the nature of God; it is a testimony of his infinite wisdom, and of his absolute power and sovereignty. To conceal - To keep his counsels, and the reasons of his actions in his own breast. Search out - To communicate their counsels to others, that so they may search and find out the right way.
Verse 3.   The heart - Though wise kings will search out other men, yet their inward thoughts and purposes are hardly discoverable.
Verse 4.   Take away - Then, and not 'till then it is fit for that use.
Verse 6.   Stand not - Do not affect frequent and familiar society with greater persons than thyself.
Verse 9.   Debate - If thou hast any quarrel with him, first try to compose it by private discourse with him. Discover not - Let not heat of contention provoke thee to divulge any of his secrets committed to thy trust.
Verse 10.   Lest he - Reproach thee for thy gross violation of the laws of prudence, justice and friendship.
Verse 11.   Of silver - Which it seems was usual in those times, and was grateful to the eye for the beauty and variety both of the colours and figures, the golden apples appearing through net-work of silver. 13. Cold of snow - As drink cooled with ice or snow, as is usual in hot countries.
Verse 14.   Boasteth - Promising what he never intends to give. Is like - Like empty clouds carried about with wind, and not affording that rain which they promise.
Verse 15.   Forbearing - By patient submission and expectation. Breaketh - Softens the hardest heart.
Verse 16.   Honey - By honey he understands, not only all delicious meats, but all worldly delights, which we are here taught to use with moderation.
Verse 17.   Withdraw - Visit him not too frequently.
Verse 18.   A sword - Is as cruel and pernicious as any instrument of death.
Verse 20.   As vinegar - Which dissolves the nitre, and makes it useless and ineffectual.
Verse 21.   Bread - By bread and water he understands all things necessary for his subsistence.
Verse 22.   For - In so doing, which words are expressed Rom. xii, 20, where this text is quoted. Thou shalt melt him into repentance, and love.
Verse 25.   So - Because it comes more rarely and difficultly, after it hath been long expected.
Verse 26.   Falling - When righteous men are oppressed by the wicked, the state of that common-wealth is as deplorable, as if the publick fountains were corrupted.
Verse 27.   Not good - For health. To search - Industriously to seek for applause. Is not - Is not only sinful, but shameful also.
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References and notes
1.  King James Authorized Version
2.  John Wesley's Notes on the Bible - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/proverbs/wesley/proverbs25.htm
3.  The Adam Clarke Commentary - http://www.studylight.org/com/acc/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=025

 

 

 

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Division of Proverbs 25

A new series of Solomon's proverbs.
God's glory in mysteries.
Observations concerning kings.
Avoid contentions.
Opportune speech.
The faithful ambassador.
Delicacies to be sparingly used.
 Avoid familiarity.
Amusements not grateful to a distressed mind.
Do good to your enemies.
The misery of dwelling with a scold.
The necessity of moderation and self- government.3
 

 

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