Proverbs 25-26 King James Version

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Comparisons and Moral Lessons

25 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 [1] to another: 10  Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.

11  A word fitly [2] 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 [3] 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.

26 1  As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

2  As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

3  A whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the fool's back.

4  Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. 5  Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. [4]

6  He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool cutteth off the feet, and drinketh damage. [5] 7  The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 8  As he that bindeth [6] a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool. 9  As a thorn goeth up into the hand of a drunkard, so is a parable in the mouth of fools.

10  The great [7] God that formed all things both rewardeth the fool, and rewardeth transgressors.

11  As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly. [8]

12  Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

13  The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

14  As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed.

15  The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth [9] him to bring it again to his mouth.

16  The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

17  He that passeth by, and meddleth [10] with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

18  As a mad man who casteth firebrands, [11] arrows, and death, 19  So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?

20  Where no [12] wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth. 21  As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. 22  The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

23  Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.

24  He that hateth dissembleth [13] with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him; 25  When he speaketh [14] fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. 26  Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.

27  Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.

28  A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

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[1] 25:9 a secret...: or, the secret of

[2] 25:11 fitly...: Heb. spoken upon his wheels

[3] 25:17 Withdraw...: or, Let thy foot be seldom in

[4] 26:5 conceit: Heb. eyes

[5] 26:6 damage: or, violence

[6] 26:8 bindeth...: or, putteth a precious stone in an heap of stones

[7] 26:10 The great...: or, A great man grieveth all, and he hireth the fool, he hireth also transgressors

[8] 26:11 returneth to his folly: Heb. iterateth his folly

[9] 26:15 it grieveth...: or, he is weary

[10] 26:17 meddleth: or, is enraged

[11] 26:18 firebrands: Heb. flames, or, sparks

[12] 26:20 Where no...: Heb. Without wood

[13] 26:24 dissembleth: or, is known

[14] 26:25 speaketh...: Heb. maketh his voice gracious

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