Proverbs 25-26 New American Standard Bible

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Comparisons and Moral Lessons

25 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah , king of Judah , transcribed .

2  It is the glory of God to conceal a matter , But the glory of kings is to search out a matter . 3  As the heavens for height and the earth for depth , So the heart of kings is unsearchable e .

4  Take away the dross from the silver , And there comes out a vessel for the smith ; 5  Take away the wicked before the king , And his throne will be established in righteousness .

6  Do not claim honor in the presence of the king , And do not stand in the place of great men ; 7  For it is better that it be said to you, "Come up here ," Than for you to be placed lower in the presence of the prince , Whom your eyes have seen .

8  Do not go out hastily to argue your case; Otherwise , what will you do in the end , When your neighbor humiliates you? 9  Argue your case with your neighbor , And do not reveal the secret of another , 10  Or he who hears it will reproach you, And the evil report about you will not pass away .

11  Like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances . 12  Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise reprover to a listening ear .

13  Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters .

14  Like clouds and wind without rain Is a man who boasts of his gifts falsely .

15  By forbearance e a ruler may be persuaded , And a soft tongue breaks the bone .

16  Have you found honey ? Eat only what you need , That you not have it in excess and vomit it.

17  Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor's house , Or he will become weary of you and hate you.

18  Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow Is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor .

19  Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble .

20  Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day , or like vinegar on soda , Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart .

21  If your enemy is hungry , give him food to eat ; And if he is thirsty , give him water to drink ; 22  For you will heap burning coals on his head , And the Lord will reward you.

23  The north wind brings forth rain , And a backbiting tongue , an angry countenance .

24  It is better to live in a corner of the roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman .

25  Like cold water to a weary soul , So is good news from a distant land .

26  Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked .

27  It is not good to eat much honey , Nor is it glory to search out one's own glory .

28  Like a city that is broken into and without walls Is a man who has no control over his spirit .

26 Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest , So honor is not fitting for a fool .

2  Like a sparrow in its flitting , like a swallow in its flying , So a curse without cause does not alight .

3  A whip is for the horse , a bridle for the donkey , And a rod for the back of fools .

4  Do not answer a fool according to his folly , Or you will also be like him. 5  Answer a fool as his folly deserves, That he not be wise in his own eyes .

6  He cuts off his own feet and drinks violence Who sends a message by the hand of a fool . 7  Like the legs which are useless to the lame , So is a proverb in the mouth of fools . 8  Like one who binds a stone in a sling , So is he who gives honor to a fool . 9  Like a thorn which falls into the hand of a drunkard , So is a proverb in the mouth of fools .

10  Like an archer who wounds everyone , So is he who hires a fool or who hires those who pass by.

11  Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly .

12  Do you see a man wise in his own eyes ? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13  The sluggard says , "There is a lion in the road ! A lion is in the open square !"

14  As the door turns on its hinges , So does the sluggard on his bed .

15  The sluggard buries his hand in the dish ; He is weary of bringing it to his mouth again .

16  The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes Than seven men who can give a discreet answer .

17  Like one who takes a dog by the ears Is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.

18  Like a madman who throws Firebrands , arrows and death , 19  So is the man who deceives his neighbor , And says , " Was I not joking ?"

20  For lack of wood the fire goes out, And where there is no whisperer , contention quiets down . 21  Like charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire , So is a contentious man to kindle strife . 22  The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels , And they go down into the innermost parts of the body .

23  Like an earthen vessel overlaid with silver dross Are burning lips and a wicked heart .

24  He who hates disguises it with his lips , But he lays up deceit in his heart . 25  When he speaks graciously , do not believe him, For there are seven abominations in his heart . 26  Though his hatred covers itself with guile , His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly .

27  He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone , it will come back on him.

28  A lying tongue hates those it crushes , And a flattering mouth works ruin .

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