Proverbs 25:1-28 NIV

Proverbs 25:1-28 NIV [1] These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah: [2] It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. [3] As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable. [4] Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel; [5] remove wicked officials from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness. [6] Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; [7] it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here," than for him to humiliate you before his nobles. What you have seen with your eyes [8] do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame? [9] If you take your neighbor to court, do not betray another's confidence, [10] or the one who hears it may shame you and the charge against you will stand. [11] Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given. [12] Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear. [13] Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master. [14] Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given. [15] Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone. [16] If you find honey, eat just enough-too much of it, and you will vomit. [17] Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house-too much of you, and they will hate you. [18] Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor. [19] Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble. [20] Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. [21] If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. [22] In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. [23] Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue-which provokes a horrified look. [24] Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. [25] Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. [26] Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked. [27] It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep. [28] Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

Find out more about this Bible translation: