25:1 These [are] also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.
25:1 These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied:

25:2 [It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings [is] to search out a matter.
25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

25:3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings [is] unsearchable.
25:3 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, So the heart of kings is unsearchable.

25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
25:4 Take away the dross from silver, And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry.

25:5 Take away the wicked [from] before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness.

25:6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great [men]:
25:6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of the great;

25:7 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.
25:7 For it is better that he say to you, "Come up here," Than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.

25:8 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.
25:8 Do not go hastily to court; For what will you do in the end, When your neighbor has put you to shame?

25:9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour [himself]; and discover not a secret to another:
25:9 Debate your case with your neighbor, And do not disclose the secret to another;

25:10 Lest he that heareth [it] put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
25:10 Lest he who hears it expose your shame, And your reputation be ruined.

25:11 A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver.
25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.

25:12 [As] an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, [so is] a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
25:12 Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.

25:13 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.
25:13 Like the cold of snow in time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters.

25:14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift [is like] clouds and wind without rain.
25:14 Whoever falsely boasts of giving Is like clouds and wind without rain.

25:15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
25:15 By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, And a gentle tongue breaks a bone.

25:16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
25:16 Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit.

25:17 Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and [so] hate thee.
25:17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house, Lest he become weary of you and hate you.

25:18 A man that beareth false witness against his neighbour [is] a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
25:18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow.

25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble [is like] a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble Is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.

25:20 [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.
25:20 Like one who takes away a garment in cold weather, And like vinegar on soda, Is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

25:21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;

25:22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.
25:22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the LORD will reward you.

25:23 The north wind driveth away rain: so [doth] an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
25:23 The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

25:24 [It is] better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
25:24 It is better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

25:25 [As] cold waters to a thirsty soul, so [is] good news from a far country.
25:25 As cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a far country.

25:26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked [is as] a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
25:26 A righteous man who falters before the wicked Is like a murky spring and a polluted well.

25:27 [It is] not good to eat much honey: so [for men] to search their own glory [is not] glory.
25:27 It is not good to eat much honey; So to seek one's own glory is not glory.

25:28 He that [hath] no rule over his own spirit [is like] a city [that is] broken down, [and] without walls.
25:28 Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls.