Proverbs 25
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1  These also are proverbs of Shlomo, which the men of Chizkiyahu king of Yehuda copied out.

א  גַּם אֵלֶּה מִשְׁלֵי שְׁלֹמֹה אֲשֶׁר הֶעְתִּיקוּ אַנְשֵׁי חִזְקִיָּה מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה.

2  It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

k’-VOD e-lo-HEEM has-TAYR da-VAR ukh-VOD m’-la-KHEEM kha-KOR da-VAR.

ב  כְּבֹד אֱלֹהִים הַסְתֵּר דָּבָר וּכְבֹד מְלָכִים חֲקֹר דָּבָר.

25:2   But the glory of kings is to search out a matter

The glory of earthly kings is made greater through investigation, both their own and others’. When they search out the truth in order to do justice, they bring honor to themselves. When others look into their actions, they will respect such leaders for their righteousness. God’s glory, on the other hand, is made greater by concealment. His miracles and actions are beyond human understanding, and though they are recorded in the Bible, many of them are shrouded in mystery and riddles.

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3  The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

ג  שָׁמַיִם לָרוּם וָאָרֶץ לָעֹמֶק וְלֵב מְלָכִים אֵין חֵקֶר.

4  Take away the dross from the silver, and there cometh forth a vessel for the refiner;

ד  הָגוֹ סִיגִים מִכָּסֶף וַיֵּצֵא לַצֹּרֵף כֶּלִי.

5  Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

ה  הָגוֹ רָשָׁע לִפְנֵי מֶלֶךְ וְיִכּוֹן בַּצֶּדֶק כִּסְאוֹ.

6  Glorify not thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men;

ו  אַל תִּתְהַדַּר לִפְנֵי מֶלֶךְ וּבִמְקוֹם גְּדֹלִים אַל תַּעֲמֹד.

7  For better is it 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.

ז  כִּי טוֹב אֲמָר לְךָ עֲלֵה הֵנָּה מֵהַשְׁפִּילְךָ לִפְנֵי נָדִיב אֲשֶׁר רָאוּ עֵינֶיךָ.

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.

ח  אַל תֵּצֵא לָרִב מַהֵר פֶּן מַה תַּעֲשֶׂה בְּאַחֲרִיתָהּ בְּהַכְלִים אֹתְךָ רֵעֶךָ.

9  Debate thy cause with thy neighbour, but reveal not the secret of another;

ט  רִיבְךָ רִיב אֶת רֵעֶךָ וְסוֹד אַחֵר אַל תְּגָל.

10  Lest he that heareth it revile thee, and thine infamy turn not away.

י  פֶּן יְחַסֶּדְךָ שֹׁמֵעַ וְדִבָּתְךָ לֹא תָשׁוּב.

11  A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

יא  תַּפּוּחֵי זָהָב בְּמַשְׂכִּיּוֹת כָּסֶף דָּבָר דָּבֻר עַל אָפְנָיו.

12  As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

יב  נֶזֶם זָהָב וַחֲלִי כָתֶם מוֹכִיחַ חָכָם עַל אֹזֶן שֹׁמָעַת.

13  As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to him that sendeth him; for he refresheth the soul of his master.

יג  כְּצִנַּת שֶׁלֶג בְּיוֹם קָצִיר צִיר נֶאֱמָן לְשֹׁלְחָיו וְנֶפֶשׁ אֲדֹנָיו יָשִׁיב.

14  As vapours and wind without rain, so is he that boasteth himself of a false gift.

יד  נְשִׂיאִים וְרוּחַ וְגֶשֶׁם אָיִן אִישׁ מִתְהַלֵּל בְּמַתַּת שָׁקֶר.

15  By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

טו  בְּאֹרֶךְ אַפַּיִם יְפֻתֶּה קָצִין וְלָשׁוֹן רַכָּה תִּשְׁבָּר גָּרֶם.

16  Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

טז  דְּבַשׁ מָצָאתָ אֱכֹל דַּיֶּךָּ פֶּן תִּשְׂבָּעֶנּוּ וַהֲקֵאתוֹ.

17  Let thy foot be seldom in thy neighbour’s house; lest he be sated with thee, and hate thee.

יז  הֹקַר רַגְלְךָ מִבֵּית רֵעֶךָ |פֶּן יִשְׂבָּעֲךָ וּשְׂנֵאֶךָ.

18  As a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow, so is a man that beareth false witness against his neighbour.

יח  מֵפִיץ וְחֶרֶב וְחֵץ שָׁנוּן אִישׁ עֹנֶה בְרֵעֵהוּ עֵד שָׁקֶר.

19  Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

יט  שֵׁן רֹעָה וְרֶגֶל מוּעָדֶת מִבְטָח בּוֹגֵד בְּיוֹם צָרָה.

20  As one that taketh off a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to a heavy heart.

כ  מַעֲדֶה בֶּגֶד בְּיוֹם קָרָה חֹמֶץ עַל נָתֶר וְשָׁר בַּשִּׁרִים עַל לֶב רָע.

21  If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink;

כא  אִם רָעֵב שֹׂנַאֲךָ הַאֲכִלֵהוּ לָחֶם וְאִם צָמֵא הַשְׁקֵהוּ מָיִם.

22  For thou wilt heap coals of fire upon his head, and Hashem will reward thee.

כב  כִּי גֶחָלִים אַתָּה חֹתֶה עַל רֹאשׁוֹ וַיהוָה יְשַׁלֶּם לָךְ.

23  The north wind bringeth forth rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

כג  רוּחַ צָפוֹן תְּחוֹלֵל גָּשֶׁם וּפָנִים נִזְעָמִים לְשׁוֹן סָתֶר.

24  It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than in a house in common with a contentious woman.

כד  טוֹב שֶׁבֶת עַל פִּנַּת גָּג מֵאֵשֶׁת מדונים (מִדְיָנִים) וּבֵית חָבֶר.

25  As cold waters to a faint soul, so is good news from a far country.

כה  מַיִם קָרִים עַל נֶפֶשׁ עֲיֵפָה וּשְׁמוּעָה טוֹבָה מֵאֶרֶץ מֶרְחָק.

26  As a troubled fountain, and a corrupted spring, so is a righteous man that giveth way before the wicked.

כו  מַעְיָן נִרְפָּשׂ וּמָקוֹר מָשְׁחָת צַדִּיק מָט לִפְנֵי רָשָׁע.

27  It is not good to eat much honey; so for men to search out their own glory is not glory.

כז  אָכֹל דְּבַשׁ הַרְבּוֹת לֹא טוֹב וְחֵקֶר כְּבֹדָם כָּבוֹד.

28  Like a city broken down and without a wall, so is he whose spirit is without restraint.

כח  עִיר פְּרוּצָה אֵין חוֹמָה אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר אֵין מַעְצָר לְרוּחוֹ.

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