Proverbs 25
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1  These too are proverbs of Shlomo, which the men of King Chizkiyahu of Yehuda copied:

א  גַּם־אֵלֶּה מִשְׁלֵי שְׁלֹמֹה אֲשֶׁר הֶעְתִּיקוּ אַנְשֵׁי חִזְקִיָּה מֶלֶךְ־יְהוּדָה׃

2  It is the glory of Hashem to conceal a matter, And the glory of a king to plumb 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   It is the glory of Hashem to conceal a matter

The glory of earthly kings is made greater through scrutiny and investigation, both on their own part and when conducted by others. When the kings search out the truth in order to do justice, they bring honor to themselves, and when others look into their actions, they respect such leaders for their righteousness. Hashem’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 are shrouded in mystery.3 comments

3  Like the heavens in their height, like the earth in its depth, Is the mind of kings—unfathomable.

ג  שָׁמַיִם לָרוּם וָאָרֶץ לָעֹמֶק וְלֵב מְלָכִים אֵין חֵקֶר׃

4  The dross having been separated from the silver, A vessel emerged for the smith.

ד  הָגוֹ סִיגִים מִכָּסֶף וַיֵּצֵא לַצֹּרֵף כֶּלִי׃

5  Remove the wicked from the king’s presence, And his throne will be established in justice.

ה  הָגוֹ רָשָׁע לִפְנֵי־מֶלֶךְ וְיִכּוֹן בַּצֶּדֶק כִּסְאוֹ׃

6  Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence; Do not stand in the place of nobles.

ו  אַל־תִּתְהַדַּר לִפְנֵי־מֶלֶךְ וּבִמְקוֹם גְּדֹלִים אַל־תַּעֲמֹד׃

7  For it is better to be told, “Step up here,” Than to be degraded in the presence of the great. Do not let what your eyes have seen

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

8  Be vented rashly in a quarrel; Think of what it will effect in the end, When your fellow puts you to shame.

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

9  Defend your right against your fellow, But do not give away the secrets of another,

ט  רִיבְךָ רִיב אֶת־רֵעֶךָ וְסוֹד אַחֵר אַל־תְּגָל׃

10  Lest he who hears it reproach you, And your bad repute never end.

י  פֶּן־יְחַסֶּדְךָ שֹׁמֵעַ וְדִבָּתְךָ לֹא תָשׁוּב׃

11  Like golden apples in silver showpieces Is a phrase well turned.

יא  תַּפּוּחֵי זָהָב בְּמַשְׂכִּיּוֹת כָּסֶף דָּבָר דָּבֻר עַל־אָפְנָיו׃

12  Like a ring of gold, a golden ornament, Is a wise man’s reproof in a receptive ear.

יב  נֶזֶם זָהָב וַחֲלִי־כָתֶם מוֹכִיחַ חָכָם עַל־אֹזֶן שֹׁמָעַת׃

13  Like the coldness of snow at harvesttime Is a trusty messenger to those who send him; He lifts his master’s spirits.

יג  כְּצִנַּת־שֶׁלֶג בְּיוֹם קָצִיר צִיר נֶאֱמָן לְשֹׁלְחָיו וְנֶפֶשׁ אֲדֹנָיו יָשִׁיב׃

14  Like clouds, wind—but no rain— Is one who boasts of gifts not given.

יד  נְשִׂיאִים וְרוּחַ וְגֶשֶׁם אָיִן אִישׁ מִתְהַלֵּל בְּמַתַּת־שָׁקֶר׃

15  Through forbearance a ruler may be won over; A gentle tongue can break bones.

טו  בְּאֹרֶךְ אַפַּיִם יְפֻתֶּה קָצִין וְלָשׁוֹן רַכָּה תִּשְׁבָּר־גָּרֶם׃

16  If you find honey, eat only what you need, Lest, surfeiting yourself, you throw it up.

טז  דְּבַשׁ מָצָאתָ אֱכֹל דַּיֶּךָּ פֶּן־תִּשְׂבָּעֶנּוּ וַהֲקֵאתוֹ׃

17  Visit your neighbor sparingly, Lest he have his surfeit of you and loathe you.

יז  הֹקַר רַגְלְךָ מִבֵּית רֵעֶךָ פֶּן־יִשְׂבָּעֲךָ וּשְׂנֵאֶךָ׃

18  Like a club, a sword, a sharpened arrow, Is a man who testifies falsely against his fellow.

יח  מֵפִיץ וְחֶרֶב וְחֵץ שָׁנוּן אִישׁ עֹנֶה בְרֵעֵהוּ עֵד שָׁקֶר׃

19  Like a loose tooth and an unsteady leg, Is a treacherous support in time of trouble.

יט  שֵׁן רֹעָה וְרֶגֶל מוּעָדֶת מִבְטָח בּוֹגֵד בְּיוֹם צָרָה׃

20  Disrobing on a chilly day, Like vinegar on natron, Is one who sings songs to a sorrowful soul.

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

21  If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; If he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

כא  אִם־רָעֵב שֹׂנַאֲךָ הַאֲכִלֵהוּ לָחֶם וְאִם־צָמֵא הַשְׁקֵהוּ מָיִם׃

22  You will be heaping live coals on his head, And Hashem will reward you.

כב  כִּי גֶחָלִים אַתָּה חֹתֶה עַל־רֹאשׁוֹ וַיהֹוָה יְשַׁלֶּם־לָךְ׃

23  A north wind produces rain, And whispered words, a glowering face.

כג  רוּחַ צָפוֹן תְּחוֹלֵל גָּשֶׁם וּפָנִים נִזְעָמִים לְשׁוֹן סָתֶר׃

24  Dwelling in the corner of a roof is better Than a contentious woman in a spacious house.

כד  טוֹב שֶׁבֶת עַל־פִּנַּת־גָּג מֵאֵשֶׁת מדונים [מִדְיָנִים] וּבֵית חָבֶר׃

25  Like cold water to a parched throat Is good news from a distant land.

כה  מַיִם קָרִים עַל־נֶפֶשׁ עֲיֵפָה וּשְׁמוּעָה טוֹבָה מֵאֶרֶץ מֶרְחָק׃

26  Like a muddied spring, a ruined fountain, Is a righteous man fallen before a wicked one.

כו  מַעְיָן נִרְפָּשׂ וּמָקוֹר מָשְׁחָת צַדִּיק מָט לִפְנֵי־רָשָׁע׃

27  It is not good to eat much honey, Nor is it honorable to search for honor.

כז  אָכֹל דְּבַשׁ הַרְבּוֹת לֹא־טוֹב וְחֵקֶר כְּבֹדָם כָּבוֹד׃

28  Like an open city without walls Is a man whose temper is uncurbed.

כח  עִיר פְּרוּצָה אֵין חוֹמָה אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר אֵין מַעְצָר לְרוּחוֹ׃

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  • Verse 5: “Remove the wicked from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established in justice.”

    Modern USA rendering: “Drain the swamp!”

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