Index: Bible in Basic English


Proverbs 25

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25:1 These are more wise sayings of Solomon, copied out by the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah.

25:2 It is the glory of God to keep a thing secret: but the glory of kings is to have it searched out.

25:3 The heaven is high and the earth is deep, and the hearts of kings may not be searched out.

25:4 Take away the waste from silver, and a vessel will come out for the silver-worker.

25:5 Take away evil-doers from before the king, and the seat of his power will be made strong in righteousness.

25:6 Do not take glory for yourself before the king, and do not put yourself in the place of the great:

25:7 For it is better to have it said to you, Come up here; than for you to be put down in a lower place before the ruler.

25:8 Do not be quick to go to law about what you have seen, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbour has put you to shame?

25:9 Have a talk with your neighbour himself about your cause, but do not give away the secret of another:

25:10 Or your hearer may say evil of you, and your shame will not be turned away.

25:11 A word at the right time is like apples of gold in a network of silver.

25:12 Like a nose-ring of gold and an ornament of the best gold, is a wise man who says sharp words to an ear ready to give attention.

25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of grain-cutting, so is a true servant to those who send him; for he gives new life to the soul of his master.

25:14 As clouds and wind without rain, so is one who takes credit for an offering he has not given.

25:15 A judge is moved by one who for a long time undergoes wrongs without protest, and by a soft tongue even bone is broken.

25:16 If you have honey, take only as much as is enough for you; for fear that, being full of it, you may not be able to keep it down.

25:17 Let not your foot be frequently in your neighbour's house, or he may get tired of you, and his feeling be turned to hate.

25:18 One who gives false witness against his neighbour is a hammer and a sword and a sharp arrow.

25:19 Putting one's faith in a false man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth and a shaking foot.

25:20 Like one who takes off clothing in cold weather and like acid on a wound, is he who makes melody to a sad heart.

25:21 If your hater is in need of food, give him bread; and if he is in need of drink, give him water:

25:22 For so you will put coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will give you your reward.

25:23 As the north wind gives birth to rain, so is an angry face caused by a tongue saying evil secretly.

25:24 It is better to be living in an angle of the house-top, than with a bitter-tongued woman in a wide house.

25:25 As cold water to a tired soul, so is good news from a far country.

25:26 Like a troubled fountain and a dirty spring, is an upright man who has to give way before evil-doers.

25:27 It is not good to take much honey: so he who is not looking for honour will be honoured.

25:28 He whose spirit is uncontrolled is like an unwalled town which has been broken into.