New International Version

Proverbs 25:1-28

More Proverbs of Solomon

1These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:

2It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;

to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

3As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,

so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

4Remove the dross from the silver,

and a silversmith can produce a vessel;

5remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,

and his throne will be established through righteousness.

6Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence,

and do not claim a place among his great men;

7it 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

8do not bring25:7,8 Or nobles / on whom you had set your eyes. / 8 Do not go hastily to court,

for what will you do in the end

if your neighbor puts you to shame?

9If you take your neighbor to court,

do not betray another’s confidence,

10or the one who hears it may shame you

and the charge against you will stand.

11Like apples25:11 Or possibly apricots of gold in settings of silver

is a ruling rightly given.

12Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold

is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.

13Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time

is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;

he refreshes the spirit of his master.

14Like clouds and wind without rain

is one who boasts of gifts never given.

15Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,

and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

16If you find honey, eat just enough—

too much of it, and you will vomit.

17Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—

too much of you, and they will hate you.

18Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow

is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.

19Like a broken tooth or a lame foot

is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.

20Like 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.

21If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;

if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

22In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head,

and the Lord will reward you.

23Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain

is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.

24Better to live on a corner of the roof

than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

25Like cold water to a weary soul

is good news from a distant land.

26Like a muddied spring or a polluted well

are the righteous who give way to the wicked.

27It is not good to eat too much honey,

nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.

28Like a city whose walls are broken through

is a person who lacks self-control.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

箴言 25:1-28

所罗门的箴言(续)

1以下也是所罗门的箴言,由犹大希西迦的人抄录。

2将事隐藏是上帝的荣耀,

把事查明是君王的光荣。

3天之高,地之厚,

君王的心测不透。

4除掉银子里的渣滓,

银匠就能铸造器皿。

5清除君王身边的恶人,

王位必因公义而巩固。

6不可在王面前妄自尊大,

不要占据大人物的位子。

7与其在权贵面前受羞辱,

不如等人邀请你坐上座。

8不可鲁莽地打官司,

以免败诉、羞愧难当。

9遇到跟邻舍争讼,

不可泄露其秘密,

10免得听见的人辱骂你,

你的恶名将永难洗刷。

11一句话说得合宜,

就像金苹果放在银器里。

12对受教者而言,

智者的责备犹如金耳环和金饰物。

13忠信的使者叫主人心里舒畅,

就像夏收之时有冰雪的凉气。

14夸口送礼物却食言的人,

就像没有雨水的风和云。

15坚忍说服君王,

柔舌折断骨头。

16找到蜂蜜要酌量而食,

免得吃多了呕吐。

17不要频频去邻舍家,

免得惹人烦、遭人厌。

18作伪证陷害邻舍的人,

无异于大锤、刀和利箭。

19危难时投靠奸诈之人,

形同倚靠坏牙和跛脚。

20对忧伤的人唱歌,

如同天寒脱衣、伤口撒盐。

21你的仇敌若饿了,

就给他吃的;

若渴了,就给他水喝;

22因为你这是把炭火堆在他头上,

耶和华必奖赏你。

23北风带来雨水,

谗言激起愤怒。

24宁愿住在屋顶的一角,

不跟争闹的妻子同屋。

25有好消息从远方传来,

如凉水滋润干渴的人。

26义人向恶人低头,

就像清泉被搅浑,

水井受污染。

27蜂蜜吃得太多有害无益,

追求自己的荣耀也不光彩。

28无法自制的人就像被攻破的无墙之城。