25 These also are the proverbs of Solʹo·mon,+ which the men of Hez·e·kiʹah+ the king of Judah transcribed:*
2 It is the glory of God to keep a matter secret,+
And the glory of kings is to search through a matter.
3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,
So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
5 Remove the wicked one from the king’s presence,
And his throne will be firmly established in righteousness.+
6 Do not honor yourself before the king,+
And do not take a place among the prominent,+
7 For it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”
Than to humiliate you in the presence of a noble.+
9 Plead your case with your neighbor,+
But do not reveal what you were told confidentially,*+
10 So that the one listening will not put you to shame
And you spread a bad report* that cannot be recalled.
13 Just like the coldness of snow on the day of harvest
Is a faithful messenger to those who sent him,
17 Rarely set foot in your neighbor’s house,
So that he does not get tired of you and hate you.
18 Like a war club and a sword and a sharp arrow
Is a man bearing false witness against his neighbor.+
19 Like a broken tooth or an unsteady foot
Is confidence in an unreliable* person in times of trouble.
20 Like one who removes a garment on a cold day
And like vinegar poured on soda*
Is the one who sings songs to a gloomy heart.+
21 If your enemy* is hungry, give him bread to eat;
If he is thirsty, give him water to drink,+
22 For you will be heaping burning coals on his head,*+
And Jehovah will reward you.