Proverbs 25:2
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English Standard Version
It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.

King James Bible
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

American Standard Version
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is the glory of God to conceal the word, and the glory of kings to search out the speech.

English Revised Version
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.

Proverbs 25:2 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

A Mashal ode of the slothful, in the form of a record of experiences, concludes this second supplement (vid., vol. i. p. 17):

30 The field of a slothful man I came past,

     And the vineyard of a man devoid of understanding.

31 And, lo! it was wholly filled up with thorns;

     Its face was covered with nettles;

     And its wall of stones was broken down.

32 But I looked and directed my attention to it;

     I saw it, and took instruction from it:

33 "A little sleep, a little slumber,

     A little folding of the hands to rest.

34 Then cometh thy poverty apace,

     And thy want as an armed man."

The line 29b with לאישׁ is followed by one with אישׁ. The form of the narrative in which this warning against drowsy slothfulness is clothed, is like Psalm 37:35. The distinguishing of different classes of men by אישׁ and אדם (cf. Proverbs 24:20) is common in proverbial poetry. עברתּי, at the close of the first parallel member, retains its Pathach unchanged. The description: and, lo! (הנּהו, with Pazer, after Thorath Emeth, p. 34, Anm. 2) it was... refers to the vineyard, for נדר אבניו (its stone wall, like Isaiah 2:20, "its idols of silver") is, like Numbers 22:24; Isaiah 5:5, the fencing in of the vineyard. עלה כלּו, totus excreverat (in carduos), refers to this as subject, cf. in Ausonius: apex vitibus assurgit; the Heb. construction is as Isaiah 5:6; Isaiah 34:13; Gesen. 133, 1, Anm. 2. The sing. קמּשׁון of קמּשׁונים does not occur; perhaps it means properly the weed which one tears up to cast it aside, for (Arab.) kumâsh is matter dug out of the ground.

(Note: This is particularly the name of what lies round about on the ground in the Bedouin tents, and which one takes up from thence (from ḳamesh, cogn. קבץ קמץ, ramasser, cf. the journal המגיד, 1871, p. 287b); in modern Arab., linen and matter of all kinds; vid., Bocthor, under linge and toffe.)

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the glory

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever...

Job 11:7,8 Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty to perfection...

Job 38:4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if you have understanding.

Job 40:2 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves God, let him answer it.

Job 42:3 Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me...

Romans 11:33,34 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!...

the honour

1 Kings 3:9-28 Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad...

1 Kings 4:29-34 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore...

Ezra 4:15,19 That search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers: so shall you find in the book of the records...

Ezra 5:17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon...

Ezra 6:1 Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.

Job 29:16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

Cross References
Romans 11:33
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

Deuteronomy 29:29
"The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Ezra 6:1
Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in Babylonia, in the house of the archives where the documents were stored.

Proverbs 25:3
As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.

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