Proverbs 25:1
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These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:

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These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah.

English Standard Version
These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.

New American Standard Bible
These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.

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These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
These too are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, copied.

International Standard Version
Here are some more proverbs by Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.

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These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of King Hezekiah of Judah copied:

New Heart English Bible
These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
These also are the deep proverbs of Solomon which the friends of Hezekiah king of Judah wrote:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These also are Solomon's proverbs that were copied by the men of King Hezekiah of Judah.

JPS Tanakh 1917
These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

New American Standard 1977
These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

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These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.

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These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

American Standard Version
These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

Douay-Rheims Bible
These are also parables of Solomon, which the men of Ezechias king of Juda copied out.

Darby Bible Translation
These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah transcribed.

English Revised Version
These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

Webster's Bible Translation
These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

World English Bible
These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

Young's Literal Translation
Also these are Proverbs of Solomon, that men of Hezekiah king of Judah transcribed: --
Study Bible
More Proverbs of Solomon
1These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed. 2It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.…
Cross References
1 Kings 4:32
He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.

Proverbs 1:1
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:

Proverbs 24:34
Then your poverty will come as a robber And your want like an armed man.
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These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

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Isaiah 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah …

Isaiah 36:22 Then came Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, that was over the household, …

Isaiah 37:2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, …

Hosea 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the …

Micah 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days …

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7.THE THIRD GREAT DIVISION OF THE BOOK; ANOTHER COLLECTION OF SOLOMONIC PROVERBS, CHIEFLY PARABOLIC IN CHARACTER (Proverbs 25-29).

(1) These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah copied out.--To this time they had existed, it may be, partly by oral tradition, partly in writing, but now Hezekiah, in his anxiety to preserve these sacred memorials of the past, had them copied out and formed into one collection. To his care we probably also owe the compilation of Books II. (Psalms 42-72) and III. (73-89) of the Psalter, in the former of which are included several psalms of David's which had not found a place in Book I., though this last-named book consists almost, if not entirely, of psalms ascribed to him. In the same manner the present book (Proverbs 25-29) contains proverbs of Solomon which apparently were not known to the compiler of the previous collection.

Verse 1-ch. 29. - Part VI. SECOND GREAT COLLECTION OF SOLOMONIC PROVERBS, gathered by "the men of Hezekiah," in which wisdom is set forth as the greatest blessing to the king and his subjects. Verse 1. - The superscription: These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah King of Judah copied out. The word "also" implies that a previous collection was known to the compiler of the present book - probably the one which we have in Proverbs 10-22:16, of which nine proverbs are inserted here. But there was still a large number of proverbial sayings attributed to Solomon, and preserved partly by oral tradition and partly in writing, which it was advisable to collect and secure before they were lost. The zeal of Hezekiah took this in hand. He was not, as far as we know, an author himself, but he evidently felt a warm interest in literature, and "the men of Hezekiah," not mentioned elsewhere, must have been his counsellors and scholars, to whom was entrusted the duty of gathering together into a volume the scattered sayings of the wise king. Among those contemporaries, doubtless, Isaiah was eminent, and it is not improbable that Shebna the scribe and Josh the chronicler were members of the learned fraternity (2 Kings 18:18). The verb rightly translated "copied out" (athak) means, properly, "to remove," "to transfer" from one place to another (transtulerunt, Vulgate); hence it signifies here to copy into a book words taken from other writings or people's mouths. The sayings thus collected, whether truly Solomon's or not, were extant under his name, and were regarded as worthy of his reputation for wisdom. The title is given in the Septuagint, thus: Αῦται αἱ παιδεῖαι Σαλωμῶντος αἱ ἀδιάκριτοι α}ς ἐξεγραψαντο οἱ φίλοι Ἐζεκίου τοῦ βασιλέως τῆς Ἰουδαίας. What is meant by ἀδιάκριτοι is uncertain. It has been translated "impossible to distinguish," equivalent to "miscellaneous;" "beyond doubt," equivalent to "genuine," "hard to interpret," as in Polyb., 15:12, 9. St. James (James 3:17) applies the term to wisdom, but the interpreters there are not agreed as to the meaning, it being rendered "without partiality," "without variance," "without doubtfulness," etc. It seems best to take the word as used by the LXX. to signify "mixed," or "miscellaneous." These are are also proverbs of Solomon,.... These that follow to the end of the book, as well as those which go before. Here begins a "third", some say a "fourth" part of this book. The Targum and Syriac version read,

"these are also the deep proverbs of Solomon;''

and the Arabic version adds,

"the exposition of which is difficult;''

which the men Hezekiah king of Judah copied out; out of the writings of Solomon; out of his three thousand proverbs, it, nay be; or out of the public records, which contained an account of his words and deeds. Who these men were is not certain; perhaps his ministers of state, Eliakim, Sheban, and Joah; or the prophets of his time, Isaiah, Micah, and Hosea: the Targum and Syriac version call them his "friends". Whoever they were, no doubt they were employed by Hezekiah; and which is recorded to his honour, that he was so careful to preserve such useful sayings, and annex them to those that were already collected and put together as above. This verse, it is likely, was written by one of the copiers. The proverbs begin in Proverbs 25:2. CHAPTER 25

Pr 25:1-28.

1. The character of these proverbs sustains the title (see [646]Introduction).

also—refers to the former part of the book.

copied out—literally, "transferred," that is, from some other book to this; not given from memory.25:1-3 God needs not search into any thing; nothing can be hid from him. But it is the honour of rulers to search out matters, to bring to light hidden works of darkness. 4,5. For a prince to suppress vice, and reform his people, is the best way to support his government. 6,7. Religion teaches us humility and self-denial. He who has seen the glory of the Lord in Christ Jesus, will feel his own unworthiness. 8-10. To be hasty in beginning strife, will bring into difficulties. War must at length end, and might better be prevented. It is so in private quarrels; do all thou canst to settle the matter. 11,12. A word of counsel, or reproof, rightly spoken, is especially beautiful, as fine fruit becomes still more beautiful in silver baskets. 13. See what ought to be the aim of him that is trusted with any business; to be faithful. A faithful minister, Christ's messenger, should be thus acceptable to us. 14. He who pretends to have received or given that which he never had, is like the morning cloud, that disappoints those who look for rain. 15. Be patient to bear a present hurt. Be mild to speak without passion; for persuasive language is the most effectual to prevail over the hardened mind. 16. God has given us leave to use grateful things, but we are cautioned against excess.
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