Proverbs 25:16
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New International Version
If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.

New Living Translation
Do you like honey? Don't eat too much, or it will make you sick!

English Standard Version
If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.

New American Standard Bible
Have you found honey? Eat only what you need, That you not have it in excess and vomit it.

King James Bible
Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you find honey, eat only what you need; otherwise, you'll get sick from it and vomit.

International Standard Version
If you find some honey, eat only what you need. Take too much, and you'll vomit.

NET Bible
When you find honey, eat only what is sufficient for you, lest you become stuffed with it and vomit it up.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whenever you have found honey, eat enough for you, lest when you are full, you vomit it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you find honey, eat only as much as you need. Otherwise, you will have too much and vomit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

King James 2000 Bible
Have you found honey? eat only as much as is sufficient for you, lest you be filled with it, and vomit it.

American King James Version
Have you found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for you, lest you be filled therewith, and vomit it.

American Standard Version
Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, Lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou hast found honey, eat what is sufficient for thee, lest being glutted therewith thou vomit it up.

Darby Bible Translation
Hast thou found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be surfeited therewith, and vomit it.

English Revised Version
Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee; lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled with it, and vomit it.

World English Bible
Have you found honey? Eat as much as is sufficient for you, lest you eat too much, and vomit it.

Young's Literal Translation
Honey thou hast found -- eat thy sufficiency, Lest thou be satiated with it, and hast vomited it.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Hast thou found honey? Honey would be found in crevices of rocks, in hollow trees (1 Samuel 14:27), or in more unlikely situations (Judges 14:8), and was extensively used as an article of food. All travellers in Palestine note the great abundance of bees therein, and how well it answers to its description as "a land flowing with milk and honey." Eat so much as is sufficient for thee. The agreeable sweetness of honey might lead the finder to eat too much of it. Against such excess the moralist warns: Lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it. Thus wrote Pindar, 'Nem.,' 7:51 -

Ἀλλὰ γὰρ ἀνάπαυσις ἐν παντὶ γλυκεῖα ἔργῳκόρον δ ἔχει
Καὶ μέλι καὶ τὰ τέρπν ἄνθε Ἀφροδισια. Μηδὲν ἄγαν, Ne quid nimis, is a maxim continually urged by those who wished to teach moderation. Says Homer, 'Iliad,' 13:636 -

"Men are with all things sated - sleep, and love,
Sweet sounds of music, and the joyous dance."

(Lord Derby.) Says Horace, 'Sat.,' 1:1, 106 -

"Est modus in rebus, sunt certi denique fines,
Quos ultra citraque nequit consistere rectum?"
The honey is a figure of all that pleases the senses; but the maxim is to be extended beyond physical matters, though referring primarily to such pleasures. The mind may be overloaded as well as the body: only such instruction as can be digested and assimilated is serviceable to the spiritual nature; injudicious cramming produces satiety and disgust. Again, "To 'find honey,'" says St. Gregory ('Moral.,' 16:8), "is to taste the sweetness of holy intelligence, which is eaten enough of then when our perception, according to the measure of our faculty, is held tight under control. For he is 'filled with honey, and vomits it' who, in seeking to dive deeper than he has capacity for, loses that too from whence he might have derived nourishment." And in another place (ibid., 20:18), "The sweetness of spiritual meaning he who seeks to eat beyond what he contains, even what he had eaten he 'vomiteth;' because, whilst he seeks to make out things above, beyond his powers, even the things that he had made out aright, he forfeits" (Oxford transl.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hast thou found honey?.... Of which there was great plenty in Judea; and was to be found in fields and woods, 1 Samuel 14:25;

eat so much as is sufficient for thee; to satisfy appetite, without overcharging the stomach; what may be conducive to health, and no more;

lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it; that is, overfilled; filled to a loathing of it, so as to cause a casting of it up this is not merely to be understood in a literal sense; something more is intended, as in Proverbs 24:13; and according to the sense there, that which Maimonides (l) gives of this seems agreeable; that it respects the getting of wisdom and knowledge, which, like honey, is sweet and desirable, and excellent, and nourishing, moderately used: but then persons should take care to keep within due bounds, and not seek to be too wise; or to exercise themselves in things too high for them, and aim at that which is above their capacity; but should content themselves with what is within their reach and compass: and so Gersom understands it. Some think that moderation in the use of worldly things and lawful pleasures is here recommended: and others that the words refer to what follow; that when a man has got a pleasant and delightful friend, he should not visit him too often; lest, too much familiarity bringing contempt, he should lose his friend: so Jarchi connects the words,

(l) Moreh. Nevochim, par. 1. c. 32, p. 41.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16, 17. A comparison, as a surfeit of honey produces physical disgust, so your company, however agreeable in moderation, may, if excessive, lead your friend to hate you.

Proverbs 25:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
More Proverbs of Solomon
15By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone. 16Have you found honey? Eat only what you need, That you not have it in excess and vomit it. 17Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor's house, Or he will become weary of you and hate you.…
Cross References
Judges 14:8
Some time later, when he went back to marry her, he turned aside to look at the lion's carcass, and in it he saw a swarm of bees and some honey.

1 Samuel 14:25
The entire army entered the woods, and there was honey on the ground.

Proverbs 23:8
You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.

Proverbs 24:13
Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.

Proverbs 25:17
Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house-- too much of you, and they will hate you.

Ecclesiastes 7:16
Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself?
Treasury of Scripture

Have you found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for you, lest you be filled therewith, and vomit it.

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Proverbs 24:13,14 My son, eat you honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which …

Judges 14:8,9 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to …

1 Samuel 14:25-27 And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey on the ground…

Isaiah 7:15,22 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, …

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Proverbs 26:27 Whoever digs a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolls a stone, …

Proverbs 23:8 The morsel which you have eaten shall you vomit up, and lose your sweet words.

Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged …

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

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