Proverbs 25:2
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New International Version
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

New Living Translation
It is God's privilege to conceal things and the king's privilege to discover them.

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

New American Standard Bible
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.

International Standard Version
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.

NET Bible
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and it is the glory of a king to search out a matter.

New Heart English Bible
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It is the glory of God that hides the word, and the glory of the King that seeks for the word.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It is the glory of God to hide things but the glory of kings to investigate them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

New American Standard 1977
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
            But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is the glory of God to conceal the word, but the honour of kings is to search out the word.

King James 2000 Bible
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.

American King James Version
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor 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.

Darby Bible Translation
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a thing.

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.

World English Bible
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

Young's Literal Translation
The honour of God is to hide a thing, And the honour of kings to search out a matter.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
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. 3As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, So the heart of kings is unsearchable.…
Cross References
Romans 11:33
O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways!

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

Ezra 6:1
Then King Darius issued a decree, and search was made in the archives, where the treasures were stored in Babylon.

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

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

the glory

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God: but those things which …

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

Job 38:4 Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, …

Job 40:2 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves …

Job 42:3 Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge? therefore have I …

Romans 11:33,34 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

the honour

1 Kings 3:9-28 Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your …

1 Kings 4:29-34 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and …

Ezra 4:15,19 That search may be made in the book of the records of your fathers: …

Ezra 5:17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search made …

Ezra 6:1 Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house …

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

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