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.

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.

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.
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

Verses 2-7. - Proverbs concerning kings. Verse 2. - It is the glory of God to conceal a thing. That which is the chief glory of God is his mysteriousness, the unfathomable character of his nature and attributes and doings. The more we search into these matters, the more complete we find our ignorance to be; finite faculties are utterly unable to comprehend the infinite; they can embrace merely what God chooses to reveal. "Secret things belong unto the Lord our God" (Deuteronomy 29:29), and the great prophet, favoured with Divine revelations, can only confess, "Verily, thou art a God that hidest thyself" Isaiah 45:15; comp Ecclesiastes 8:17; Romans 11:33, etc.). But the honour of kings is to search out a matter. The same word is used for "glory" and "honour" in both clauses, and ought to have been rendered similarly. It is the king's glory to execute justice and to defend the rights and safety of his people. To do this effectually he must investigate matters brought before him, look keenly into political difficulties, get to the bottom of all complications, and watch against possible dangers. The contrast between the glory of God and that of the king lies in this - that whereas both God and the king desire man's welfare, the former promotes this by making him feel his ignorance and littleness and entire dependence upon this mysterious Being whose nature and designs mortals cannot understand; the latter advances the good of his subjects by giving them confidence in his zeal and power to discover truth, and using his knowledge for their benefit. Septuagint, "The glory of God concealeth a word (λόγον): but the glory of a king honoureth matters (πράγματα)."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing,.... Secret things belong unto him, and they are kept so by him: many things which he does reveal, yet the "modus" or manner of them remains hidden; as what relates to his own being, and manner of subsisting; the trinity of Persons in the Godhead; the filiation or the Son, and the procession of the Spirit; the incarnation of Christ, and the like: the predestination of men to life and death, though that there is such a thing is certain, yet who they are is not known; the purposes and decrees of God, all that he determines to do, or shall be done, are known unto him from eternity; but then the times and seasons in which they will be accomplished are kept in his own power; the day and hour of the last judgment none knows but himself: his judgments, and ways in providence, are unsearchable and past finding out; there are many things in it unaccountable to men; nor does he give an account of them to the sons of men; these are at present secrets in his own breast, his judgments will be made manifest. Now it is his glory to conceal them; they are all known to him, and the reasons of them; he is the omniscient all wise God, and stands in no need of the advice of creatures; nor are they taken into his privy council. Some apply this to his pardoning sin, which is sometimes expressed by "covering" it; and in which the glory of his grace and mercy is greatly displayed. Jarchi interprets it of the history of the work of creation, and Ezekiel's vision of the wheels, the understanding of which is very difficult; and which the Jews forbid the reading of, as also Solomon's Song, until men are come to ripeness of years;

but the honour of kings is to search out a matter; to investigate everything relating to civil government, and that may be of use to them in the exercise of it; particularly to search into the word of God, and observe the laws in it, and rule according to them; or make such laws as are agreeably to it, and execute them: and to inquire diligently into all causes that are brought before them, that they may find out the truth of things, and pass judgment accordingly; and be able to give reasons for what they do in the public affairs of government, and make it appear that they are according to the rules of truth and justice; and to do so will gain them immortal honour! see Job 29:16.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. God's unsearchableness impresses us with awe (compare Isa 45:15; Ro 11:33). But kings, being finite, should confer with wise counsellors;

Proverbs 25:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
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
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

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

Ezra 6:1
King Darius then issued an order, and they searched in the archives stored in the treasury at Babylon.

Proverbs 25:3
As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
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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! …

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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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