Proverbs 25:6
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New International Version
Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among his great men;

New Living Translation
Don't demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great.

English Standard Version
Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great,

New American Standard Bible
Do not claim honor in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of great men;

King James Bible
Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't brag about yourself before the king, and don't stand in the place of the great;

International Standard Version
Don't magnify yourself in the presence of a king, and don't pretend to be in the company of famous men,

NET Bible
Do not honor yourself before the king, and do not stand in the place of great men;

New Heart English Bible
Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, or claim a place among great men;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not boast before the king, and do not stand in the place of great men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not brag about yourself in front of a king or stand in the spot that belongs to notable people,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Glorify not thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men;

New American Standard 1977
Do not claim honor in the presence of the king,
            And do not stand in the place of great men;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not praise thyself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of great men;

King James 2000 Bible
Put not forth yourself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:

American King James Version
Put not forth yourself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:

American Standard Version
Put not thyself forward in the presence of the king, And stand not in the place of great men:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Appear not glorious before the king, and stand not in the place of great men.

Darby Bible Translation
Put not thyself forward in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of the great;

English Revised Version
Put not thyself forward in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:

Webster's Bible Translation
Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:

World English Bible
Don't exalt yourself in the presence of the king, or claim a place among great men;

Young's Literal Translation
Honour not thyself before a king, And in the place of the great stand not.
Study Bible
More Proverbs of Solomon
5Take away the wicked before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness. 6Do not claim honor in the presence of the king, And do not stand in the place of great men; 7For it is better that it be said to you, "Come up here," Than for you to be placed lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.…
Cross References
Luke 14:8
"When you are invited to a wedding banquet, do not sit in the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited.

Luke 14:10
But when you are invited, go and sit in the last place, so that your host will come and tell you, 'Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in front of everyone at the table with you.

Proverbs 25:5
Take away the wicked before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness.

Proverbs 25:7
For it is better that it be said to you, "Come up here," Than for you to be placed lower in the presence of the prince, Whom your eyes have seen.
Treasury of Scripture

Put not forth yourself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:

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Verses 6, 7. - Another proverb (a pentastich) connected with kings and great men. Verse 6. - Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king. Do not make display of yourself as though vying with the king in outward circumstances. Septuagint, "Boast not thyself (μὴ ἀλαζονεύον) in the presence of a king." Stand not in the place of great men. Do not pretend to be the equal of those who occupy high places in the kingdom (Proverbs 18:16). Septuagint, "And take not your stand (ὑφίστασο) in the places of chieftains." Says a Latin gnome, "Qui cum fortuna convenit, dives est;" and Ovid wrote well ('Trist.,' 3:4. 25, etc.) -

"Crede mihi; bene qui latuit, bene vixit; et intra
Fortunam debet quisque manere suam...
Tu quoque formida nimium sublimia semper;
Propositique memor contrahe vela tui."
Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king,.... Intrude not thyself into his presence; or rush not into it in a rude and irreverent way; or be not ambitious to be a courtier: or "do not appear glorious", as the Vulgate Latin version renders it; or "honour thyself" (a) as the word signifies; do not appear too gay at court, or make too splendid an appearance, above thy fortune and station; and which may seem to vie with and outdo the king himself, which will not be well taken; princes love not to be equalled, and much less excelled;

and stand not in the place of great men; where the king's family or his nobles should stand, his ministers and counsellors of state, and those that wait upon him.

(a) "ne tibi assumas honorem", Cocceius; "ne honores teipsum", Michaelis; "ne magnificum te facias", Schultens; "ne magnifices te", Pagninus, Mercerus, Gejerus. 6, 7. Do not intrude into the presence of the king, for the elevation of the humble is honorable, but the humbling of the proud disgraceful (Lu 14:8-10).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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