Proverbs 25:3
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English Standard Version
As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.

King James Bible
The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

American Standard Version
As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, So the heart of kings is unsearchable.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The heaven above, and the earth beneath, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

English Revised Version
The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

Webster's Bible Translation
The heaven for hight, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

Proverbs 25:3 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

A Mashal ode of the slothful, in the form of a record of experiences, concludes this second supplement (vid., vol. i. p. 17):

30 The field of a slothful man I came past,

     And the vineyard of a man devoid of understanding.

31 And, lo! it was wholly filled up with thorns;

     Its face was covered with nettles;

     And its wall of stones was broken down.

32 But I looked and directed my attention to it;

     I saw it, and took instruction from it:

33 "A little sleep, a little slumber,

     A little folding of the hands to rest.

34 Then cometh thy poverty apace,

     And thy want as an armed man."

The line 29b with לאישׁ is followed by one with אישׁ. The form of the narrative in which this warning against drowsy slothfulness is clothed, is like Psalm 37:35. The distinguishing of different classes of men by אישׁ and אדם (cf. Proverbs 24:20) is common in proverbial poetry. עברתּי, at the close of the first parallel member, retains its Pathach unchanged. The description: and, lo! (הנּהו, with Pazer, after Thorath Emeth, p. 34, Anm. 2) it was... refers to the vineyard, for נדר אבניו (its stone wall, like Isaiah 2:20, "its idols of silver") is, like Numbers 22:24; Isaiah 5:5, the fencing in of the vineyard. עלה כלּו, totus excreverat (in carduos), refers to this as subject, cf. in Ausonius: apex vitibus assurgit; the Heb. construction is as Isaiah 5:6; Isaiah 34:13; Gesen. 133, 1, Anm. 2. The sing. קמּשׁון of קמּשׁונים does not occur; perhaps it means properly the weed which one tears up to cast it aside, for (Arab.) kumâsh is matter dug out of the ground.

(Note: This is particularly the name of what lies round about on the ground in the Bedouin tents, and which one takes up from thence (from ḳamesh, cogn. קבץ קמץ, ramasser, cf. the journal המגיד, 1871, p. 287b); in modern Arab., linen and matter of all kinds; vid., Bocthor, under linge and toffe.)

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heaven

Psalm 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

Isaiah 7:11 Ask you a sign of the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Romans 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

is unsearchable

1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire...

Cross References
Proverbs 25:2
It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.

Proverbs 25:4
Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel;

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