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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Proverbs 25:2


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    King James Bible - Proverbs 25:2

    It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour 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.

    Douay-Rheims - Proverbs 25:2

    It is the glory of God to conceal the word, and the glory of kings to search out the speech.

    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.

    Original Hebrew

    כבד
    3519 אלהים 430 הסתר 5641 דבר 1697 וכבד 3519 מלכים 4428 חקר 2713 דבר׃ 1697

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    De 29:29 Job 11:7,8; 38:4-41; 39:1-30; 40:2; 42:3 Ro 11:33,34

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 25:2

    ¶ Honra de Dios es encubrir la palabra; mas honra del rey es escudriñar la palabra.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Proverbs 25:2

    Verse 2. It is the
    glory of God to conceal a thing ] This has been understood as referring to the revelation of God's will in his word, where there are many things concealed in parables, allegories, metaphors, similitudes, &c. And it is becoming the majesty of God so to publish his will, that it must be seriously studied to be understood, in order that the truth may be more prized when it is discovered. And if it be God's glory thus partially to conceal his purposes, it is the glory of a king to search and examine this word, that he may understand how by Him kings reign and princes decree judgment. Prophecies are partially concealed; and we cannot fully know their meaning till their accomplishment; and then the glory of God's wisdom and providence will be more particularly evident, when we see the event correspond so particularly and exactly with the prediction. I know not, however, that there are not matters in the Book of God that will not be fully opened till mortality is swallowed up of life.

    For here we see through a glass darkly; but there, face to face: here we know in part; but there we shall know as we also are known.

    On this subject I cannot withhold an extract of a letter sent to myself, by a royal and learned personage.(1) (1) His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex.

    "As far as I have presumed to dive into and occupy myself with the sacred volumes, I feel satisfied of their Divine origin and truth. And I am satisfied, likewise, that they contain more matter than any one, and myself in particular, can ever aspire fully to understand. This belief, however, ought in nowise to slacken our diligence, or damp our ardour, in attempting a constant pursuit after the attainment of knowledge and truth; as we may flatter ourselves, although unable to reach the gate, we are still approaching nearer to its portals, which of itself is a great blessing." This sentiment will be approved by every pious and enlightened mind.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 2. [It is] the glory of God to conceal a thing , etc.] 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).

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 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 ligh hidden works of darkness.


    Original Hebrew

    כבד 3519 אלהים 430 הסתר 5641 דבר 1697 וכבד 3519 מלכים 4428 חקר 2713 דבר׃ 1697


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