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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Proverbs 25:27


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    King James Bible - Proverbs 25:27

    It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

    World English Bible

    It is not good to eat much
    honey; nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor.

    Douay-Rheims - Proverbs 25:27

    As it is not good for a man to eat much
    honey, so he that is a searcher of majesty, shall be overwhelmed by glory.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    It is not good to eat much
    honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

    Original Hebrew

    אכל
    398 דבשׁ 1706 הרבות 7235 לא 3808 טוב 2896 וחקר 2714 כבדם 3519 כבוד׃ 3519

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    VERSE (27) -
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    SEV Biblia, Chapter 25:27

    ¶ Comer mucha miel no es bueno; ni inquirir de su propia gloria es gloria.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Proverbs 25:27

    Verse 27. It is not good to eat much
    honey ] Coverdale translates the whole passage thus: "Like as it is not good to eat to muche hony; even so, he that wyll search out hye thinges, it shal be to hevy for him."As he that etith myche honye, and it is not to him goode; so, that is a sercher of mageste, schal ben oppressid of glorie" - Old MS. Bible. He that searches too much into mysteries, is likely to be confounded by them. I really think this is the meaning of the place; and shall not puzzle either myself or my reader with the discordant explanations which have been brought forward with the hope of illustrating this passage.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 27. [It is] not good to eat much
    honey , etc.] That is too much otherwise it is good to eat, ( Proverbs 24:13); but too much is hurtful, it surfeits the stomach increases choler and creates loathing; and indeed, too much of anything is bad f704 ; so [for men] to search their own glory [is not] glory : to set forth their own excellencies, to sound forth their own praises to seek honour of men, to use all methods to gain popular applause; this is not glorious and praiseworthy, but dishonourable; or it may be rendered as it literally lies in the original, “but to search out”, or “the searching out of their glory [is] glory” f705 ; either the glory of righteous men, as Aben Ezra interprets it, such as stand and do not fall before the wicked; to search out their excellencies and virtues, and follow their example, is glorious and honourable: or to search the glory of the knowledge of divine things, comparable to honey, is commendable and glorious; for though a man may eat too much honey, yet he cannot have too much knowledge of divine and spiritual things, or be satiated and overfilled with them; to which the Septuagint version agrees, “but we ought to honour glorious words”: the glorious truths of the word of God ought to be had in great esteem, and to search out the glory of them is honourable; our Lord directs to a search of the Scriptures, because they testify of him, ( John 5:39); and we can never know too much of him, or of the precious doctrines of the Gospel; unless this is to be understood of such things as should not be curiously inquired into; men should not be wise above what is written nor search into those things which God has concealed; as his own nature and perfections, the mode of subsisting of the three Persons in the Godhead, his secret purposes and decrees, and unsearchable judgments. To which sense agrees the Vulgate Latin version, “so he who is the searcher of majesty shall be oppressed by glory;” he shall be bore down by it, and not able to bear the glory of it: and the Targum is, “to eat much honey is not good, nor to search glorious words.”

    Jarchi takes the words in this sense; and illustrates them by the work of creation, Ezekiel’s vision of the wheels, the decrees of God, and the reasons of them.


    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 27 - We must be, through grace, dead to the pleasures of sense, and also to the praises of men.


    Original Hebrew

    אכל 398 דבשׁ 1706 הרבות 7235 לא 3808 טוב 2896 וחקר 2714 כבדם 3519 כבוד׃ 3519


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