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

New Living Translation
No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth, or all that goes on in the king's mind!

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

New American Standard Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As the heaven is high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings cannot be investigated.

International Standard Version
Just as the heavens are high and earth is deep, so the heart of a king is unfathomable.

NET Bible
As the heaven is high and the earth is deep so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Heavens are high and the Earth deep, and the heart of the King is unsearchable.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Like] the high heavens and the deep earth, so the mind of kings is unsearchable.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the height of the heavens and depth of the earth and for the heart of kings, there is no investigation.

King James 2000 Bible
The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

American King James Version
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.

Darby Bible Translation
The heavens for height, and the earth for depth, 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.

World English Bible
As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

Young's Literal Translation
The heavens for height, and the earth for depth, And the heart of kings -- are unsearchable.
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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

Verse 3. - This proverb is connected with the preceding by the idea of "searching" (chakar) common to both. Such emblematic proverbs are common in this second collection (see Ver. 11). Three subjects are stated, of which is predicated the term unsearchable, viz. The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings. As you can never rise to the illimitable height of the heavens, as you can never penetrate to the immeasurable depth of the earth, so you can never fathom the heart of a king, can never find out what he really thinks and intends (comp. Job 11:8). It may be that tacitly a warning is intended against flattering one's sell that one knows and can reckon on the favour of a king; his good disposition towards you may be only seeming, or may any moment become changed. The Septuagint has for "unsearchable" (חֵקֶר אֵין) ἀνεξέλεγκτος, "unquestionable." The commentators refer to a passage in Tacitus ('Ann.' 6:8), where M. Terentius defends himself for being a friend of Sejanus by the fact of the impossibility of investigating a great man's real sentiments. "To us," he says to Tiberius, "it appertains not to judge whom you exalt above all others and for what reason you do so. Facts which are obvious we all notice. We see who is the man upon whom you heap wealth and honours, who it is that has the chief power of dispensing rewards and punishments; that these were possessed by Sejanus no one can deny. But to pry into the hidden thoughts of a prince, and the designs which he meditates in secret, is unlawful and hazardous; nor would the attempt succeed."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The heaven for height, and the earth for depth,.... These are eminent for what are ascribed to them; nothing is higher than the heavens, nor anything deeper than the earth; the height of the heavens cannot be reached, and the centre of the earth cannot easily be got unto; the heavens above cannot be measured, and the foundation of the earth cannot be searched beneath; at least not by common persons, whatever may be done in their way by astronomers and geometricians. And thus, as the heavens and the earth are immeasurable, Jeremiah 31:37; so

the heart of kings is unsearchable; especially such an one as Solomon was, who had largeness of heart as the sand on the seashore: and this must be understood of such who have the art of governing; for some are so weak in their conduct, and so much expose themselves, that it is easy to see what is in their hearts, and what are the springs of their actions. Wise princes lay their schemes deep, and conceal their designs, and keep their reasons of state secret, so that it is not an easy thing to penetrate into their councils and views: for this does not so much respect the multitude of business they have upon their hearts and hands, as Jarchi and others understand it, as the privacy and secrecy in which they are managed, and the reasons of which are kept from common persons, Who therefore are not proper judges of them; and who yet will often take upon them to censure and condemn, when they are ignorant of the true cause of such conduct.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. Ye wisely keeping state secrets, which to common men are as inaccessible heights and depths.

Proverbs 25:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
More Proverbs of Solomon
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. 4Take away the dross from the silver, And there comes out a vessel for the smith;…
Cross References
Proverbs 25:2
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

Proverbs 25:4
Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
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The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

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Psalm 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy …

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

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher …

Romans 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate …

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1 Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and …

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

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