Proverbs 25:2
Good News Translation
We honor God for what he conceals; we honor kings for what they explain.

Contemporary English Version
God is praised for being mysterious; rulers are praised for explaining mysteries.

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

New American Bible
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the glory of kings to fathom a matter.

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

the glory

Deuteronomy 29:29 Secret things to the Lord our God: things that are manifest, to us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Job 11:7,8 Peradventure thou wilt comprehend the steps of God, and wilt find out the Almighty perfectly? . . .

Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? tell me if thou hast understanding.

Job 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with God be so easily silenced? surely he that reproveth God, ought to answer him.

Job 42:3 Who is this that hideth counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have spoken unwisely, and things that above measure exceeded my knowledge.

Romans 11:33,34 O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways! . . .

the honour

1 Kings 3:9-28 Give therefore to thy servant an understanding heart, to judge thy people, and discern between good and evil. For who shall be able to judge this people, thy people, which is so numerous? . . .

1 Kings 4:29-34 And God gave to Solomon wisdom, and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, as the sand that is on the sea shore. . . .

Ezra 4:15,19 That search may be made in the books of the histories of thy fathers, and thou shalt find written in the records: and shalt know that this city is a rebellious city, and hurtful to the kings and provinces, and that wars were raised therein of old time: for which cause also the city was destroyed. . . .

Ezra 5:17 Now therefore if it seem good to the king, let him search in the king's library, which is in Babylon, whether it hath been decreed by Cyrus the king, that the house of God in Jerusalem should be built, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter.

Ezra 6:1 Then king Darius gave orders, and they searched in the library of the books that were laid up in Babylon,

Job 29:16 I was the father of the poor: and the cause which I knew not, I searched out most diligently.

Context
More Proverbs of Solomon
1These are also parables of Solomon, which the men of Ezechias, king of Juda, copied out. 2It is the glory of God to conceal the word, and the glory of kings to search out the speech.3The heaven above and the earth beneath, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.…
Cross References
Romans 11:33
O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are his judgments, and how unsearchable his ways!

Deuteronomy 29:29
Secret things to the Lord our God: things that are manifest, to us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Ezra 6:1
Then king Darius gave orders, and they searched in the library of the books that were laid up in Babylon,

Proverbs 25:3
The heaven above and the earth beneath, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

Additional Translations
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search it out.It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

The glory of God conceals a matter: but the glory of a king honours business.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a thing.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

The honour of God is to hide a thing, And the honour of kings to search out a matter.
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