Proverbs 25:9

“Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himselfe; and discouer not a secret to another:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Argue your case with your neighbor, And do not reveal the secret of another,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Debate thy cause with thy neighbor `himself', And disclose not the secret of another;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Have a talk with your neighbour himself about your cause, but do not give away the secret of another:
- Basic English Bible

Debate thy cause with thy neighbour, but reveal not the secret of another;
- Darby Bible

Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself; and reveal not a secret to another:
- Webster's Bible

Debate your case with your neighbor, and don't betray the confidence of another;
- World English Bible

Thy cause plead with thy neighbour, And the secret counsel of another reveal not,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Debate thy cause with thy neighbour, but reveal not the secret of another;
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 25:9

25:9 Debate - If thou hast any quarrel with him, first try to compose it by private discourse with him. Discover not - Let not heat of contention provoke thee to divulge any of his secrets committed to thy trust.

Discussion for Proverbs 25

  • Mr. Smith
    The "unfaithful man" in vs 19 speaks of the "old self/man" that Paul refers to in Eph 4:22-24. He is the "sense ruled" man. A person that only trusts in and relies on that which he can experience with the five senses will be unproductive (like a broken tooth or foot out of joint) and will have no rule over his spirit (vs 28). When a man rules his spirit, all things are possible.
  • Irene123
    Pro. 25:5 - Oh, that it could be so!!!
  • BSP
    Verse 15 shows that a mild reply can soften one's demeanor. Speaking in a harsh way can cause one to harden themselves.
  • Timk
    Proverbs 25:2, along with Pa7ls admission to Timothy to study the scriptures is what drives me to find the truths of Gods word. I want to become a "king"
  • Cathy-Austin Otekhile
    Verse 5 "take away the dross from the silver " whatever that is in our lives making us an unworthy vessels need to be taking away. We need to put off the old nature and then our vessels can become finer and ready for the master's use. Remember a little yeast leavened the whole lump.
  • Jason
    Proverbs 29:19 seems to naturally fit with verse 13 of same chapter. A faithful messenger is refreshing to his master, whereas the master, Jesus can not put confidence in an unfaithful man. That man is like a broken tooth, serves no purpose, or a foot out of joint. Imagine us as the body of Christ here on earth, with a mission to spread a message, the gospel in fact. A faithful messenger of the gospel will refresh our Lord, but an unfaithful man, who fails to properly function as a member of the body, proves useless, and weakens the body. How far can we get with a foot out of joint? We must work together, to please the King, not the pastors or the church folk, but be a messenger that proves faithful and refreshes the Lord with our obedience to the call, to go out into all the world, preach the gospel, and make disciples of all men....

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