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Proverbs 25:16

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— Have you found honey? Eat [only] what you need, That you not have it in excess and vomit it.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee; lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, Lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled with it, and vomit it.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Hast thou found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be surfeited therewith, and vomit it.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Honey having found, eat to suffice thee, lest thou loathe it, and vomit it forth.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Honey thou hast found—eat thy sufficiency, Lest thou be satiated [with] it, and hast vomited it.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Thou hast found honey, eat what is sufficient for thee, lest being glutted therewith thou vomit it up.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— If thou haue found hony, eate that is sufficient for thee, least thou be ouerfull, ? vomit it.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Hast thou found hony? eate so much as is sufficient for thee: lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— When you find honey, eat as much as is sufficient for you, lest you be filled with it and vomit it.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Having found honey, eat [only] what is enough, lest haply thou be filled, and vomit it up.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Hast thou found 4672
{4672} Prime
A primitive root; properly to come forth to, that is, appear or exist; transitively to attain, that is, find or acquire; figuratively to occur, meet or be present.
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
honey? 1706
{1706} Prime
From an unused root meaning to be gummy; honey (from its stickiness); by analogy syrup.
eat 398
{0398} Prime
A primitive root; to eat (literally or figuratively).
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
so much as is sufficient 1767
{1767} Prime
Of uncertain derivation; enough (as noun or adverb), used chiefly with preposition in phrases.
for thee, lest x6435
(6435) Complement
From H6437; properly removal; used only (in the constructive) adverbially as conjugation lest.
thou be filled 7646
{7646} Prime
A primitive root; to sate, that is, fill to satisfaction (literally or figuratively).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
therewith, and vomit 6958
{6958} Prime
A primitive root; to vomit.
<8689> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2675
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 25:16-17

_ _ A comparison, as a surfeit of honey produces physical disgust, so your company, however agreeable in moderation, may, if excessive, lead your friend to hate you.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 25:16

_ _ Here, 1. We are allowed a sober and moderate use of the delights of sense: Hast thou found honey? It is not forbidden fruit to thee, as it was to Jonathan; thou mayest eat of it with thanksgiving to God, who, having created things grateful to our senses, has given us leave to make use of them. Eat as much as is sufficient, and no more. Enough is as good as a feast. 2. We are cautioned to take heed of excess. We must use all pleasures as we do honey, with a check upon our appetite, lest we take more than does us good and make ourselves sick with it. We are most in danger of surfeiting upon that which is most sweet, and therefore those that fare sumptuously every day have need to watch over themselves, lest their hearts be at any time overcharged. The pleasures of sense lose their sweetness by the excessive use of them and become nauseous, as honey, which turns sour in the stomach; it is therefore our interest, as well as our duty, to use them with sobriety.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 25:16

Honey — By honey he understands, not only all delicious meats, but all worldly delights, which we are here taught to use with moderation.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 25:16

Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is (n) sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled with it, and vomit it.

(n) Use moderately the pleasures of this world.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 24:13-14 My son, eat thou honey, because [it is] good; and the honeycomb, [which is] sweet to thy taste: ... So [shall] the knowledge of wisdom [be] unto thy soul: when thou hast found [it], then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
Judges 14:8-9 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, [there was] a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. ... And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.
1 Samuel 14:25-27 And all [they of] the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground. ... But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that [was] in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.
Isaiah 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
Isaiah 7:22 And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk [that] they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.


Proverbs 25:27 [It is] not good to eat much honey: so [for men] to search their own glory [is not] glory.
Proverbs 23:8 The morsel [which] thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and [so] that day come upon you unawares.
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
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Jg 14:8. 1S 14:25. Pv 23:8; 24:13; 25:27. Is 7:15, 22. Lk 21:34. Ep 5:18.

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