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Proverbs 25:27 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— It is not good to eat much honey: So [for men] to search out their own glory is grievous.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [It is] not good to eat much honey: so [for men] to search their own glory [is not] glory.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— It is not good to eat much honey, Nor is it glory to search out one’s own glory.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [It is] not good to eat much honey: so [for men] to search their own glory [is not] glory.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— It is not good to eat much honey; and to search into weighty matters is [itself] a weight.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— To eat honey in abundance, is not good, nor is, searching out their own honour, an honourable thing.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The eating of much honey is not good, Nor a searching out of one's own honour—honour.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— 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.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— It [is] not good to eat much hony: so [for men] to search their owne glory, [is not] glory.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— [It is] not good to eat much honey; but it is right to honour venerable sayings.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [It is] not good to eat much honey: so [for men] to search their own glory [is not] glory.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[It is] not x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
good 2896
{2896} Prime
טוֹב
towb
{tobe}
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
to eat 398
{0398} Prime
אָכַל
'akal
{aw-kal'}
A primitive root; to eat (literally or figuratively).
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
much 7235
{7235} Prime
רָבָה
rabah
{raw-baw'}
A primitive root; to increase (in whatever respect).
z8687
<8687> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 1162
honey: 1706
{1706} Prime
דְּבַשׁ
d@bash
{deb-ash'}
From an unused root meaning to be gummy; honey (from its stickiness); by analogy syrup.
so [for men] to search 2714
{2714} Prime
חֵקֶר
cheqer
{khay'-ker}
From H2713; examination, enumeration, deliberation.
their own glory 3519
{3519} Prime
כָּבוֹד
kabowd
{kaw-bode'}
From H3513; properly weight; but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness.
[is not] glory. 3519
{3519} Prime
כָּבוֹד
kabowd
{kaw-bode'}
From H3513; properly weight; but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 25:27

_ _ Satiety surfeits (Proverbs 25:16); so men who are self-glorious find shame.

_ _ is not glory — “not” is supplied from the first clause, or “is grievous,” in which sense a similar word is used (Proverbs 27:2).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 25:27

_ _ I. Two things we must be graciously dead to: — 1. To the pleasures of sense, for it is not good to eat much honey; though it pleases the taste, and, if eaten with moderation, is very wholesome, yet, if eaten to excess, it becomes nauseous, creates bile, and is the occasion of many diseases. It is true of all the delights of the children of men that they will surfeit, but never satisfy, and they are dangerous to those that allow themselves the liberal use of them. 2. To the praise of man. We must not be greedy of that any more than of pleasure, because, for men to search their own glory, to court applause and covet to make themselves popular, is not their glory, but their shame; every one will laugh at them for it; and the glory which is so courted is not glory when it is got, for it is really no true honour to a man.

_ _ II. Some give another sense of this verse: To eat much honey is not good, but to search into glorious and excellent things is a great commendation, it is true glory; we cannot therein offend by excess. Others thus: “As honey, though pleasant to the taste, if used immoderately, oppresses the stomach, so an over-curious search into things sublime and glorious, though pleasant to us, if we pry too far, will overwhelm our capacities with a greater glory and lustre than they can bear.” Or thus: “You may be surfeited with eating too much honey, but the last of glory, of their glory, the glory of the blessed, is glory; it will be ever fresh, and never pall the appetite.”

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 25:27

Not good — For health. To search — Industriously to seek for applause. Is not — Is not only sinful, but shameful also.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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not good:

Proverbs 25:16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

so:

Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
John 5:44 How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that [cometh] from God only?
2 Corinthians 12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
Philippians 2:3 [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
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Pv 25:16; 27:2. Jn 5:44. 2Co 12:1, 11. Php 2:3.

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