It is not good to take much honey: so he who is not looking for honour will be honoured.
It's not smart to stuff yourself with sweets, nor is glory piled on glory good for you.
[It is] not good to eat much honey; So to seek one's own glory [is not] glory.
[It is] not good to eat much honey: so [for men] to search their own glory [is not] glory.
Eating too much honey is not good, and searching for honor is not honorable.
It is not good* to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable for people to seek their own glory.*
25:27 It is not good2153
sn This is a figure of speech known as tapeinosis – a deliberate understatement to emphasize a worst-case scenario: “it is bad!”
to eat too much honey,
nor is it honorable for people to seek their own glory.2154
tnHeb “and the investigation of their glory is not glory.” This line is difficult to understand but it forms an analogy to honey – glory, like honey, is good, but not to excess. The LXX rendered this, “it is proper to honor notable sayings.” A. A. MacIntosh suggests, “He who searches for glory will be distressed” (“A Note on Prov 25:27,” VT 20 : 112-14). G. E. Bryce has “to search out difficult things is glorious” (“Another Wisdom ‘Book’ in Proverbs,” JBL 91 (1972): 145-47). R. C. Van Leeuwen suggests, “to seek difficult things is as glory” (“Proverbs 25:27 Once Again,” VT 36 : 105-14). The Hebrew is cryptic, but not unintelligible: “seeking their glory [is not] glory.” It is saying that seeking one’s own glory is dishonorable.