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Proverb 25

More Proverbs of Solomon

1These are additional proverbs of Solomon, which were copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:

2It is the glory of God to conceal a matter

and the glory of kings to search it out.

3As the heavens are high and the earth is deep,

so the hearts of kings cannot be searched.

4Remove the dross from the silver,

and a vessel for a silversmith will come forth.

5Remove the wicked from the king’s presence,

and his throne will be established in righteousness.

6Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king,

and do not stand in the place of great men;

7for it is better that he says to you, “Come up here!”

than that you should be demoted in the presence of the prince.

Even whata you have seen with your own eyes,

8do not bring hastily to court.

Otherwise, what will you do in the end

when your neighbor puts you to shame?

9Argue your case with your neighbor

without betraying another’s confidence,

10lest the one who hears may disgrace you,

and your infamy never go away.

11A word fitly spoken

is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

12Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold

is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.

13Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest

is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him;

he refreshes the soul of his masters.

14Like clouds and wind without rain

is the man who boasts of gifts never given.

15Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,

and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

16If you find honey, eat just what you need,

lest you have too much and vomit it up.

17Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house,

lest he grow weary and hate you.

18Like a club or sword or sharp arrow

is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.

19Like a broken tooth or a foot out of joint

is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.

20Like one who removes a garment on a cold day

or vinegar poured on a woundb

is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

21If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat,

and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

22For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head,c

and the LORD will reward you.

23As the north wind brings forth rain,

so a backbiting tongue brings angry looks.

24Better to live on a corner of the roof

than to share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

25Like cold water to a weary soul

is good news from a distant land.

26Like a muddied spring or a polluted well

is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.

27It is not good to eat too much honey

or to search out one’s own glory.

28Like a city whose walls are broken down

is a man who does not control his temper.

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