Proverbs Chapter 25 - New International Version

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These are more proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:
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It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
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As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
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Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith;
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remove the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.
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Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among great men;
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it is better for him to say to you, Come up here, than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman. What you have seen with your eyes
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do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?
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If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man's confidence,
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or he who hears it may shame you and you will never lose your bad reputation.
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A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
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Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.
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Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.
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Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.
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Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
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If you find honey, eat just enough- too much of it, and you will vomit.
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Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house- too much of you, and he will hate you.
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Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.
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Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.
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Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
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If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
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In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
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As a north wind brings rain, so a sly tongue brings angry looks.
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Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
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Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.
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Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.
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It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor.
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Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.