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PROVERBS · Chapter 25
25:1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king
of Judah copied out.
25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
25:3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.
25:4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.
25:5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.
25:6 Put not forth yourself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
25:7 For better it is that it be said unto you, Come up here; than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince whom your eyes have seen.
25:8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest you know not what to do in the end thereof, when your neighbour has put you to shame.
25:9 Debate your cause with your neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
25:10 Lest he that hears it put you to shame, and your ill repute turn not away.
25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refreshes the soul of his masters.
25:14 Whoso boasts himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
25:15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaks the bone.
25:16 Have you found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for you, lest you be filled therewith, and vomit it.
25:17 Withdraw your foot from your neighbour's house; lest he be weary of you, and so hate you.
25:18 A man that bears false witness against his neighbour is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
25:20 As he that takes away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon alkali, so is he that sings songs to an heavy heart.
25:21 If your enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
25:22 For you shall heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward you.
25:23 The north wind drives away rain: so does an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
25:24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
25:25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
25:26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
25:27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
25:28 He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
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