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These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of King Hezekiah of Judah copied:

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It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and it is the glory of a king to search out a matter.

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As the heaven is high and the earth is deep so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

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Remove the dross from the silver, and material for the silversmith will emerge;

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remove the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.

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Do not honor yourself before the king, and do not stand in the place of great men;

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for it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here," than to put you lower before a prince, whom your eyes have seen.

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Do not go out hastily to litigation, or what will you do afterward when your neighbor puts you to shame?

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When you argue a case with your neighbor, do not reveal the secret of another person,

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lest the one who hears it put you to shame and your infamy will never go away.

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Like apples of gold in settings of silver, so is a word skillfully spoken.

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Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover to the ear of the one who listens.

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Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the heart of his masters.

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Like cloudy skies and wind that produce no rain, so is the one who boasts of a gift not given.

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Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a soft tongue can break a bone.

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When you find honey, eat only what is sufficient for you, lest you become stuffed with it and vomit it up.

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Don't set foot too frequently in your neighbor's house, lest he become weary of you and hate you.

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Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow, so is the one who testifies against his neighbor as a false witness.

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Like a bad tooth or a foot out of joint, so is confidence in an unfaithful person at the time of trouble.

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Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, so is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

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If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,

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for you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the LORD will reward you.

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The north wind brings forth rain, and a gossiping tongue brings forth an angry look.

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It is better to live on a corner of the housetop than in a house in company with a quarrelsome wife.

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Like cold water to a weary person, so is good news from a distant land.

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Like a muddied spring and a polluted well, so is a righteous person who gives way before the wicked.

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It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable for people to seek their own glory.

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Like a city that is broken down and without a wall, so is a person who cannot control his temper.
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