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Proverbs 25 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:1 - These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:2 - It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:3 - As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:4 - Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:5 - remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:6 - Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men;

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:7 - it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles. What you have seen with your eyes

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:8 - do not bring[fn] hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:9 - If you take your neighbor to court, do not betray another’s confidence,

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:10 - or the one who hears it may shame you and the charge against you will stand.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:11 - Like apples[fn] of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:12 - Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:13 - Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:14 - Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:15 - Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:16 - If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it, and you will vomit.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:17 - Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house— too much of you, and they will hate you.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:18 - Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:19 - Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:20 - Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:21 - If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:22 - In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:23 - Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:24 - Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:25 - Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:26 - Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:27 - It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 25:28 - Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
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Or nobles / on whom you had set your eyes. / 8 Do not go
Or nobles / on whom you had set your eyes. / 8 Do not go
Or possibly apricots

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