Proverbs 25:14-24 CSB

14 The man who boasts about a gift that does not exist is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 A ruler can be persuaded through patience, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.a

References for Proverbs 25:15

    • k 25:15 - Pr 15:1; 16:32; Ec 10:4
      16 If you find honey, eat only what you need; otherwise, you'll get sick from it and vomit.b

      References for Proverbs 25:16

          17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house; otherwise, he'll get sick of you and hate you.
          18 A man giving false testimony against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.
          19 Trusting an unreliable person in a time of trouble is like a rotten tooth or a faltering foot.
          20 Singing songs to a troubled heart is like taking off clothing on a cold day, or like [pouring] vinegar on soda.c

          References for Proverbs 25:20

            • m 25:20 - Lit natron, or sodium carbonate
              21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
              22 for you will heap coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.d

              References for Proverbs 25:22

                • n 25:22 - Mt 5:44; Rm 12:20
                  23 The north wind produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
                  24 Better to live on the corner of a roof than in a house shared with a nagging wife.e

                  References for Proverbs 25:24

                    • o 25:24 - Pr 15:17; 17:1; 21:9,19