Proverbs 25 ESV

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1 These also are 1proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.

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2 It is the glory of God to 2conceal things, but the glory of kings is to 3search things out.

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3 As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is 4unsearchable.

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4 Take away 5the dross from the silver, and 6the smith has material for a vessel;

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5 take away 7the wicked from the presence of the king, and his 8throne will be established in righteousness.

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      6 Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great,
      7 for 9it is better to be told, "Come up here," than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.What your eyes have seen

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      8 10do not hastily bring into court, fora what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?

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          9 11Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another's secret,

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          10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.
          11 12A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

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          12 Like 13a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to 14a listening ear.

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          13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is 15a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.

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          14 Like 16clouds and wind without rain is a man who 17boasts of a gift he does not give.

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          15 With 18patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.

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          16 If you have 19found honey, eat 20only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.

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              17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, lest he have his fill of you and hate you.
              18 A man who 21bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or 22a sword, or a sharp arrow.

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              19 Trusting in a treacherous man in time of trouble is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
              20 Whoever 23sings songs to a heavy heart is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, and like vinegar on soda.

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              21 24If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,

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              22 for you will heap 25burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.

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              23 The north wind brings forth rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
              24 26It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.

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              25 Like cold water to 27a thirsty soul, so is 28good news from a far country.

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              26 Like 29a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.

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              27 It is 30not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to 31seek one's own glory.b

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                  28 A man 32without self-control is like 33a city broken into and left without walls.

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