Proverbs 25:19-28 (New Living Translation)

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19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person is like chewing with a toothache or walking on a broken foot. 20 Singing cheerful songs to a person whose heart is heavy is as bad as stealing someone's jacket in cold weather or rubbing salt in a wound. 21 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. 22 You will heap burning coals on their heads, and the LORD will reward you. 23 As surely as a wind from the north brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger! 24 It is better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a contentious wife in a lovely home. 25 Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty. 26 If the godly compromise with the wicked, it is like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring. 27 Just as it is not good to eat too much honey, it is not good for people to think about all the honors they deserve. 28 A person without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls.
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