Proverbs 25:8-18 (New Living Translation)

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8 don't be in a hurry to go to court. You might go down before your neighbors in shameful defeat. 9 So discuss the matter with them privately. Don't tell anyone else, 10 or others may accuse you of gossip. Then you will never regain your good reputation. 11 Timely advice is as lovely as golden apples in a silver basket. 12 Valid criticism is as treasured by the one who heeds it as jewelry made from finest gold. 13 Faithful messengers are as refreshing as snow in the heat of summer. They revive the spirit of their employer. 14 A person who doesn't give a promised gift is like clouds and wind that don't bring rain. 15 Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can crush strong opposition. 16 Do you like honey? Don't eat too much of it, or it will make you sick! 17 Don't visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome. 18 Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow.
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