Proverbs 25:15-25 NLT

15 Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones.
16 Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, 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.
19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.
20 Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound.a

References for Proverbs 25:20

    • 25:20 - As in Greek version; Hebrew reads pouring vinegar on soda.
      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 of shame on their heads, and the will reward you.
      23 As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger!
      24 It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.
      25 Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty.