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Proverbs 25 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah. 1 These are more proverbs of Solomon, copied by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:
2 It is God's privilege to conceal things and the king's privilege to discover them. 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
3 No one can discover the height of heaven, the depth of the earth, or all that goes on in the king's mind! 3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
4 Remove the dross from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith. 4 Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith;
5 Remove the wicked from the king's court, and his reign will be made secure by justice. 5 remove the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.
6 Don't demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great. 6 Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among great men;
7 It is better to wait for an invitation than to be sent to the end of the line, publicly disgraced! Just because you see something, 7 it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here," than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman. What you have seen with your eyes
8 don't be in a hurry to go to court. You might go down before your neighbors in shameful defeat. 8 do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?
9 So discuss the matter with them privately. Don't tell anyone else, 9 If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man's confidence,
10 or others may accuse you of gossip. Then you will never regain your good reputation. 10 or he who hears it may shame you and you will never lose your bad reputation.
11 Timely advice is as lovely as golden apples in a silver basket. 11 A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
12 Valid criticism is as treasured by the one who heeds it as jewelry made from finest gold. 12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.
13 Faithful messengers are as refreshing as snow in the heat of summer. They revive the spirit of their employer. 13 Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.
14 A person who doesn't give a promised gift is like clouds and wind that don't bring rain. 14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.
15 Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can crush strong opposition. 15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
16 Do you like honey? Don't eat too much of it, or it will make you sick! 16 If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.
17 Don't visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome. 17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house-- too much of you, and he will hate you.
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. 18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.
19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person is like chewing with a toothache or walking on a broken foot. 19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.
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. 20 Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
21 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. 21 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 You will heap burning coals on their heads, and the LORD will reward you. 22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
23 As surely as a wind from the north brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger! 23 As a north wind brings rain, so a sly tongue brings angry looks.
24 It is better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a contentious wife in a lovely home. 24 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
25 Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty. 25 Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.
26 If the godly compromise with the wicked, it is like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring. 26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.
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. 27 It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one's own honor.
28 A person without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls. 28 Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.