Proverbs 25:11-21 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. 11 A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
12 Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise rebuke to a listening ear. 12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.
13 Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest are faithful messengers to those who send them; they refresh the spirit of their masters. 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 Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of a gift never given. 14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.
15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue can break bones. 15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, or else, having too much, you will vomit it. 16 If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.
17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor's house, otherwise the neighbor will become weary of you and hate you. 17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house-- too much of you, and he will hate you.
18 Like a war club, a sword, or a sharp arrow is one who bears false witness against a neighbor. 18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.
19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is trust in a faithless person in time of trouble. 19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.
20 Like vinegar on a wound is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. Like a moth in clothing or a worm in wood, sorrow gnaws at the human heart. 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 bread to eat; and 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.