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Proverbs 25:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.1 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.2 14 Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give. 15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,3 and a gentle tongue can break a bone.4 16 If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.5 17 Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house-- too much of you, and he will hate you. 18 Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is the man who gives false testimony against his neighbor.6 19 Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble. 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 enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. 22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals7 on his head, and the LORD will reward you.8
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