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Proverbs 25:2-12 (New International Version)

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2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.1 3 As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable. 4 Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material fora the silversmith; 5 remove the wicked from the king's presence,2 and his throne will be established3 through righteousness.4 6 Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among great men; 7 it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here,"5 than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman. What you have seen with your eyes 8 do not bringb hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?6 9 If you argue your case with a neighbor, do not betray another man's confidence, 10 or he who hears it may shame you and you will never lose your bad reputation. 11 A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.7 12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.8
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