Proverbs 25:8-18 (New International Version)

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8 do not bringa hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?1 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.2 12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.3 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.4 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,5 and a gentle tongue can break a bone.6 16 If you find honey, eat just enough-- too much of it, and you will vomit.7 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.8
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