Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great;
for it is better to be told, "Come up here," than to be put lower in the presence of the prince. What your eyes have seen
do not hastily bring into court; for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?
Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not disclose another's secret;
lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him, he refreshes the spirit of his masters.
Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of a gift he does not give.
With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.
If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you be sated with it and vomit it.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)