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Proverbs chapter 25

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These too are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, copied.
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It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter.
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As the heaven is high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings cannot be investigated.
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Remove impurities from silver, and a vessel will be produced for a silversmith.
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Remove the wicked from the king's presence, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
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Don't brag about yourself before the king, and don't stand in the place of the great;
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for it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here!" than to demote you in plain view of a noble.
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Don't take a matter to court hastily. Otherwise, what will you do afterwards if your opponent humiliates you?
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Make your case with your opponent without revealing another's secret;
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otherwise, the one who hears will disgrace you, and you'll never live it down.
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A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray.
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A wise correction to a receptive ear is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.
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To those who send him, a trustworthy messenger is like the coolness of snow on a harvest day; he refreshes the life of his masters.
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The man who boasts about a gift that does not exist is like clouds and wind without rain.
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A ruler can be persuaded through patience, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
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If you find honey, eat only what you need; otherwise, you'll get sick from it and vomit.
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Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house; otherwise, he'll get sick of you and hate you.
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A man giving false testimony against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.
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Trusting an unreliable person in a time of trouble is like a rotten tooth or a faltering foot.
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Singing songs to a troubled heart is like taking off clothing on a cold day, or like [pouring] vinegar on soda.
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If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
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for you will heap coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
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The north wind produces rain, and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
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Better to live on the corner of a roof than in a house shared with a nagging wife.
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Good news from a distant land is like cold water to a parched throat.
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A righteous person who yields to the wicked is like a muddied spring or a polluted well.
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It is not good to eat too much honey, or to seek glory after glory.
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A man who does not control his temper is like a city whose wall is broken down.

Proverbs chapter 26

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Like snow in summer and rain at harvest, honor is inappropriate for a fool.
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Like a flitting sparrow or a fluttering swallow, an undeserved curse goes nowhere.
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A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools.
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Don't answer a fool according to his foolishness, or you'll be like him yourself.
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Answer a fool according to his foolishness, or he'll become wise in his own eyes.
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The one who sends a message by a fool's hand cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.
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A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like lame legs that hang limp.
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Giving honor to a fool is like binding a stone in a sling.
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A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like a stick with thorns, brandished by the hand of a drunkard.
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The one who hires a fool, or who hires those passing by, is like an archer who wounds everyone.
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As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.
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Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
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The slacker says, "There's a lion in the road-- a lion in the public square!"
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A door turns on its hinge, and a slacker, on his bed.
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The slacker buries his hand in the bowl; he is too weary to bring it to his mouth.
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In his own eyes, a slacker is wiser than seven men who can answer sensibly.
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A passerby who meddles in a quarrel that's not his is like one who grabs a dog by the ears.
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Like a madman who throws flaming darts and deadly arrows,
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so is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"
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Without wood, fire goes out; without a gossip, conflict dies down.
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As charcoal for embers and wood for fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife.
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A gossip's words are like choice food that goes down to one's innermost being.
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Smooth lips with an evil heart are like glaze on an earthen vessel.
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A hateful person disguises himself with his speech and harbors deceit within.
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When he speaks graciously, don't believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart.
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Though his hatred is concealed by deception, his evil will be revealed in the assembly.
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The one who digs a pit will fall into it, and whoever rolls a stone-- it will come back on him.
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A lying tongue hates those it crushes, and a flattering mouth causes ruin.

Proverbs chapter 27

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Don't boast about tomorrow, for you don't know what a day might bring.
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Let another praise you, and not your own mouth-- a stranger, and not your own lips.
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A stone is heavy and sand, a burden, but aggravation from a fool outweighs them both.
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Fury is cruel, and anger is a flood, but who can withstand jealousy?
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Better an open reprimand than concealed love.
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The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.
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A person who is full tramples on a honeycomb, but to a hungry person, any bitter thing is sweet.
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A man wandering from his home is like a bird wandering from its nest.
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Oil and incense bring joy to the heart, and the sweetness of a friend is better than self-counsel.
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Don't abandon your friend or your father's friend, and don't go to your brother's house in your time of calamity; better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
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Be wise, my son, and bring my heart joy, so that I can answer anyone who taunts me.
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The sensible see danger and take cover; the foolish keep going and are punished.
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Take his garment, for he has put up security for a stranger; get collateral if it is for foreigners.
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If one blesses his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be counted as a curse to him.
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An endless dripping on a rainy day and a nagging wife are alike.
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The one who controls her controls the wind and grasps oil with his right hand.
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Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
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Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever looks after his master will be honored.
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As the water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.
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Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and people's eyes are never satisfied.
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Silver is [tested] in a crucible, gold in a smelter, and a man, by the praise he receives.
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Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, you will not separate his foolishness from him.
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Know well the condition of your flock, and pay attention to your herds,
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for wealth is not forever; not even a crown lasts for all time.
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When hay is removed and new growth appears and the grain from the hills is gathered in,
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lambs will provide your clothing, and goats, the price of a field;
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there will be enough goat's milk for your food-- food for your household and nourishment for your servants.