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Proverbs 25

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 1 These are also proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of kings is to search out a matter.

 3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

 4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the refinery.

 5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

 6 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of great men.

 7 For it is better that it is said to you, "Come up here; than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince whom your eyes have seen."

 8 Do not rush to court, lest you do not know not what to do in the matter's end, when your neighbor has put you to shame.

 9 Debate your cause with your neighbor himself; and do not reveal a secret to another,

 10 Lest he who hears it, puts you to shame, and your bad reputation is not forgotten.

 11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

 12 As an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

 13 Like the refreshing cold of snow in the heated time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who send him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters.

 14 Whoever falsely boasts of giving is like clouds and wind without rain.

 15 By calm restraint is a ruler or judge persuaded, and a soft tongue breaks the bone.

 16 Have you found honey? Eat so much as is sufficient for you, lest you are filled with it, and vomit it.

 17 Withdraw your foot from your neighbor's house; lest he becomes weary of you, and so hate you.

 18 A man that bears false witness against his neighbor is a sledge, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.

 19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

 20 As he who takes away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar is upon soda, so is he who sings songs to a heavy heart.

 21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,

 22 In this way you will heap burning coals upon his head, and the LORD shall reward you.

 23 The north wind drives away rain, so does an angry countenance [drive away] a backbiting tongue.

 24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a contentious woman in a large house.

 25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

 26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

 27 It is not good to eat much honey; so for men to search their own glory is not glory.

 28 He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.


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1 Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of great men. For it is better that it is said to you, 'Come up here;' than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince whom your eyes have seen.

Then he [Jesus] told a parable to those who were invited, when he saw how they chose the places of honor, saying to them,"When you are invited by anyone to a wedding, do not sit in the place of honor; lest a more honorable man than you is invited by him; And he who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this man your place;' then, with shame, you will have to take the lowest seat. Luke 14:7-9.

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