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11 Winsome words spoken at just the right time[a]
are as appealing as apples gilded in gold
and surrounded with silver.[b]
12 To humbly receive wise correction
adorns your life with beauty[c]
and makes you a better person.
13 A reliable, trustworthy messenger
refreshes the heart of his master,[d]
like a gentle breeze blowing at harvest time—
cooling the sweat from his brow.

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  1. Proverbs 25:11 The Aramaic reads “The one who speaks the word is an apple of gold in a setting of silver.” The Septuagint is “A wise word is like a golden apple in a pendant of rubies.”
  2. Proverbs 25:11 Each one of God’s promises are like apples gilded in gold. When we are full of his Spirit we can speak and prophesy words of encouragement that are spoken at the right time for the blessing of others.
  3. Proverbs 25:12 Or “an earring of gold, an ornament of fine gold.” An earring pierces the ear and is an emblem of a listening heart.
  4. Proverbs 25:13 Or “employer.”

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