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Proverbs 25:15-28 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded,
    and a soft tongue will break a bone.
16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you,
    lest you be sated with it and vomit it.
17 Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house,
    lest he become weary of you and hate you.
18 A man who bears false witness against his neighbor
    is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow.
19 Trust in a faithless man in time of trouble
    is like a bad tooth or a foot that slips.
20 He who sings songs to a heavy heart
    is like one who takes off a garment on a cold day,
    and like vinegar on a wound.[a]
21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
    and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
22 for you will heap coals of fire on his head,
    and the Lord will reward you.
23 The north wind brings forth rain;
    and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
24 It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
    than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
25 Like cold water to a thirsty soul,
    so is good news from a far country.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain
    is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat much honey,
    so be sparing of complimentary words.[b]
28 A man without self-control
    is like a city broken into and left without walls.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 25:20 Gk: Heb lye
  2. Proverbs 25:27 Cn Compare Gk Syr Tg: Heb searching out their glory is glory
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 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.

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