Mishlei 25

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Mishlei (Book of Proverbs), Chapter 25

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 These also are proverbs of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 It is the glory of G-d to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 The heaven for height, and the earth for depth, and the heart of kings is unsearchable.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 Take away the dross from the silver, and there cometh forth a vessel for the refiner;

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 Glorify not thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men;

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 For better is it that it be said unto thee: 'Come up hither', than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince, whom thine eyes have seen.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour, but reveal not the secret of another;

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 Lest he that heareth it revile thee, and thine infamy turn not away.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 As an ear-ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to him that sendeth him; for he refresheth the soul of his master.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000D-QINU`"'14 As vapours and wind without rain, so is he that boasteth himself of a false gift.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000E-QINU`"'15 By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000F-QINU`"'16 Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000010-QINU`"'17 Let thy foot be seldom in thy neighbour's house; lest he be sated with thee, and hate thee.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000011-QINU`"'18 As a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow, so is a man that beareth false witness against his neighbour.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000012-QINU`"'19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000013-QINU`"'20 As one that taketh off a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to a heavy heart.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000014-QINU`"'21 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink;

'"`UNIQ--named-00000015-QINU`"'22 For thou wilt heap coals of fire upon his head, and HaShem will reward thee.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000016-QINU`"'23 The north wind bringeth forth rain, and a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000017-QINU`"'24 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than in a house in common with a contentious woman.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000018-QINU`"'25 As cold waters to a faint soul, so is good news from a far country.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000019-QINU`"'26 As a troubled fountain, and a corrupted spring, so is a righteous man that giveth way before the wicked.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001A-QINU`"'27 It is not good to eat much honey; so for men to search out their own glory is not glory.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001B-QINU`"'28 Like a city broken down and without a wall, so is he whose spirit is without restraint.

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