Proverbs 25 (asv)
25:3As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth,
So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
25:4Take away the dross from the silver,
And there cometh forth a vessel for the refiner:
25:5Take away the wicked from before the king,
And his throne shall be established in righteousness.
25:7For 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.
25:8Go not forth hastily to strive,
Lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof,
When thy neighbor hath put thee to shame.
25:9Debate thy cause with thy neighbor himself,
And disclose not the secret of another;
25:10Lest he that heareth it revile thee,
And thine infamy turn not away.
25:11A word fitly spoken
So is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
25:13As the cold of snow in the time of harvest,
So is a faithful messenger to them that send him;
So is he that boasteth himself of his gifts falsely.
25:15By long forbearing is a ruler persuaded,
And a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
25:16Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee,
Lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
25:17Let thy foot be seldom in thy neighbor's house,
Lest he be weary of thee, and hate thee.
Is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.
Is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
25:20As one that taketh off a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon soda,
So is he that singeth songs to a heavy heart.
And if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:
And Jehovah will reward thee.
So doth a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.
25:24It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop,
25:25As cold waters to a thirsty soul,
25:26As a troubled fountain, and a corrupted spring,
So for men to search out their own glory is grievous.
25:28He whose spirit is without restraint
Is like a city that is broken down and without walls.