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Chapter 25

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These also are the sayings of Solomon, which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah gathered together.

      It is the honor of God to keep a thing secret, but the kings is to search out a thing.
      The heaven is high, the earth is deep, and the kings heart is unsearchable.
      Take the dross from the silver, and there shall be a clean vessel thereof.
      Take away ungodliness from the king, and his seat shall be stablished with righteousness.
      Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and *prease not into the place of great men.
      Better it is that it be said unto thee: Come up hither, than thou to be set down in the presence of the prince whom thou seest with thine eyes.
      Be not hasty to go to the law, lest happily thou order thyself so that at the last, that thy neighbor put thee to shame.
      Handle thy matter with thy neighbor himself, and discover not another mans secret: lest when men hear thereof, it turn to thy dishonor, and lest thine evil name do not cease.
      A word spoken in due season, is like apples of gold in a silver dish.
      The correction of the wife is to an obedient ear, a golden chain and a Jewel of gold.
      Like as the winter cool in the harvest, so is a faithful messenger to him that sent him, and refresheth his masters mind.
      Whoso maketh great boasts and giveth nothing, is like clouds and wind without rain.
      With patience may a prince be pacified, and with a soft tongue may rigorousness be broken.
      If thou findest honey, eat so much as is sufficient for thee: lest thou be over full, and *perbrake it out again.
      Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbors house, lest he be weary of thee, and so abhor thee.
      Who so beareth false witness against his neighbor, he is a very spear, a sword, and a sharp arrow.
      The hope of the ungodly in time of need, is like a rotten tooth and a slippery foot.
      Who so singeth a song to a wicked heart, clotheth him with rags in the cold, and poureth vinegar upon chalk.
      If thine enemy hunger, feed him: if he thirst, give him drink: For so shalt thou heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.
      The north wind driveth away the rain, even so doth an *earnest sober countenance a backbiting tongue.
It is better to sit in the corner under the roof, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
      A good report out of a far country, is like cold water to a thirsty soul.
      A righteous man falling down before the ungodly, is like a troubled well and a spring that is destroyed.
      Like as it is not good to eat to much honey, even so he that will search out high things, it shall be to heavy for him.
      He that can not rule himself, is like a city which is broken down, and hath no walls.


* prease = may be from pace or prance, as if to place your self expectantly in their presence. *earnest sober countenance a backbiting tongue. * kjv and other bibles of man = angry countenance. *perbrake :vomit

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