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to search out a matter is the glory of kings.c
so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
5 remove wicked officials from the king’s presence,d
and do not claim a place among his great men;
7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,”g
than for him to humiliate you before his nobles.
What you have seen with your eyes
8 do not bringa hastily to court,
for what will you do in the end
if your neighbor puts you to shame?h
do not betray another’s confidence,
and the charge against you will stand.
is a ruling rightly given.
is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.j
is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master.k
is one who boasts of gifts never given.
15 Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,l
and a gentle tongue can break a bone.m
too much of it, and you will vomit.n
too much of you, and they will hate you.
is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.o
is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.
or like vinegar poured on a wound,
is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
22 In doing this, you will heap burning coalsp on his head,
and the Lord will reward you.q
is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.
than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.r
is good news from a distant land.s
are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
27 It is not good to eat too much honey,t
nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.u
is a person who lacks self-control.
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