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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 25

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1 THESE ARE ALSO PARABLES of Salomon, which the men of Hezekiah King of Iudah copied out.

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2 The glorie of God is to conceale a thing secret: but the Kings honour is to search out a thing.

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3 The heaues in height, and the earth in deepenes, and the Kings heart can no man search out.

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4 Take the drosse from the siluer, and there shall proceede a vessell for the finer.

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5 Take away the wicked from the King, and his throne shall be stablished in righteousnes.

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6 Boast not thy selfe before the King, and stand not in the place of great men.

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7 For it is better, that it be saide vnto thee, Come vp hither, then thou to be put lower in the presece of the prince whom thine eyes haue seene.

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8 Goe not foorth hastily to strife, least thou know not what to doe in the ende thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.

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9 Debate thy matter with thy neighbour, and discouer not the secret to another,

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10 Least he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamie doe not cease.

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11 A word spoken in his place, is like apples of golde with pictures of siluer.

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12 He that reprooueth the wise, and the obedient eare, is as a golden earering and an ornament of fine golde.

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13 As the colde of the snowe in the time of haruest, so is a faithfull messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soule of his masters.

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14 A man that boasteth of false liberalitie, is like cloudes and winde without raine.

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15 A Prince is pacified by staying of anger, and a soft tongue breaketh the bones.

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16 If thou haue found hony, eate that is sufficient for thee, least thou be ouerfull, and vomit it.

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17 Withdrawe thy foote from thy neighbours house, least he be weary of thee, and hate thee.

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18 A man that beareth false witnes against his neighbour, is like an hammer and a sword, and a sharpe arrowe.

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19 Confidence in an vnfaythfull man in time of trouble, is like a broken tooth and a sliding foote.

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20 Hee that taketh away the garment in the colde season, is like vineger powred vpon nitre, or like him that singeth songs to an heauy heart.

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21 If hee that hateth thee be hungry, giue him bread to eate, and if he be thirstie, giue him water to drinke.

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22 For thou shalt lay coles vpon his head, and the Lord shall recompense thee.

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23 As the Northwinde driueth away the raine, so doeth an angry countenance the slandering tongue.

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24 It is better to dwell in a corner of the house top, then with a contentious woman in a wide house.

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25 As are the colde waters to a weary soule, so is good newes from a farre countery.

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26 A righteous man falling downe before the wicked, is like a troubled well, and a corrupt spring.

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27 It is not good to eate much hony: so to search their owne glory is not glory.

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28 A man that refraineth not his appetite, is like a citie which is broken downe and without walles.

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