Proverbs 25:15-28, Like a Bad Tooth


15By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded,

And a soft tongue breaks the bone.

16Have you found honey? Eat only what you need,

That you not have it in excess and vomit it.

17Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house,

Or he will become weary of you and hate you.

18Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow

Is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.

19Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot

Is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.

20Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda,

Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart.

21If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat;

And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;

22For you will heap burning coals on his head,

And the Lord will reward you.

23The north wind brings forth rain,

And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.

24It is better to live in a corner of the roof

Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.

25Like cold water to a weary soul,

So is good news from a distant land.

26Like a trampled spring and a polluted well

Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.

27It is not good to eat much honey,

Nor is it glory to search out one’s own glory.

28Like a city that is broken into and without walls

Is a man who has no control over his spirit.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: How should we treat our enemies?