Proverbs 25

Proverbs 25:1 NIV
These are more proverbs of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:

Proverbs 25:4-5 NIV
Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel; [5] remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness.

Proverbs 25:6-8 NIV
Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; [7] it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles. What you have seen with your eyes [8] do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?

Proverbs 25:11-12 NIV
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given. [12] Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.

Proverbs 25:14-15 NIV
Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given. [15] Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

Proverbs 25:17-19 NIV
Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—too much of you, and they will hate you. [18] Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor. [19] Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.

Proverbs 25:21-22 NIV
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. [22] In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.

Proverbs 25:24,26 NIV
Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. [26] Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.

Proverbs 25:28 NIV
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

Saying . . .

Proverbs 24:1–2 (NIV)

Saying 20

24 Do not envy the wicked,

do not desire their company;

for their hearts plot violence,

and their lips talk about making trouble.

Proverbs 24:7 (NIV)

Saying 23

Wisdom is too high for fools;

in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.

Proverbs 24:10 (NIV)

Saying 25

10 If you falter in a time of trouble,

how small is your strength!

Proverbs 24:12 (NIV)

12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”

does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

Does not he who guards your life know it?

Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?

Proverbs 24:17–18 (NIV)

Saying 28

17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;

when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,

18 or the Lord will see and disapprove

and turn his wrath away from them.

Proverbs 24:19–20 (NIV)

Saying 29

19 Do not fret because of evildoers

or be envious of the wicked,

20 for the evildoer has no future hope,

and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

Proverbs 24:26 (NIV)


26 An honest answer

is like a kiss on the lips.


Proverbs 24:28–29 (NIV)

28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—

would you use your lips to mislead?

29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me;

I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

Proverbs 24:32 (NIV)

32 I applied my heart to what I observed

and learned a lesson from what I saw:

My Rock and My Fortress

Psalm 144:2 (NIV)

He is my loving God and my fortress,

my stronghold and my deliverer,

my shield, in whom I take refuge,

who subdues peoples  under me.

Psalm144_12Psalm 144:5–8 (NIV)

Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;

touch the mountains, so that they smoke.

Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;

shoot your arrows and rout them.

Reach down your hand from on high;

deliver me and rescue me

from the mighty waters,

from the hands of foreigners

whose mouths are full of lies,

whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalm 144:10–11 (NIV)

10 to the One who gives victory to kings,

who delivers his servant David.

From the deadly sword 11 deliver me;

rescue me from the hands of foreigners

whose mouths are full of lies,

whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalm 144:15 (NIV)

15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true;

blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

Psalm 139:1–3 (ESV)

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.

You search out my path and my lying down

and are acquainted with all my ways.

Psalm 139:6 (ESV)

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

it is high; I cannot attain it.

Psalm 139:13 (ESV)

13  For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:14 (ESV)

14  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:16 (ESV)

16  Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them,

the days that were formed for me,

when as yet there was none of them.

Psalm 139:17–18 (ESV)

17  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!

How vast is the sum of them!

18  If I would count them, they are more than the sand.

I awake, and I am still with you.

How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song?

Psalm 137:1–7 (ESV)

By the waters of Babylon,

there we sat down and wept,

when we remembered Zion.

On the willows there

we hung up our lyres.

For there our captors

required of us songs,

and our tormentors, mirth, saying,

“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How shall we sing the Lord’s song

in a foreign land?

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

let my right hand forget its skill!

Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,

if I do not remember you,

if I do not set Jerusalem

above my highest joy!

Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites

the day of Jerusalem,

how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,

down to its foundations!”