8Don’t jump to conclusions—there may be
a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw.
9-10In the heat of an argument,
don’t betray confidences;
Word is sure to get around,
and no one will trust you.
11-12The right word at the right time
is like a custom-made piece of jewelry,
And a wise friend’s timely reprimand
is like a gold ring slipped on your finger.
13Reliable friends who do what they say
are like cool drinks in sweltering heat—refreshing!
14Like billowing clouds that bring no rain
is the person who talks big but never produces.
15Patient persistence pierces through indifference;
gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses.
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 Eugene H. Peterson by NavPress Publishing