Proverbs 25:8-15 MSG
Don’t jump to conclusions—there may be
a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw.
In the heat of an argument,
don’t betray confidences;
Word is sure to get around,
and no one will trust you.
The 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.
Reliable friends who do what they say
are like cool drinks in sweltering heat—refreshing!
Like billowing clouds that bring no rain
is the person who talks big but never produces.
Patient persistence pierces through indifference;
gentle speech breaks down rigid defenses.