Take away the dross from the silver, and there comes out a vessel for the smith; take away the wicked before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness.
Do not go out hastily to argue your case; otherwise, what will you do in the end when your neighbor humiliates you? Argue your case with your neighbor, and do not reveal the secret of another, or he who hears it will reproach you, and the evil report about you will not pass away.
Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of his gifts falsely.
Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.
Like a trampled spring and a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.
Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit.