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Proverbs 27 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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1 Do not brag about tomorrow, because you do not know what another day may bring. 2 Praise should come from another person and not from your own mouth, from a stranger and not from your own lips. 3 A stone is heavy, and sand weighs a lot, but annoyance caused by a stubborn fool is heavier than both. 4 Anger is cruel, and fury is overwhelming, but who can survive jealousy? 5 Open criticism is better than unexpressed love. 6 Wounds made by a friend are intended to help, but an enemy's kisses are too much to bear. 7 One who is full despises honey, but to one who is hungry, even bitter food tastes sweet. 8 Like a bird wandering from its nest, so is a husband wandering from his home. 9 Perfume and incense make the heart glad, but the sweetness of a friend is a fragrant forest. 10 Do not abandon your friend or your father's friend. Do not go to a relative's home when you are in trouble. A neighbor living nearby is better than a relative far away. 11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad so that I can answer anyone who criticizes me. 12 Sensible people foresee trouble and hide. Gullible people go ahead [and] suffer. 13 Hold on to the garment of one who guarantees a stranger's loan, and hold responsible the person who makes a loan in behalf of a foreigner. 14 Whoever blesses his friend early in the morning with a loud voice-- his blessing is considered a curse. 15 Constantly dripping water on a rainy day is like a quarreling woman. 16 Whoever can control her can control the wind. He can even pick up olive oil with his right hand. 17 [As] iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens the wits of another. 18 Whoever takes care of a fig tree can eat its fruit, and whoever protects his master is honored. 19 As a face is reflected in water, so a person is reflected by his heart. 20 Hell and decay are never satisfied, and a person's eyes are never satisfied. 21 The crucible is for refining silver and the smelter for gold, but a person [is tested] by the praise given to him. 22 If you crush a stubborn fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, [even then] his stupidity will not leave him. 23 Be fully aware of the condition of your flock, and pay close attention to your herds. 24 Wealth is not forever. Nor does a crown last from one generation to the next. 25 [When] grass is cut short, the tender growth appears, and vegetables are gathered on the hills. 26 Lambs [will provide] you with clothing, and the money from the male goats will buy a field. 27 There will be enough goat milk to feed you, to feed your family, and to keep your servant girls alive.
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