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Proverbs 27 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 Do not boast {about tomorrow},a for you do not know what the day will bring. 2 May another praise you and not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips. 3 Heavy [is] a stone and weighty [is] sand, but [the] provocation of a fool [is] heavier than both of them. 4 Cruel [is] wrath and overwhelming [is] anger, but who will stand before jealousy? 5 Better a rebuke that is open than a love that is hidden. 6 The wounds of a friend mean well, but the kisses of an enemy are profane. 7 An {appetite}b that is sated spurns honey, but [to] an {appetite}c that is ravenous, all bitterness [is] sweet. 8 Like a bird that strays from its nest, so is a man who strays from his place. 9 Perfume and incense will gladden a heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend [is] {personal advice}.d 10 As for your friend and a friend of your father, do not forsake [them], and the house of your brother, do not enter on the day of your calamity. Better is a close neighbor than a distant brother. 11 Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad, and I will answer him who reproaches me [with] a word. 12 [When] the clever sees danger, he hides; the simple go on [and] suffer. 13 Take his garment, for he gives surety [to] a stranger, and to {an adulteress}e--[so] take his pledge. 14 He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning, a curse will be reckoned to him. 15 Dripping constantly on a day of heavy rain and a womanf of contention are alike. 16 [In] restraining her, he restrains wind,g and his right hand will grasp oilh. 17 [As] iron sharpensi iron, so {one man sharpens another}.j 18 He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his masterk will be honored. 19 As the waters [reflect] {face to face},l so the heart of a person [reflects] the person. 20 Sheolm and Abaddonn will not be satisfied, and the eyes of a person will not be satisfied [either]. 21 A crucible [is] for the silver, and a furnace for the gold, but a man [is tested by] the mouth of him who praises him. 22 If you crush a fool in the mortar with the pestle {along with}o the crushed grain, it will not drive folly from upon him. 23 You will surely know the {condition}p of your flock; your heartq attends to the herds. 24 For riches [are] not forever, nor a crown for generation [after] generation. 25 When the grass is gone, then green growth will appear, and the herbs of the mountains will be gathered. 26 Lambs [will be] your clothing, and goats the price of the field. 27 And [there will be] enough goats' milk for your food, for [the] food of your household and [the] {nourishment}r of your maidservants.
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