Proverbs 27:5-15 (New Living Translation)

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5 An open rebuke is better than hidden love! 6 Wounds from a friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. 7 Honey seems tasteless to a person who is full, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry. 8 A person who strays from home is like a bird that strays from its nest. 9 The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. 10 Never abandon a friend -- either yours or your father's. Then in your time of need, you won't have to ask your relatives for assistance. It is better to go to a neighbor than to a relative who lives far away. 11 My child, a how happy I will be if you turn out to be wise! Then I will be able to answer my critics. 12 A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. 13 Be sure to get collateral from anyone who guarantees the debt of a stranger. Get a deposit if someone guarantees the debt of an adulterous woman. 14 If you shout a pleasant greeting to your neighbor too early in the morning, it will be counted as a curse! 15 A nagging wife is as annoying as the constant dripping on a rainy day.
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