Proverbs 27:8-18 (New Revised Standard)

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8 Like a bird that strays from its nest is one who strays from home. 9 Perfume and incense make the heart glad, but the soul is torn by trouble. a 10 Do not forsake your friend or the friend of your parent; do not go to the house of your kindred in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is nearby than kindred who are far away. 11 Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad, so that I may answer whoever reproaches me. 12 The clever see danger and hide; but the simple go on, and suffer for it. 13 Take the garment of one who has given surety for a stranger; seize the pledge given as surety for foreigners. b 14 Whoever blesses a neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing. 15 A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious wife are alike; 16 to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in the right hand. c 17 Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits d of another. 18 Anyone who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and anyone who takes care of a master will be honored.
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