Like a bird that strays from its nest is one who strays from home.
Perfume and incense make the heart glad, but the soul is torn by trouble. a10
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.
Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad, so that I may answer whoever reproaches me.
The clever see danger and hide; but the simple go on, and suffer for it.
Take the garment of one who has given surety for a stranger; seize the pledge given as surety for foreigners. b14
Whoever blesses a neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.
A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious wife are alike;
to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in the right hand. c17
Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits d of another.
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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