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Proverbs 27:11-21 (New International Version)

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11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart;1 then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.2 12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.3 13 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if he does it for a wayward woman.4 14 If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse. 15 A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping5 on a rainy day; 16 restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand. 17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. 18 He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,6 and he who looks after his master will be honored.7 19 As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man. 20 Death and Destructiona are never satisfied,8 and neither are the eyes of man.9 21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,10 but man is tested by the praise he receives.
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