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Proverbs 27:13-23 (New International Version)

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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.1 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 dripping2 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,3 and he who looks after his master will be honored.4 19 As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man. 20 Death and Destructiona are never satisfied,5 and neither are the eyes of man.6 21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,7 but man is tested by the praise he receives. 22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding him like grain with a pestle, you will not remove his folly from him. 23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,8 give careful attention to your herds;
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