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Proverbs 27:18-27 (New International Version)

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18 He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,1 and he who looks after his master will be honored.2 19 As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man. 20 Death and Destructiona are never satisfied,3 and neither are the eyes of man.4 21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,5 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,6 give careful attention to your herds; 24 for riches do not endure forever,7 and a crown is not secure for all generations. 25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, 26 the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field. 27 You will have plenty of goats' milk to feed you and your family and to nourish your servant girls.
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