Proverbs 27:2-12 (New International Version)

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2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.1 3 Stone is heavy and sand2 a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both. 4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?3 5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.4 7 He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet. 8 Like a bird that strays from its nest5 is a man who strays from his home. 9 Perfume6 and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel. 10 Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father, and do not go to your brother's house when disaster7 strikes you-- better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away. 11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart;8 then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.9 12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.10
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