Proverbs 27:8-18 (Revised Standard Version)

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8 Like a bird that strays from its nest, is a man who strays from his home. 9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad, but the soul is torn by trouble. 10 Your friend, and your father's friend, do not forsake; and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away. 11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me. 12 A prudent man sees danger and hides himself; but the simple go on, and suffer for it. 13 Take a man's garment when he has given surety for a stranger, and hold him in pledge when he gives surety for foreigners. 14 He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing. 15 A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious woman are alike; 16 to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in his right hand. 17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. 18 He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.
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