Proverbs 27:1-18

1 Don't boast about tomorrow, for you don't know what the day may bring.
2 Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth, a stranger and not your own lips.
3 Stone is heavy and sand a dead weight, but a fool's provocation outweighs them both.
4 Fury is cruel and anger overwhelming, but who can stand up to jealousy?
5 Better open rebuke than hidden love.
6 Wounds from a friend are received as well-meant, but an enemy's kisses are insincere.
7 A person who is full loathes a honeycomb; but to the hungry, any bitter thing is sweet.
8 Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home.
9 Perfume and incense make the heart glad, [also] friendship sweet with advice from the heart.
10 Don't abandon a friend who is also a friend of your father. Don't enter your brother's house on the day of your calamity -better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
11 My son, become wise, and gladden my heart, so that I can answer my critics.
12 The clever see trouble coming and hide; the thoughtless go on and pay the penalty.
13 Seize his clothes because he guaranteed a stranger's loan; take them as security for that unknown woman.
14 Whoever greets his neighbor in a loud voice at dawn might just as well have cursed him.
15 A leak that keeps dripping on a rainy day and the nagging of a wife are the same -
16 whoever can restrain her can restrain the wind or keep perfume on his hand from making itself known.
17 Just as iron sharpens iron, a person sharpens the character of his friend.
18 Whoever tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who is attentive to his master will be honored.