Proverbs 27

1 Do not brag about tomorrow, because you do not know what another day may bring.
2 Praise should come from another person and not from your own mouth, from a stranger and not from your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy, and sand weighs a lot, but annoyance caused by a stubborn fool is heavier than both.
4 Anger is cruel, and fury is overwhelming, but who can survive jealousy?
5 Open criticism is better than unexpressed love.
6 Wounds made by a friend are intended to help, but an enemy's kisses are too much to bear.
7 One who is full despises honey, but to one who is hungry, even bitter food tastes sweet.
8 Like a bird wandering from its nest, so is a husband wandering from his home.
9 Perfume and incense make the heart glad, but the sweetness of a friend is a fragrant forest.
10 Do not abandon your friend or your father's friend. Do not go to a relative's home when you are in trouble. A neighbor living nearby is better than a relative far away.
11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad so that I can answer anyone who criticizes me.
12 Sensible people foresee trouble and hide. Gullible people go ahead [and] suffer.
13 Hold on to the garment of one who guarantees a stranger's loan, and hold responsible the person who makes a loan in behalf of a foreigner.
14 Whoever blesses his friend early in the morning with a loud voice-- his blessing is considered a curse.
15 Constantly dripping water on a rainy day is like a quarreling woman.
16 Whoever can control her can control the wind. He can even pick up olive oil with his right hand.
17 [As] iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens the wits of another.
18 Whoever takes care of a fig tree can eat its fruit, and whoever protects his master is honored.
19 As a face is reflected in water, so a person is reflected by his heart.
20 Hell and decay are never satisfied, and a person's eyes are never satisfied.
21 The crucible is for refining silver and the smelter for gold, but a person [is tested] by the praise given to him.
22 If you crush a stubborn fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, [even then] his stupidity will not leave him.
23 Be fully aware of the condition of your flock, and pay close attention to your herds.
24 Wealth is not forever. Nor does a crown last from one generation to the next.
25 [When] grass is cut short, the tender growth appears, and vegetables are gathered on the hills.
26 Lambs [will provide] you with clothing, and the money from the male goats will buy a field.
27 There will be enough goat milk to feed you, to feed your family, and to keep your servant girls alive.
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