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Proverbs 27 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

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Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.

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Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.

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Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?

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Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

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Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

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One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

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Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home.

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Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.

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Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you— better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.

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Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.

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The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

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Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.

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If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.

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A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;

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restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.

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As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

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The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.

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As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.[fn]

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Death and Destruction[fn] are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.

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The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.

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Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them.

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Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;

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for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.

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the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field.

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You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.
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