1Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.2Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.3Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.4Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?5Better is open rebuke than hidden love.6Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.7One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.8Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home.9Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.10Do 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.11Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.12The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.13Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.14If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.15A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;16restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.17As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.18The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.19As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.20Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.21The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.22Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them.23Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;24for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.25When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in,26the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field.27You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.
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1Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. (Lu 12:19; Jas 4:13)2Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. (Pr 25:27; 2Co 10:12; 2Co 10:18; 2Co 12:11)3A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both. (Pr 12:16; Pr 17:12)4Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? (Pr 6:34)5Better is open rebuke than hidden love. (Pr 28:23)6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. (Ps 141:5)7One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet. (Pr 25:16)8Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home. (Pr 26:2)9Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel. (Ps 23:5)10Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, 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. (1Ki 12:6; 2Ch 10:6; Pr 17:17)11Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me. (Ps 119:42; Ps 127:5; Pr 6:6; Pr 10:1; Pr 23:15; Pr 23:24; Pr 29:3)12The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. (Pr 1:4; Pr 22:3)13Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress. (Pr 20:16)14Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing.15A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike; (Pr 19:13)16to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in one’s right hand.17Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.18Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored. (So 8:12; Mt 25:21; 1Co 3:8; 1Co 9:7; 2Ti 2:6)19As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man. (Job 26:6; Pr 1:12; Pr 15:11; Pr 30:15; Ec 1:8; Ec 4:8; Hab 2:5)21The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is tested by his praise. (Pr 17:3)22Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him. (Pr 23:35; Isa 1:5; Jer 5:3)23Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, (Joh 10:3; Joh 10:14; Ac 20:28; 1Pe 5:2; 1Pe 5:4)24for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations? (Pr 23:5)25When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered, (Ps 37:2; Ps 90:5)26the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field. (1Ti 6:8)27There will be enough goats’ milk for your food, for the food of your household and maintenance for your girls. (Pr 27:26)