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Proverbs 27

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Observations of self love;

27:1 Donít boast about tomorrow;
for you donít know what a day may bring forth.

27:2 Let another man praise you,
and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips.

27:3 A stone is heavy,
and sand is a burden;
but a foolís provocation is heavier than both.

27:4 Wrath is cruel,
and anger is overwhelming;
but who is able to stand before jealousy?

of true love;

27:5 Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.

27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
although the kisses of an enemy are profuse.

27:7 A full soul loathes a honeycomb;
but to a hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet.

27:8 As a bird that wanders from her nest,
so is a man who wanders from his home.

27:9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart;
so does earnest counsel from a manís friend.

27:10 Donít forsake your friend and your fatherís friend.
Donít go to your brotherís house in the day of your disaster:
better is a neighbor who is near than a distant brother.

of care to avoid offenses;

27:11 Be wise, my son,
and bring joy to my heart,
then I can answer my tormentor.

27:12 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge;
but the simple pass on, and suffer for it.

27:13 Take his garment when he puts up collateral for a stranger.
Hold it for a wayward woman!

27:14 He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning,
it will be taken as a curse by him.

27:15 A continual dropping on a rainy day
and a contentious wife are alike:

27:16 restraining her is like restraining the wind,
or like grasping oil in his right hand.

27:17 Iron sharpens iron;
so a man sharpens his friendís countenance.

27:18 Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat its fruit.
He who looks after his master shall be honored.

27:19 As water reflects a face,
so a manís heart reflects the man.

27:20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied;
and a manís eyes are never satisfied.

27:21 The crucible is for silver,
and the furnace for gold;
but man is refined by his praise.

27:22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain,
yet his foolishness will not be removed from him.

and of the household care.

27:23 Know well the state of your flocks,
and pay attention to your herds:

27:24 for riches are not forever,
nor does even the crown endure to all generations.

27:25 The hay is removed, and the new growth appears,
the grasses of the hills are gathered in.

27:26 The lambs are for your clothing,
and the goats are the price of a field.

27:27 There will be plenty of goatsí milk for your food,
for your familyís food,
and for the nourishment of your servant girls.

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