Proverbs 27:3-23 NKJV
A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
But a fool’s wrath is heavier than both of them.
Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent,
But who is able to stand before jealousy?
Open rebuke is better
Than love carefully concealed.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb,
But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
Like a bird that wanders from its nest
Is a man who wanders from his place.
Ointment and perfume delight the heart,
And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.
Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend,
Nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
My son, be wise, and make my heart glad,
That I may answer him who reproaches me.
A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself;
The simple pass on and are punished.
Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger,
And hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.
He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,
It will be counted a curse to him.
A continual dripping on a very rainy day
And a contentious woman are alike;
Whoever restrains her restrains the wind,
And grasps oil with his right hand.
As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit;
So he who waits on his master will be honored.
As in water face reflects face,
So a man’s heart reveals the man.
Hell and Destruction are never full;
So the eyes of man are never satisfied.
The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
And a man is valued by what others say of him.
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain,
Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.
Be diligent to know the state of your flocks,
And attend to your herds
NKJV: New King James Version