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1Don’t brag about tomorrow;
you don’t know what may happen then.
2Don’t praise yourself. Let someone else do it.
Let the praise come from a stranger and not from your own mouth.
3Stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,
but a complaining fool is worse than either.
4Anger is cruel and destroys like a flood,
but no one can put up with jealousy!
5It is better to correct someone openly
than to have love and not show it.
6The slap of a friend can be trusted to help you,
but the kisses of an enemy are nothing but lies.
7When you are full, not even honey tastes good,
but when you are hungry, even something bitter tastes sweet.
8A person who leaves his home
is like a bird that leaves its nest.
9The sweet smell of perfume and oils is pleasant,
and so is good advice from a friend.
10Don’t forget your friend or your parent’s friend.
Don’t always go to your family for help when trouble comes.
A neighbor close by is better than a family far away.
11Be wise, my child, and make me happy.
Then I can respond to any insult.
12The wise see danger ahead and avoid it,
but fools keep going and get into trouble.
13Take the coat of someone who promises to pay a stranger’s loan,
and keep it until he pays what the stranger owes.
14If you loudly greet your neighbor early in the morning,
he will think of it as a curse.
15A quarreling wife is as bothersome
as a continual dripping on a rainy day.
16Stopping her is like stopping the wind
or trying to grab oil in your hand.
17As iron sharpens iron,
so people can improve each other.
18Whoever tends a fig tree gets to eat its fruit,
and whoever takes care of his master will receive honor.
19As water reflects your face,
so your mind shows what kind of person you are.
20People will never stop dying and being destroyed,
and they will never stop wanting more than they have.
21A hot furnace tests silver and gold,
and people are tested by the praise they receive.
22Even if you ground up a foolish person like grain in a bowl,
you couldn’t remove the foolishness.
23Be sure you know how your sheep are doing,
and pay attention to the condition of your cattle.
24Riches will not go on forever,
nor do governments go on forever.
25Bring in the hay, and let the new grass appear.
Gather the grass from the hills.
26Make clothes from the lambs’ wool,
and sell some goats to buy a field.
27There will be plenty of goat’s milk
to feed you and your family
and to make your servant girls healthy.
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The Holy Bible, New Century Version, Copyright © 2005 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.