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Proverbs 27:1-12 Common English Bible (CEB)

27 Don’t brag about tomorrow,
    for you don’t know what a day will bring.
Let another person praise you, and not your own mouth;
    a stranger, and not your own lips.
A stone is heavy and sand weighs much,
    but the nuisance of fools is heavier than both.
Wrath is cruel and anger is a flood,
    but who can withstand jealousy?
A public correction is better than hidden love.
Trustworthy are the bruises of a friend;
    excessive are the kisses of an enemy.
Someone who is full refuses honey,
    but anything bitter tastes sweet to a hungry person.
Like a bird wandering from its nest,
    so is one who wanders from home.
Oil and incense make the heart glad,
    and the sweetness of friends comes from their advice.[a]
10 Don’t desert your friend or a friend of your family;
    don’t go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes.
    Better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.
11 Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad,
    so I can answer those who insult me.
12 Prudent people see evil and hide;
    the simpleminded go right to it and get punished.


  1. Proverbs 27:9 Heb uncertain
Common English Bible (CEB)

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