10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend,
Nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
(A)Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.

11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad,
(B)That I may answer him who reproaches me.

12 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself;
The simple pass on and are (C)punished.

13 Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger,
And hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.

14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,
It will be counted a curse to him.

15 A (D)continual dripping on a very rainy day
And a contentious woman are alike;
16 Whoever [a]restrains her restrains the wind,
And grasps oil with his right hand.

17 As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

18 (E)Whoever [b]keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit;
So he who waits on his master will be honored.

19 As in water face reflects face,
So a man’s heart reveals the man.

20 (F)Hell[c] and [d]Destruction are never full;
So (G)the eyes of man are never satisfied.

21 (H)The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
And a man is valued by what others say of him.

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  1. Proverbs 27:16 Lit. hides
  2. Proverbs 27:18 protects or tends
  3. Proverbs 27:20 Or Sheol
  4. Proverbs 27:20 Heb. Abaddon

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