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Proverbs 27:1-12Revised Standard Version (RSV)

27 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
    a stranger, and not your own lips.
A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,
    but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming;
    but who can stand before jealousy?
Better is open rebuke
    than hidden love.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
    profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
He who is sated loathes honey,
    but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.
Like a bird that strays from its nest,
    is a man who strays from his home.
Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
    but the soul is torn by trouble.[a]
10 Your friend, and your father’s friend, do not forsake;
    and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity.
Better is a neighbor who is near
    than a brother who is far away.
11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad,
    that I may answer him who reproaches me.
12 A prudent man sees danger and hides himself;
    but the simple go on, and suffer for it.


  1. Proverbs 27:9 Gk: Heb the sweetness of his friend from hearty counsel
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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