Mishlei 27

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Mishlei (Book of Proverbs), Chapter 27

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's vexation is heavier than they both.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; but who is able to stand before jealousy?

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 Better is open rebuke than love that is hidden.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are importunate.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 The full soul loatheth a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity; better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that taunteth me.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the thoughtless pass on, and are punished.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; and hold him in pledge that is surety for an alien woman.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000D-QINU`"'14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000E-QINU`"'15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike;

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000F-QINU`"'16 He that would hide her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand betrayeth itself.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000010-QINU`"'17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000011-QINU`"'18 Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; and he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000012-QINU`"'19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000013-QINU`"'20 The nether-world and Destruction are never satiated; so the eyes of man are never satiated.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000014-QINU`"'21 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, and a man is tried by his praise.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000015-QINU`"'22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar with a pestle among groats, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000016-QINU`"'23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds;

'"`UNIQ--named-00000017-QINU`"'24 For riches are not for ever; and doth the crown endure unto all generations?

'"`UNIQ--named-00000018-QINU`"'25 When the hay is mown, and the tender grass showeth itself, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in;

'"`UNIQ--named-00000019-QINU`"'26 The lambs will be for thy clothing, and the goats the price for a field.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001A-QINU`"'27 And there will be goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household; and maintenance for thy maidens.

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