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King James Bible: Proverbs 27

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1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

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2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

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3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

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4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

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5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

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6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

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7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

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8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

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9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

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10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

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11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

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12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

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13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

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14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

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15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

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16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.

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17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

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18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

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19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

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20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

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21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.

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22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

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23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.

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24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?

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25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

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26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.

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27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.

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