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27 Don’t boast about tomorrow,

for you don’t know what a day might bring.e

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth—

a stranger, and not your own lips.f

A stone is heavy, and sand a burden,

but aggravation from a fool outweighs them both.

Fury is cruel, and anger a flood,

but who can withstand jealousy?g

Better an open reprimand

than concealed love.h

The wounds of a friend are trustworthy,i

but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.j

A person who is full tramples on a honeycomb,k

but to a hungry person, any bitter thing is sweet.

Anyone wandering from his home

is like a bird wandering from its nest.l

Oilm and incense bring joy to the heart,

and the sweetness of a friend is better than self-counsel.C

10 Don’t abandon your friend or your father’s friend,n

and don’t go to your brother’s house

in your time of calamity;

better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.o

11 Be wise, my son, and bring my heart joy,p

so that I can answer anyone who taunts me.q

12 A sensible person sees danger and takes cover;

the inexperienced keep going and are punished.r

13 Take his garment,

for he has put up security for a stranger;

get collateral if it is for foreigners.D,s

14 If one blesses his neighbor

with a loud voice early in the morning,

it will be counted as a curse to him.

15 An endless dripping on a rainy day

and a nagging wife are alike;t

16 the one who controls her controls the wind

and grasps oil with his right hand.

17 Iron sharpens iron,

and one person sharpens another.E

18 Whoever tends a fig treeu will eat its fruit,v

and whoever looks after his master will be honored.

19 As water reflects the face,

so the heart reflects the person.

20 Sheol and Abaddonw are never satisfied,x

and people’s eyes are never satisfied.y

21 As a crucible refines silver,

and a smelter refines gold,

so a person should refine his praise.a

22 Though you grind a fool

in a mortar with a pestle along with grain,

you will not separate his foolishness from him.b

23 Know well the condition of your flock,c

and pay attention to your herds,

24 for wealth is not forever;d

not even a crown lasts for all time.

25 When hay is removed and new growth appears

and the grain from the hills is gathered in,

26 lambs will provide your clothing,

and goats, the price of a field;

27 there will be enough goat’s milk for your food—

food for your household

and nourishment for your female servants.e


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The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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