27 Do not boastz about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.a
an outsider, and not your own lips.b
3 Stone is heavy and sandc a burden,
but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both.
but who can stand before jealousy?d
than hidden love.
but an enemy multiplies kisses.e
but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
8 Like a bird that flees its nestf
is anyone who flees from home.
9 Perfumeg and incense bring joy to the heart,
and the pleasantness of a friend
springs from their heartfelt advice.
and do not go to your relative’s house when disasterh strikes you—
better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.
11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart;i
then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.j
but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.k
hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.l
it will be taken as a curse.
15 A quarrelsome wife is like the drippingm
of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;
or grasping oil with the hand.
so one person sharpens another.
18 The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit,n
and whoever protects their master will be honored.o
so one’s life reflects the heart.a
and neither are human eyes.q
21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,r
but people are tested by their praise.
grinding them like grain with a pestle,
you will not remove their folly from them.
23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks,s
give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not endure forever,t
and a crown is not secure for all generations.
and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
and the goats with the price of a field.
and to nourish your female servants.
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