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1 Boast not thyself of to morrow;
for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
2 Let another man praise thee, and
not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
3 A stone is heavy, and the
sand weighty; but a foolís wrath is heavier than them both.
4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is
outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
5 Open rebuke is better than
6 Faithful are the wounds of
a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
7 The full soul loatheth an
honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8 As a bird that wandereth from her
nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the
heart: so doth the sweetness of a manís friend by hearty counsel.
10 Thine own friend, and thy fatherís
friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brotherís house in the day of
thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near
than a brother far off.
11 My son, be wise, and make my
heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
12 A prudent man foreseeth
the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and
13 Take his garment that is surety
for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
14 He that blesseth his friend with
a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to
15 A continual dropping in a very
rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the
wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man
sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall
eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
19 As in water face answereth
to face, so the heart of man to man.
20 Hell and destruction are never
full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
21 As the fining pot for
silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool
in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness
depart from him.
23 Be thou diligent to know the
state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
24 For riches are not for
ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
25 The hay appeareth, and the tender
grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
26 The lambs are for thy
clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
27 And thou shalt have goatsí
milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for
the maintenance for thy maidens.
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