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  • 1Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
  • 2Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
  • 3A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
  • 4Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
  • 5Open rebuke is better than secret love.
  • 6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
  • 7The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
  • 8As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
  • 9Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
  • 10Thine 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.
  • 11My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
  • 12A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
  • 13Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
  • 14He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
  • 15A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
  • 16Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
  • 17Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
  • 18Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
  • 19As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
  • 20Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
  • 21As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
  • 22Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
  • 23Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
  • 24For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
  • 25The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
  • 26The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
  • 27And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
Version: King James Edition - English