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Proverbs 27

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 1 Do not boast about tomorrow for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

 2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

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

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

 5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.1

 7 The full soul loathes a honeycomb; but to the hungry [seeking] soul every bitter thing [tribulation and chasening] is sweet.

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

 9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart; so does the sweetness of a man's friend by counsel from the heart.

 10 Your own friend, and your father's friend, do not forsake; neither go into your brother's house in the day of your calamity; for a nearby neighbor that is near is better than a distant brother.

 11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, so I may answer him who judges me.

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

 13 Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger, and hold it in a pledge of him, if it is for a strange woman.

 14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, shall be counted as a curse to him.

 15 A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious wife are alike.

 16 To restrain her [a contentious woman] is like trying restrain the wind, and like grasping oil with the right hand.

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

 18 Whoever keeps the fig tree shall eat its fruit; so he that waits on his master shall be honored.

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

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

 21 As the refining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man tested by praise received.

 22 Though you should grind a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

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

 24 For riches are not forever: and does the crown endure to every generation?

 25 The hay appears, and the tender grass shows itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

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

 27 And you shall have goats' milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and for the maintenance for your maidens.


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1 the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. As Judas desired to kiss the Lord on the night he had betrayed him, so did James Naylor attempt to kiss George Fox, when Fox warned him he was under the influence of a dark spirit. The dark spirit attempts to cover its errors with a feigned demonstration of love, rather than regret or sorrow — seeking the reprover's confusion and doubt of their error. When someone has been confronted with error and seeks to demonstrate their love for the reprover, beware of their deception and refuse it.

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