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BOAST not for tomorrow;
for you know not what a day may bring forth.
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¶ Let a stranger praise you, and not your own mouth;
another, and not your own lips.
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¶ A stone is heavy and sand is weighty;
but a fool’s wrath is heavier than both.
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Wrath is cruel and anger is outrageous;
but who can stand before envy?
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Open rebuke is better than deceitful friendship.
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Better are the wounds of a friend than the kisses of an enemy.
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¶ A person who is full loathes a honeycomb;
but to a hungry person even a bitter thing is sweet.
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Like a bird that wanders from its nest, so is a man who is moved from his place.
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¶ As oil and perfume rejoice the heart, so does the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
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Your own friend and your father’s friend forsake not;
neither go into your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
for better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far off.
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¶ My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, and remove from me the reproach of those who reproach me.
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¶ A prudent man foresees the evil and hides himself;
but the fools pass on and suffer loss.
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¶ He who is surety for a stranger, his cloak will be taken away from him and held in pledge for the stranger.
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¶ He who blesses his friend with a flattering loud voice is not different from him who curses.
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Like a continual dripping on a rainy day, so is a quarrelsome woman.
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The north wind is severe, but it is called the right wind.
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Iron sharpens iron;
so a man enlightens the face of his friend.
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¶ He who guards his fig tree shall eat its fruit;
and he who is careful of his master shall be honored.
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¶ As faces do not resemble faces, so hearts do not resemble hearts.
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Sheol and destruction are never full;
so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
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¶ As the refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, so is a man tested by the mouth of those who praise him.
The heart of the wicked desires evil, and the heart of the pious desires knowledge.
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Though you should beat a fool in the midst of an assembly, you will not do him any good, nor will you cause his foolishness to depart from him.
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When you are feeding the sheep, know their faces and set your mind on the flock.
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Possessions are not for ever;
nor can riches be handed down from one generation to another.
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The grass springs up, the tender growth shows itself, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered.
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The lambs are for your clothing and the kids are for your sustenance;
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And the goats’ milk is for your food and for the food of your household.