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Passage Lookup: Proverbs 24:1-27:10

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Proverbs 24:1
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Saying 20

Do not envy(a) the wicked, do not desire their company;
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Proverbs 24:2
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for their hearts plot violence,(b) and their lips talk about making trouble.(c)
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Proverbs 24:3
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Saying 21

By wisdom a house is built,(d) and through understanding it is established;
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Proverbs 24:4
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through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.(e)
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Proverbs 24:5
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Saying 22

The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength.
Proverbs 24:6
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Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.(f)
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Proverbs 24:7
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Saying 23

Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
Proverbs 24:8
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Saying 24

Whoever plots evil will be known as a schemer.
Proverbs 24:9
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The schemes of folly are sin, and people detest a mocker.
Proverbs 24:10
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Saying 25

If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!(g)
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Proverbs 24:11
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Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.(h)
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Proverbs 24:12
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If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs(i) the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay(j) everyone according to what they have done?(k)
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Proverbs 24:13
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Saying 26

Eat honey, my son, for it is good; honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
Proverbs 24:14
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Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.(l)
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Proverbs 24:15
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Saying 27

Do not lurk like a thief near the house of the righteous, do not plunder their dwelling place;
Proverbs 24:16
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for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.(m)
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Proverbs 24:17
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Saying 28

Do not gloat(n) when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,(o)
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Proverbs 24:18
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or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.(p)
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Proverbs 24:19
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Saying 29

Do not fret(q) because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked,
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Proverbs 24:20
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for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.(r)
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Proverbs 24:21
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Saying 30

Fear the Lord and the king,(s) my son, and do not join with rebellious officials,
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Proverbs 24:22
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for those two will send sudden destruction(t) on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?
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Proverbs 24:23
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Further Sayings of the Wise

These also are sayings of the wise:(u) To show partiality(v) in judging is not good:(w)
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Proverbs 24:24
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Whoever says to the guilty, "You are innocent,"(x) will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
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Proverbs 24:25
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But it will go well with those who convict the guilty, and rich blessing will come on them.
Proverbs 24:26
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An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.
Proverbs 24:27
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Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.
Proverbs 24:28
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Do not testify against your neighbor without cause(y)— would you use your lips to mislead?
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Proverbs 24:29
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Do not say, "I'll do to them as they have done to me; I'll pay them back for what they did."(z)
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Proverbs 24:30
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I went past the field of a sluggard,(aa) past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
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Proverbs 24:31
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thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.
Proverbs 24:32
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I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:
Proverbs 24:33
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A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest(ab)
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Proverbs 24:34
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and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.(ac)
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Proverbs 25:1
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More Proverbs of Solomon

These are more proverbs(a) of Solomon, compiled by the men of Hezekiah king of Judah:(b)
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Proverbs 25:2
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It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.(c)
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Proverbs 25:3
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As the heavens are high and the earth is deep, so the hearts of kings are unsearchable.
Proverbs 25:4
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Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel;
Proverbs 25:5
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remove wicked officials from the king's presence,(d) and his throne will be established(e) through righteousness.(f)
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Proverbs 25:6
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Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among his great men;
Proverbs 25:7
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it is better for him to say to you, "Come up here,"(g) than for him to humiliate you before his nobles. What you have seen with your eyes
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Proverbs 25:8
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do not bring[a] hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?(h)
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Proverbs 25:9
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If you take your neighbor to court, do not betray another's confidence,
Proverbs 25:10
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or the one who hears it may shame you and the charge against you will stand.
Proverbs 25:11
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Like apples[b] of gold in settings of silver(i) is a ruling rightly given.
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Proverbs 25:12
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Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear.(j)
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Proverbs 25:13
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Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him; he refreshes the spirit of his master.(k)
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Proverbs 25:14
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Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.
Proverbs 25:15
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Through patience a ruler can be persuaded,(l) and a gentle tongue can break a bone.(m)
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Proverbs 25:16
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If you find honey, eat just enough— too much of it, and you will vomit.(n)
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Proverbs 25:17
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Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house— too much of you, and they will hate you.
Proverbs 25:18
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Like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow is one who gives false testimony against a neighbor.(o)
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Proverbs 25:19
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Like a broken tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in a time of trouble.
Proverbs 25:20
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Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on a wound, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.
Proverbs 25:21
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If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
Proverbs 25:22
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In doing this, you will heap burning coals(p) on his head, and the Lord will reward you.(q)
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Proverbs 25:23
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Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.
Proverbs 25:24
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Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.(r)
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Proverbs 25:25
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Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.(s)
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Proverbs 25:26
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Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
Proverbs 25:27
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It is not good to eat too much honey,(t) nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep.(u)
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Proverbs 25:28
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Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
Proverbs 26:1
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Like snow in summer or rain(a) in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool.(b)
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Proverbs 26:2
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Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.(c)
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Proverbs 26:3
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A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,(d) and a rod for the backs of fools!(e)
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Proverbs 26:4
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Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.(f)
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Proverbs 26:5
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Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes.(g)
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Proverbs 26:6
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Sending a message by the hands of a fool(h) is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison.
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Proverbs 26:7
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Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.(i)
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Proverbs 26:8
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Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honor to a fool.(j)
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Proverbs 26:9
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Like a thornbush in a drunkard's hand is a proverb in the mouth of a fool.(k)
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Proverbs 26:10
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Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.
Proverbs 26:11
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As a dog returns to its vomit,(l) so fools repeat their folly.(m)
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Proverbs 26:12
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Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?(n) There is more hope for a fool than for them.(o)
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Proverbs 26:13
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A sluggard says,(p) "There's a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!"(q)
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Proverbs 26:14
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As a door turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed.(r)
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Proverbs 26:15
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A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.(s)
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Proverbs 26:16
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A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven people who answer discreetly.
Proverbs 26:17
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Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own.
Proverbs 26:18
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Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death
Proverbs 26:19
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is one who deceives their neighbor and says, "I was only joking!"
Proverbs 26:20
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Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.(t)
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Proverbs 26:21
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As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.(u)
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Proverbs 26:22
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The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.(v)
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Proverbs 26:23
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Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent[a] lips with an evil heart.
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Proverbs 26:24
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Enemies disguise themselves with their lips,(w) but in their hearts they harbor deceit.(x)
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Proverbs 26:25
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Though their speech is charming,(y) do not believe them, for seven abominations fill their hearts.(z)
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Proverbs 26:26
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Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Proverbs 26:27
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Whoever digs a pit(aa) will fall into it;(ab) if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.(ac)
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Proverbs 26:28
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A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth(ad) works ruin.
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Proverbs 27:1
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Do not boast(a) about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.(b)
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Proverbs 27:2
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Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.(c)
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Proverbs 27:3
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Stone is heavy and sand(d) a burden, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.
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Proverbs 27:4
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Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?(e)
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Proverbs 27:5
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Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
Proverbs 27:6
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Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.(f)
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Proverbs 27:7
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One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
Proverbs 27:8
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Like a bird that flees its nest(g) is anyone who flees from home.
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Proverbs 27:9
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Perfume(h) and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.
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Proverbs 27:10
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Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative's house when disaster(i) strikes you— better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.
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