yfor you do not know what a day may bring.
2 Let zanother praise you, and not your own mouth;
but aa fool's provocation is heavier than both.
but who can stand before bjealousy?
5 cBetter is open rebuke
6 Faithful are dthe wounds of a friend;
7 One who is full loathes ehoney,
8 Like fa bird that strays from its nest
9 gOil and perfume make the heart glad,
and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.1
10 Do not forsake your friend and hyour father's friend,
iBetter is a neighbor who is near
that I may manswer him who reproaches me.
12 nThe prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but othe simple go on and suffer for it.
13 pTake a man's garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.2
15 qA continual dripping on a rainy day
or to grasp3 oil in one's right hand.
and one man sharpens another.4
18 rWhoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and he who sguards his master will be honored.
and vnever satisfied are the eyes of man.
21 wThe crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
22 xCrush a fool in a mortar with a pestle
23 yKnow well the condition of your flocks,
and ygive attention to your herds,
24 for zriches do not last forever;
25 aWhen the grass is gone and the new growth appears
26 bthe lambs will provide your clothing,
27 bThere will be enough goats' milk for your food,
 27:9 Or and so does the sweetness of a friend that comes from his earnest counsel
 27:13 Hebrew a foreign woman; a slight emendation yields (compare Vulgate; see also 20:16) foreigners
 27:16 Hebrew to meet with
 27:17 Hebrew sharpens the face of another