1 Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day might bring.
2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth — a stranger, and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and sand, a burden, but aggravation from a fool outweighs them both.
4 Fury is cruel, and anger a flood, but who can withstand jealousy?
5 Better an open reprimand than concealed love.
6 The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.
7 A person who is full tramples on a honeycomb, but to a hungry person, any bitter thing is sweet.
8 A man wandering from his home is like a bird wandering from its nest.
9 Oil and incense bring joy to the heart, and the sweetness of a friend is better than self-counsel.
10 Don’t abandon your friend or your father’s friend, and don’t go to your brother’s house in your time of calamity; better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
11 Be wise, my son, and bring my heart joy, so that I can answer anyone who taunts me.
12 A sensible person sees danger and takes cover; the inexperienced keep going and are punished.
13 Take his garment, for he has put up security for a stranger; get collateral if it is for foreigners.
14 If one blesses his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be counted as a curse to him.
15 An endless dripping on a rainy day and a nagging wife are alike.
16 The one who controls her controls the wind and grasps oil with his right hand.
17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
18 Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever looks after his master will be honored.
19 As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.
20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and people’s eyes are never satisfied.
21 A crucible for silver, and a smelter for gold, and a man for the words of his praise.
22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, you will not separate his foolishness from him.
23 Know well the condition of your flock, and pay attention to your herds,
24 for wealth is not forever; not even a crown lasts for all time.
25 When hay is removed and new growth appears and the grain from the hills is gathered in,
26 lambs will provide your clothing, and goats, the price of a field;
27 there will be enough goat’s milk for your food — food for your household and nourishment for your female servants.
Proverbs 27:1-27 (HCSB)
9 Then He said, “Anyone who has ears to hear should listen!”
10 When He was alone with the Twelve, those who were around Him asked Him about the parables.
11 He answered them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those outside, everything comes in parables
12 so that they may look and look, yet not perceive; they may listen and listen, yet not understand; otherwise, they might turn back — and be forgiven.”
13 Then He said to them: Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any of the parables?
Mark 4:9-13 (HCSB)
23 Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men,
24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24 (HCSB)
3 In the same way, older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. They are to teach what is good,
4 so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and to love their children,
5 to be self-controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered.
Titus 2:3-5 (HCSB)