Proverbs 27:5–6; Proverbs 27:9–10; Proverbs 27:14; Proverbs 27:17

cBetter is open rebuke

than hidden love.

Faithful are dthe wounds of a friend;

profuse are the kisses of an enemy.


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,

and do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity.

iBetter is a neighbor who is near

than a brother who is far away.


14  Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,

rising early in the morning,

will be counted as cursing.


17  Iron sharpens iron,

and one man sharpens another.1