Proverbs 27

27:1 Do not boast1 about tomorrow;2

for you do not know3 what a day may bring forth.

27:2 Let another4 praise you, and not your own mouth;5

someone else,6 and not your own lips.

27:3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,

but vexation7 by a fool is more burdensome8 than the two of them.

27:4 Wrath is cruel and anger is overwhelming,9

but who can stand before jealousy?10

27:5 Better is open11 rebuke

than hidden12 love.

27:6 Faithful13 are the wounds of a friend,

but the kisses14 of an enemy are excessive.15

27:7 The one whose appetite16 is satisfied loathes honey,

but to the hungry mouth17 every bitter thing is sweet.

27:8 Like a bird that wanders18 from its nest,

so is a person who wanders from his home.19

27:9 Ointment and incense make the heart rejoice,20

likewise the sweetness of one’s friend from sincere counsel.21

27:10 Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend,

and do not enter your brother’s house in the day of your disaster;

a neighbor nearby is better than a brother far away.22

27:11 Be wise, my son,23 and make my heart glad,

so that I may answer24 anyone who taunts me.25

27:12 A shrewd person sees danger and hides himself,

but the naive keep right on going26 and suffer for it.

27:13 Take a man’s27 garment when he has given security for a stranger,

and when he gives surety for a stranger,28 hold him in pledge.29

27:14 If someone blesses30 his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning,31

it will be counted as a curse to him.32

27:15 A continual dripping on a rainy day

and a contentious wife33 are alike.34

27:16 Whoever hides her hides the wind35

or grasps36 oil with his right hand.37

27:17 As38 iron sharpens39 iron,

so a person40 sharpens his friend.41

27:18 The one who tends a fig tree42 will eat its fruit,43

and whoever takes care of44 his master will be honored.

27:19 As in water the face is reflected as a face,45

so a person’s heart46 reflects the person.

27:20 As47 Death and Destruction are never satisfied,48

so the eyes of a person49 are never satisfied.50

27:21 As the crucible is for silver and the furnace is for gold,51

so a person52 is proved53 by the praise he receives.54

27:22 If you should pound55 the fool in the mortar

among the grain56 with the pestle,

his foolishness would not depart from him.57

27:23 Pay careful attention to58 the condition of your flocks,59

give careful attention60 to your herds,

27:24 for riches do not last61 forever,

nor does a crown last62 from generation to generation.

27:25 When the hay is removed and new grass appears,

and the grass from the hills is gathered in,

27:26 the lambs will be for your clothing,

and the goats will be for the price of a field.63

27:27 And there will be enough goat’s milk for your food,64

for the food of your household,

and for the sustenance65 of your servant girls.

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