Proverbs 27
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1Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.1Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
2Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.2Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
3A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, But a fool’s wrath is heavier than both of them.3A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
4Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?4Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
5Open rebuke is better Than love carefully concealed.5Open rebuke is better than secret love.
6Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.6Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
7A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.7The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8Like a bird that wanders from its nest Is a man who wanders from his place.8As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
9Ointment and perfume delight the heart, And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.9Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
10Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend, Nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity; Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.10Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.
11My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, That I may answer him who reproaches me.11My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
12A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are punished.12A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
13Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger, And hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.13Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
14He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, It will be counted a curse to him.14He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
15A continual dripping on a very rainy day And a contentious woman are alike;15A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
16Whoever restrains her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand.16Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
17As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.17Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
18Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit; So he who waits on his master will be honored.18Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
19As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man.19As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
20Hell and Destruction are never full; So the eyes of man are never satisfied.20Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
21The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, And a man is valued by what others say of him.21As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
22Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.22Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, And attend to your herds;23Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
24For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations.24For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
25When the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,25The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
26The lambs will provide your clothing, And the goats the price of a field;26The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
27You shall have enough goats’ milk for your food, For the food of your household, And the nourishment of your maidservants.27And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
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