Proverbs 27

More Proverbs of Solomon

1 Do a not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2 b Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
But a fool's wrath is heavier than both of them.
4 Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent,
But c who is able to stand before jealousy?
5 d Open rebuke is better
Than love carefully concealed.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are e deceitful.
7 A satisfied soul 1 loathes the honeycomb,
But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8 Like a bird that wanders from its nest
Is a man who wanders from his place.
9 Ointment and perfume delight the heart,
And the sweetness of a man's friend gives delight by 2 hearty counsel.
10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend,
Nor go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity;
f Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad,
g That I may answer him who reproaches me.
12 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself;
The simple pass on and are h punished.
13 Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger,
And hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.
14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,
It will be counted a curse to him.
15 A i continual dripping on a very rainy day
And a contentious woman are alike;
16 Whoever 3 restrains her restrains the wind,
And grasps oil with his right hand.
17 As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
18 j Whoever 4 keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit;
So he who waits on his master will be honored.
19 As in water face reflects face,
So a man's heart reveals the man.
20 k Hell 5 and 6 Destruction are never full;
So l the eyes of man are never satisfied.
21 m The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
And a man is valued by what others say of him.
22 n Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain,
Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

23 Be diligent to know the state of your o flocks,
And attend to your herds;
24 For riches are not forever,
Nor does a crown endure to all generations.
25 p When the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself,
And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,
26 The lambs will provide your clothing,
And the goats the price of a field;
27 You shall have enough goats' milk for your food,
For the food of your household,
And the nourishment of your maidservants.

  1. Cross References
    Luke 12:19 - 21
    'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry."'
    James 4:13 - 16
    Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit".
  2. Cross References
    Proverbs 25:27
    It is not good to eat much honey; So to seek one's own glory is not glory.
    2 Corinthians 10:12
    For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
    2 Corinthians 10:18
    For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends.
    2 Corinthians 12:11
    I have become a fool in boasting; you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was I behind the most eminent apostles, though I am nothing.
  3. Cross References
    Proverbs 6:34
    For jealousy is a husband's fury; Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
    1 John 3:12
    Not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother's righteous.
  4. Cross References
    Proverbs 28:23
    He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward Than he who flatters with the tongue.
    Galatians 2:14
    But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, "If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?
  5. Cross References
    Matthew 26:49
    Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed Him.
  6. Cross References
    Proverbs 17:17
    A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
    Proverbs 18:24
    A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
  7. Cross References
    Proverbs 10:1
    The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother.
    Proverbs 23:15 - 26
    My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice - indeed, I myself.
  8. Cross References
    Proverbs 22:3
    A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished.
  9. Cross References
    Proverbs 19:13
    A foolish son is the ruin of his father, And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.
  10. Cross References
    2 Kings 18:31
    Do not listen to Hezekiah; for thus says the ki...
    Song of Solomon 8:12
    My own vineyard is before me. You, O Solomon, m...
    Isaiah 36:16
    Do not listen to Hezekiah; for thus says the ki...
    1 Corinthians 3:8
    Now he who plants and he who waters are one, an...
    1 Corinthians 9:7 - 13
    Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who pl...
    2 Timothy 2:6
    The hardworking farmer must be first to partake...
  11. Cross References
    Proverbs 30:15
    The leech has two daughters - Give and Give! There are three things that are never satisfied, Four never say, "Enough!":
    Proverbs 30:16
    The grave, The barren womb, The earth that is not satisfied with water - And the fire never says, "Enough!
    Habakkuk 2:5
    Indeed, because he transgresses by wine, He is a proud man, And he does not stay at home. Because he enlarges his desire as hell, And he is like death, and cannot be satisfied, He gathers to himself all nations And heaps up for himself all peoples.
  12. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 1:8
    All things are full of labor; Man cannot express it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor the ear filled with hearing.
    Ecclesiastes 4:8
    There is one alone, without companion: He has neither son nor brother. Yet there is no end to all his labors, Nor is his eye satisfied with riches. But he never asks, "For whom do I toil and deprive myself of good?" This also is vanity and a grave misfortune.
  13. Cross References
    Proverbs 17:3
    The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests the hearts.
  14. Cross References
    Proverbs 23:35
    "They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?"
    Proverbs 26:11
    As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.
    Jeremiah 5:3
    O LORD, are not Your eyes on the truth? You have stricken them, But they have not grieved; You have consumed them, But they have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; They have refused to return.
  15. Cross References
    Proverbs 24:27
    Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 104:14
    He causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the service of man, That he may bring forth food from the earth.
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