Proverbs 27

English Standard Version

1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. (Lu 12:19; Jas 4:13) 2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips. (Pr 25:27; 2Co 10:12; 2Co 10:18; 2Co 12:11) 3 A stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool’s provocation is heavier than both. (Pr 12:16; Pr 17:12) 4 Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? (Pr 6:34) 5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. (Pr 28:23) 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. (Ps 141:5) 7 One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet. (Pr 25:16) 8 Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home. (Pr 26:2) 9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.[1] (Ps 23:5) 10 Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away. (1Ki 12:6; 2Ch 10:6; Pr 17:17) 11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me. (Ps 119:42; Ps 127:5; Pr 6:6; Pr 10:1; Pr 23:15; Pr 23:24; Pr 29:3) 12 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. (Pr 1:4; Pr 22:3) 13 Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for an adulteress.[2] (Pr 20:16) 14 Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing. 15 A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike; (Pr 19:13) 16 to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp[3] oil in one’s right hand. 17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.[4] 18 Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored. (So 8:12; Mt 25:21; 1Co 3:8; 1Co 9:7; 2Ti 2:6) 19 As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man. 20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man. (Job 26:6; Pr 1:12; Pr 15:11; Pr 30:15; Ec 1:8; Ec 4:8; Hab 2:5) 21 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is tested by his praise. (Pr 17:3) 22 Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him. (Pr 23:35; Isa 1:5; Jer 5:3) 23 Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, (Joh 10:3; Joh 10:14; Ac 20:28; 1Pe 5:2; 1Pe 5:4) 24 for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations? (Pr 23:5) 25 When the grass is gone and the new growth appears and the vegetation of the mountains is gathered, (Ps 37:2; Ps 90:5) 26 the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field. (1Ti 6:8) 27 There will be enough goats’ milk for your food, for the food of your household and maintenance for your girls. (Pr 27:26)