Old Testament

Proverbs 27
271Do not boast about tomorrow,
because you do not know what a day may produce.
2Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—
a stranger, not your own lips.
3A stone is heavy and sand is a burden,
but aggravation from a stubborn fool is heavier than both.
4Cruel wrath and a flood of anger are devastating,
but who can stand up against jealousy?
5Open correction is better than concealed love.
6Wounds from someone who loves you can be trusted,
but the kisses of someone who hates you are too much.[]
7A satisfied appetite refuses honey,
but to a hungry appetite, everything bitter tastes sweet.
8A person who wanders from his place
is like a bird that wanders from its nest.
9Olive oil and incense bring joy to a heart,
and the sweetness of a friend comes from his sincere advice.[]
10Do not abandon your friend or your father's friend,
and do not go to your brother's house when disaster strikes you.
A neighbor who is near is better than a brother who is far away.
11Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart,
so that I may answer anyone who taunts me.
12A sensible person sees trouble and hides,
but naïve people keep going and pay the penalty.
13Take the garment of someone who guarantees a loan for a stranger.
Keep it when someone pledges it on behalf of an immoral woman.
14When someone blesses his neighbor in a loud voice early in the morning,
it will be regarded as a curse.
15Constantly dripping water on a rainy day
and a nagging wife are alike.
16Trying to hold her back is like holding back the wind,
like grasping oil with your right hand.[]
17Iron sharpens iron,
and a man sharpens the insight of his friend.
18A person who tends a fig tree eats its fruit,
and a person who takes care of his master will be honored.
19As water reflects a person's face,
so a person's heart reflects the person.
20Death and Destruction[] are never satisfied,
and a person's eyes are never satisfied.
21A crucible is for refining silver and a smelter is for gold,
and a person is tested by his praise.[]
22Even if you grind a stubborn fool
like grain with a mortar and pestle,
his stupidity will not leave him.
23Be certain that you know the condition of your flock very well.
Pay attention to your herds,
24because wealth is not forever,
nor does a crown pass from generation to generation.
25The hay is removed and new growth appears,
and grass from the mountains is gathered in.
26Lambs provide wool for your clothing,
and the price of the field can be earned from the goats.
27What's more, there will be enough goats' milk for your food,
for your household's food,
and to maintain the life of your servant girls.


  • 27:6 Or are deceitful
  • 27:9 Or is better than your own advice
  • 27:16 The verse is difficult. Literally it reads those who hide her hide the wind, and he calls his right hand oil.
  • 27:20 Hebrew Sheol and Abaddon
  • 27:21 his praise is either the praise he gives or the praise he receives