Mishlei - Proverbs 27


1Boast not thyself of to-morrow;For thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
2Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth;A stranger, and not thine own lips.
3A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty;But a fool’s vexation is heavier than they both.
4Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming;But who is able to stand before jealousy?
5Better is open rebukeThan love that is hidden.
6Faithful are the wounds of a friend;But the kisses of an enemy are importunate.
7The full soul loatheth a honeycomb;But to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8As a bird that wandereth from her nest,So is a man that wandereth from his place.
9Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart;So doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
10Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not;Neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity;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 that taunteth me.
12A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself;But the thoughtless pass on, and are punished.
13Take his garment that is surety for a stranger;And hold him in pledge that is surety for an alien woman.
14He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,It shall be counted a curse to him.
15A continual dropping in a very rainy dayAnd a contentious woman are alike;
16He that would hide her hideth the wind,And the ointment of his right hand betrayeth itself.
17Iron sharpeneth iron;So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
18Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof;And he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
19As in water face answereth to face,So the heart of man to man.
20The nether-world and Destruction are never satiated;So the eyes of man are never satiated.
21The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold,And a man is tried by his praise.
22Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar with a pestle among groats,Yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks,And look well to thy herds;
24For riches are not for ever;And doth the crown endure unto all generations?
25When the hay is mown, and the tender grass showeth itself,And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in;
26The lambs will be for thy clothing,And the goats the price for a field.
27And there will be goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household;And maintenance for thy maidens.