Proverbs 27
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1Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.1Never brag about the day to come, because you don't know what it might bring.
2Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips.2Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth; a stranger, and never your own lips.
3A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.3Rocks are heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool's provocation outweighs them both.
4Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before jealousy?4Wrath can be fierce and anger overwhelms but who can stand up to jealousy?
5Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed.5An open rebuke is better than unspoken love.
6Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.6Wounds from someone who loves are trustworthy, but kisses from an enemy speak volumes.
7A sated man loathes honey, But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet.7The person who is full spurns honey, but to a hungry person even the bitter seems sweet.
8Like a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who wanders from his home.8Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who wanders away from his home.
9Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man's counsel is sweet to his friend.9Ointments and perfume encourage the heart; in a similar way, a friend's advice is sweet to the soul.
10Do not forsake your own friend or 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 far away.10Never abandon your friend nor your father's friend, and don't go to your brother's house in times of trouble. A neighbor who is near is better than a brother who lives far away.
11Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may reply to him who reproaches me.11Be wise, my son, and make me happy, so I can reply to anyone who insults me.
12A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty.12Those who are prudent see danger and take refuge, but the na´ve continue on and suffer the consequences.
13Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge.13Take the coat of anyone who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if he cosigns for an immoral woman.
14He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, It will be reckoned a curse to him.14A friend's loud blessing early in the morning will be thought of as a curse.
15A constant dripping on a day of steady rain And a contentious woman are alike;15A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious wife are alike.
16He who would restrain her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand.16Trying to keep her in check is like stopping a wind storm or grabbing oil with your right hand.
17Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.17Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens a friend's character.
18He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored.18Whoever nurtures the fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever obeys his master will be honored.
19As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.19Just as water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.
20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.20Sheol and Abaddon are never satiated, and neither are human eyes.
21The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each is tested by the praise accorded him.21As the crucible tests silver, and the furnace assays gold; so praise received tests a man.
22Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.22Though you crush a fool in a mortar and pestle as someone might crush grain, his stupidity still won't leave him.
23Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds;23Keep well informed of the condition of your flocks and pay attention to your herds,
24For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations.24because riches don't endure forever, and crowns don't last from one generation to the next.
25When the grass disappears, the new growth is seen, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,25When the grass disappears, and new growth appears, the mountain spices will be harvested,
26The lambs will be for your clothing, And the goats will bring the price of a field,26the lambs will supply your clothing, and your goats the price of a field.
27And there will be goats' milk enough for your food, For the food of your household, And sustenance for your maidens.27You will have enough goat's milk to drink and to supply your household needs, as well as sustenance for your servant girls.
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