Proverbs 27
New American Standard Bible 1995New Living Translation
1Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.1Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will 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, not your own lips.
3A stone is heavy and the sand weighty, But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.3A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.
4Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, But who can stand before jealousy?4Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous.
5Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed.5An open rebuke is better than hidden love!
6Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.6Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
7A sated man loathes honey, But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet.7A person who is full refuses honey, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry.
8Like a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who wanders from his home.8A person who strays from home is like a bird that strays from its nest.
9Oil and perfume make the heart glad, So a man's counsel is sweet to his friend.9The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.
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 a friend— either yours or your father’s. When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance. It’s better to go to a neighbor than to 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 child, and make my heart glad. Then I will be able to answer my critics.
12A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty.12A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
13Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge.13Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.
14He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, It will be reckoned a curse to him.14A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning will be taken as a curse!
15A constant dripping on a day of steady rain And a contentious woman are alike;15A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day.
16He who would restrain her restrains the wind, And grasps oil with his right hand.16Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold something with greased hands.
17Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.17As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
18He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit, And he who cares for his master will be honored.18As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded.
19As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.19As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.
20Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.20Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied.
21The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold, And each is tested by the praise accorded him.21Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised.
22Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.22You cannot separate fools from their foolishness, even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle.
23Know well the condition of your flocks, And pay attention to your herds;23Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds,
24For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations.24for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation.
25When the grass disappears, the new growth is seen, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,25After the hay is harvested and the new crop appears and the mountain grasses are gathered in,
26The lambs will be for your clothing, And the goats will bring the price of a field,26your sheep will provide wool for clothing, and your goats will provide 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.27And you will have enough goats’ milk for yourself, your family, and your servant girls.
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Proverbs 26
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