Proverbs 27
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1Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.1Never brag about the day to come, because you don't know what it might bring.
2Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.2Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth; a stranger, and never your own lips.
3Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.3Rocks are heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool's provocation outweighs them both.
4Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, 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 hidden love.5An open rebuke is better than unspoken love.
6Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.6Wounds from someone who loves are trustworthy, but kisses from an enemy speak volumes.
7One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.7The person who is full spurns honey, but to a hungry person even the bitter seems sweet.
8Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home.8Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who wanders away from his home.
9Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.9Ointments and perfume encourage the heart; in a similar way, a friend's advice is sweet to the soul.
10Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative's house when disaster strikes you-- better a neighbor nearby than a relative 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 bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.11Be wise, my son, and make me happy, so I can reply to anyone who insults me.
12The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.12Those who are prudent see danger and take refuge, but the na´ve continue on and suffer the consequences.
13Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.13Take the coat of anyone who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if he cosigns for an immoral woman.
14If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.14A friend's loud blessing early in the morning will be thought of as a curse.
15A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;15A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious wife are alike.
16restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.16Trying to keep her in check is like stopping a wind storm or grabbing oil with your right hand.
17As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.17Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens a friend's character.
18The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.18Whoever nurtures the fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever obeys his master will be honored.
19As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart.19Just as water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.
20Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.20Sheol and Abaddon are never satiated, and neither are human eyes.
21The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.21As the crucible tests silver, and the furnace assays gold; so praise received tests a man.
22Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them.22Though you crush a fool in a mortar and pestle as someone might crush grain, his stupidity still won't leave him.
23Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;23Keep well informed of the condition of your flocks and pay attention to your herds,
24for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.24because riches don't endure forever, and crowns don't last from one generation to the next.
25When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in,25When the grass disappears, and new growth appears, the mountain spices will be harvested,
26the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field.26the lambs will supply your clothing, and your goats the price of a field.
27You will have plenty of goats' milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.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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Proverbs 26
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