Proverbs 27
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1Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.1Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will 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, not your own lips.
3Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both.3A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.
4Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, 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 hidden love.5An open rebuke is better than hidden love!
6Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.6Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
7One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.7A person who is full refuses honey, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry.
8Like a bird that flees its nest is anyone who flees from home.8A person who strays from home is like a bird that strays from its nest.
9Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.9The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.
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 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 bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.11Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad. Then I will be able to answer my critics.
12The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.12A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers 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.13Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.
14If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.14A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning will be taken as a curse!
15A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm;15A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day.
16restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.16Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold something with greased hands.
17As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.17As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
18The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their 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 water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart.19As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.
20Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes.20Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied.
21The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but people are tested by their praise.21Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised.
22Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding them like grain with a pestle, you will not remove their folly from them.22You cannot separate fools from their foolishness, even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle.
23Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;23Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds,
24for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.24for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation.
25When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in,25After the hay is harvested and the new crop appears and the mountain grasses are gathered in,
26the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field.26your sheep will provide wool for clothing, and your goats will provide the price of a field.
27You will have plenty of goats' milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.27And you will have enough goats’ milk for yourself, your family, and your servant girls.
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