NASB — Proverbs 27 — KJV

Warnings and Instructions

  1 aDo not boast about tomorrow,
  For you bdo not know what a day may bring forth.
  2 Let aanother praise you, and not your own mouth;
  A stranger, and not your own lips.
  3 A stone is heavy and the sand weighty,
  But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.
  4 Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood,
  But awho can stand before jealousy?
  5 Better is aopen rebuke
  Than love that is concealed.
  6 Faithful are the awounds of a friend,
  But Ideceitful are the bkisses of an enemy.
  7 A sated Iman IIloathes honey,
  But to a famished Iman any bitter thing is sweet.
  8 Like a abird that wanders from her nest,
  So is a man who bwanders from his Ihome.
  9 aOil and perfume make the heart glad,
  So a Iman’s counsel is sweet to his friend.
  10 Do not forsake your own afriend or byour 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.
  11 aBe wise, my son, and make my heart glad,
  That I may breply to him who reproaches me.
  12 A prudent man sees evil [and] hides himself,
  The Inaive proceed [and] pay the penalty.
  13 aTake his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger;
  And for an Iadulterous woman hold him in pledge.
  14 aHe who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning,
  It will be reckoned a curse to him.
  15 A aconstant dripping on a day of steady rain
  And a contentious woman are alike;
  16 He who would Irestrain her Irestrains the wind,
  And IIgrasps oil with his right hand.
  17 Iron sharpens iron,
  So one man sharpens another.
  18 He who tends the afig tree will eat its fruit,
  And he who bcares for his master will be honored.
  19 As in water face [reflects] face,
  So the heart of man [reflects] man.
  20 IaSheol and IIAbaddon are bnever satisfied,
  Nor are the ceyes of man ever satisfied.
  21 The acrucible is for silver and the furnace for gold,
  And each b[is tested] by the praise accorded him.
  22 Though you apound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain,
  [Yet] his foolishness will not depart from him.

[1] aJm 4:13-16 bLk 12:19, 20; Jm 4:14
[2] aPv 25:27; 2Co 10:12, 18; 12:11
[4] aPv 6:34; 1 Jn 3:12
[5] aPv 28:23; Ga 2:14
[6] IOr excessive aPs 141:5; Pv 20:30 bMt 26:49
[7] ILit soul IILit tramples on
[8] ILit place aPv 26:2; Is 16:2 bGn 21:14
[9] ILit soul’s aPs 23:5; 141:5
[10] aPv 18:24 b1K 12:6-8; 2Ch 10:6-8
[11] aPv 10:1; 23:15; 29:3 bPs 119:42
[12] ILit simple
[13] ILit strange aPv 20:16
[14] aPs 12:2
[15] aPv 19:13
[16] ILit hide(s) IILit encounters
[18] a2K 18:31; So 8:12; Is 36:16; 1Co 3:8; 9:7; 2Ti 2:6 bLk 12:42-44; 19:17
[20] II.e. The nether world III.e. the place of destruction aJb 26:6; Pv 15:11 bPv 30:15, 16; Hab 2:5 cEc 1:8; 4:8
[21] aPv 17:3 bLk 6:26
[22] aPv 23:35; 26:11; Jr 5:3

  23aKnow well the Icondition of your flocks,
  [And] pay attention to your herds;
  24 For riches are not forever,
  Nor does a acrown [endure] to all generations.
  25 [When] the grass disappears, the new growth is seen,
  And the herbs of the mountains are agathered in,
  26 The lambs [will be] for your clothing,
  And the goats [will bring] the price of a field,
  27 And [there will be] goats’ milk enough for your food,
  For the food of your household,
  And sustenance for your maidens.

[23] ILit face aJr 31:10; Ezk 34:12; Jn 10:3
[24] aJb 19:9; Ps 89:39; Jr 13:18; Lm 5:16; Ezk 21:26
[25] aIs 17:5; Jr 40:10, 12


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Observations of selflove,

1 ¶ Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. 2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. 3 A stone [is] heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath [is] heavier than them both. 4 Wrath [is] cruel, and anger [is] outrageous; but who [is] able to stand before envy?

[1] 1S 28:19; Ps 95:7; Is 56:12; Lk 12:19; 2Co 6:2; Jm 4:13.
[2] Pv 25:27; 2Co 10:12, 18; 12:11.
[3] Gn 34:25; 49:7; 1S 22:18; Es 3:5; Pv 17:12; Dn 3:19; 1Jn 3:12.
[4] Gn 26:14; 37:11; Jb 5:2; Pv 6:34; 14:30; So 8:6; Mt 27:18; Ac 5:17; 7:9; 17:5; Ro 1:29; Jm 1:19; 3:14; 4:5; 1Jn 3:12.

of true love,

5 Open rebuke [is] better than secret love. 6 Faithful [are] the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy [are] deceitful. 7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. 8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so [is] a man that wandereth from his place. 9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so [doth] the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel. 10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: [for] better [is] a neighbour [that is] near than a brother far off.

[5] Lv 19:17; Pv 28:23; Mt 18:15; Ga 2:14; 1Ti 5:20.
[6] 2S 12:7; 20:9; Jb 5:17; Ps 141:5; Pv 10:18; 26:23; Mt 26:48; He 12:10; Rv 3:19.
[7] Nu 11:4, 18; 21:5; Jb 6:7; Lk 15:16; Jn 6:9.
[8] Gn 4:16; 16:6; 1S 22:5; 27:1; 1K 19:9; Ne 6:11; Jb 39:14; Pv 21:16; Is 16:2; Jna 1:3, 10; 1Co 7:20; Jde 1:13.
[9] Ex 18:17; Jg 9:9; 1S 23:16; Ezr 10:2; Ps 45:7; 104:15; 133:2; Pv 7:17; 15:23; 16:21, 23; So 1:3; 3:6; 4:10; Jn 12:3; Ac 28:15; 2Co 2:15.
[10] 2S 19:24, 28; 21:7; 1K 12:6; 2Ch 24:22; Jb 6:21; Pv 17:17; 18:24; 19:7; Is 41:8; Jr 2:5; Ob 1:12; Lk 10:30; Ac 23:12, 23.

of care to avoid offences,

11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me. 12 A prudent [man] foreseeth the evil, [and] hideth himself; [but] the simple pass on, [and] are punished. 13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. 14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him. 15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike. 16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, [which] bewrayeth [itself]. 17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. 18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured. 19 As in water face [answereth] to face, so the heart of man to man. 20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied. 21 [As] the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so [is] a man to his praise. 22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, [yet] will not his foolishness depart from him.

[11] Ps 119:42; 127:4; Pv 10:1; 15:20; 23:15, 24; Ec 2:18; Phm 1:7, 19; 2Jn 1:4.
[12] Ex 9:20; Ps 57:1; Pv 18:10; 22:3; Is 26:20; Mt 3:7; He 6:18; 11:7; 2P 3:7, 10.
[13] Ex 22:26; Pv 6:1; 20:16; 22:26.
[14] 2S 15:2; 16:16; 17:7; 1K 22:6, 13; Jr 28:2; Ac 12:22.
[15] Jb 14:19; Pv 19:13; 21:9, 19; 25:24.
[16] Jn 12:3.
[17] Jsh 1:18; 2:24; 1S 11:9; 13:20; 23:16; 2S 10:11; Jb 4:3; Pv 27:9; Is 35:3; 1Th 3:3; 2Ti 1:8, 12; 2:3, 9; He 10:24; Jm 1:2; 1P 4:12.
[18] Gn 24:2; 39:2, 22; Ex 24:13; 1S 2:30; 2K 3:11; 5:2, 25, 27; Ps 123:2; Pv 17:2; 22:29; So 8:12; Mt 24:25, 46; 25:21; Mk 10:43; Lk 12:37, 43; Jn 12:26; Ac 10:7; 1Co 9:7, 13; Col 3:22; 1P 2:18, 21.
[19] Gn 6:5; Ps 33:15; Mk 7:21; Jm 1:22.
[20] Pv 23:5; 30:15; Ec 1:8; 2:10; 5:10; 6:7; Jr 22:17; Hab 2:5; 1Jn 2:16.
[21] 1S 18:7, 15, 30; 2S 14:25; 15:6; Ps 12:6; 66:10; Pv 17:3; Zc 13:9; Mal 3:3; 1P 1:7; 4:12.
[22] Ex 12:30; 14:5; 15:9; 2Ch 28:22; Pv 23:35; Is 1:5; Jr 5:3; 44:15; Rv 16:10.

and of the household care.

23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, [and] look well to thy herds. 24 For riches [are] not for ever: and doth the crown [endure] to every generation? 25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. 26 The lambs [are] for thy clothing, and the goats [are] the price of the field. 27 And [thou shalt have] goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and [for] the maintenance for thy maidens.

[23] Gn 31:38; 33:13; Ex 7:23; Dt 32:46; 1S 17:28; 1Ch 27:29; 2Ch 26:10; Pv 24:32; Ezk 34:22, 31; Jn 21:15; 1P 5:2.
[24] 2S 7:16; Ps 89:36; Pv 23:5; Is 9:7; Zp 1:18; 1Ti 6:17; Jm 1:10.
[25] Ps 104:14; Pv 10:5.
[26] Jb 31:20.
[27] Pv 30:8; Mt 6:33.


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