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Proverbs 27 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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My Son, Be Wise
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:1 - Do not boast about tomorrow,
For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:2 - Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:3 - A stone is heavy and sand is weighty,
But a fool’s wrath is heavier than both of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:4 - Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent,
But who is able to stand before jealousy?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:5 - Open rebuke is better
Than love carefully concealed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:6 - Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:7 - A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb,
But to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:8 - Like a bird that wanders from its nest
Is a man who wanders from his place.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:9 - Ointment and perfume delight the heart,
And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by hearty counsel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:10 - Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend,
Nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:11 - My son, be wise, and make my heart glad,
That I may answer him who reproaches me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:12 - A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself;
The simple pass on and are punished.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:13 - Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger,
And hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:14 - He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,
It will be counted a curse to him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:15 - A continual dripping on a very rainy day
And a contentious woman are alike;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:16 - Whoever restrains her restrains the wind,
And grasps oil with his right hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:17 - As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:18 - Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit;
So he who waits on his master will be honored.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:19 - As in water face reflects face,
So a man’s heart reveals the man.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:20 - Hell[fn] and Destruction[fn] are never full;
So the eyes of man are never satisfied.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:21 - The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
And a man is valued by what others say of him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:22 - Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain,
Yet his foolishness will not depart from him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:23 - Be diligent to know the state of your flocks,
And attend to your herds;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:24 - For riches are not forever,
Nor does a crown endure to all generations.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:25 - When the hay is removed, and the tender grass shows itself,
And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:26 - The lambs will provide your clothing,
And the goats the price of a field;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 27:27 - You shall have enough goats’ milk for your food,
For the food of your household,
And the nourishment of your maidservants.
NKJV Footnotes
Or Sheol
Hebrew Abaddon

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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