1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
1 Never brag about the day to come, because you don't know what it might bring.
2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
2 Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth; a stranger, and never your own lips.
2 Let another 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.
3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
3 A stone is heavy and sand, a burden,but aggravation from a fool outweighs them both.
3 Rocks are heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool's provocation outweighs them both.
3 Stone is heavy and the sand weighty,But a fool’s [unreasonable] wrath is heavier and more burdensome than both of them.
4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?
4 Wrath can be fierce and anger overwhelms but who can stand up to jealousy?
4 Wrath is cruel and anger is an overwhelming flood,But who is able to endure and stand before [the sin of] jealousy?
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
6 Wounds from someone who loves are trustworthy, but kisses from an enemy speak volumes.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend [who corrects out of love and concern],But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful [because they serve his hidden agenda].
7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
7 The person who is full spurns honey, but to a hungry person even the bitter seems sweet.
7 He who is satisfied loathes honey,But to the hungry soul any bitter thing is sweet.
8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
8 Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who wanders away from his home.
8 Like a bird that wanders from her nest [with its comfort and safety],So is a man who wanders from his home.
9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
9 Ointments and perfume encourage the heart; in a similar way, a friend's advice is sweet to the soul.
9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad;So does the sweetness of a friend’s counsel that comes from the heart.
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.
10 Never 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.
10 Do not abandon your own friend and your father’s friend,And do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your disaster.Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.
11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
11 Be wise, my son, and make me happy, so I can reply to anyone who insults me.
12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
12 Those who are prudent see danger and take refuge, but the naive continue on and suffer the consequences.
13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
13 Take the coat of anyone who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if he cosigns for an immoral woman.
14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
14 If one blesses his neighborwith a loud voice early in the morning,it will be counted as a curse to him.
14 A friend's loud blessing early in the morning will be thought of as a curse.
14 He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice early in the morning,It will be counted as a curse to him [for it will either be annoying or his purpose will be suspect].
15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
15 A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious wife are alike.
16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
16 The one who controls her controls the windand grasps oil with his right hand.
16 Trying to keep her in check is like stopping a wind storm or grabbing oil with your right hand.
16 Whoever attempts to restrain her [criticism] might as well try to stop the wind,And grasps oil with his right hand.
17 Iron sharpens iron,So one man sharpens another.
17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
17 Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens a friend's character.
17 As iron sharpens iron,So one man sharpens [and influences] another [through discussion].
18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
18 Whoever nurtures the fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever obeys his master will be honored.
19 As in water face reflects face,So the heart of man reflects man.
19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
19 As water reflects the face,so the heart reflects the person.
19 Just as water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.
19 As in water face reflects face,So the heart of man reflects man.
20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satiated, and neither are human eyes.
21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
21 As the crucible tests silver, and the furnace assays gold; so praise received tests a man.
21 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold [to separate the impurities of the metal],And each is tested by the praise given to him [and his response to it, whether humble or proud].
22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
22 Though you crush a fool in a mortar and pestle as someone might crush grain, his stupidity still won't leave him.
22 Even though you pound a [hardened, arrogant] fool [who rejects wisdom] in a mortar with a pestle like grain,Yet his foolishness will not leave him.
23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
23 Keep well informed of the condition of your flocks and pay attention to your herds,
23 Be diligent to know the condition of your flocks,And pay attention to your herds;
24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?
24 because riches don't endure forever, and crowns don't last from one generation to the next.
24 For riches are not forever,Nor does a crown endure to all generations.
25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
25 When hay is removed and new growth appearsand the grain from the hills is gathered in,
25 When the grass disappears, and new growth appears, the mountain spices will be harvested,
25 When the grass is gone, the new growth is seen,And herbs of the mountain are gathered in,
26 The lambs will be for your clothing,And the goats will bring the price of a field,
26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
26 lambs will provide your clothing,and goats, the price of a field;
26 the lambs will supply your clothing, and your goats the price of a field.
26 The lambs will supply wool 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.
27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.
27 You will have enough goat's milk to drink and to supply your household needs, as well as sustenance for your servant girls.
27 And there will be enough goats’ milk for your food,For the food of your household,And for the maintenance of your maids.
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