Proverbs 27:1-Proverbs 30:1 - All About Life

1 Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou know 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 vexation is heavier than both.

4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming, but who is able to stand before jealousy?

5 Better is open rebuke than love that is hidden.

6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are profuse.

7 The full soul loathes a honeycomb, but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

8 As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man who wanders from his place.

9 Oil and perfume rejoice the heart, so [too] the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

10 Forsake not thine own friend, and thy father's friend. And go not to thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity. Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far off.

11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.

12 A prudent man sees the evil, [and] hides himself. The simple pass on, [and] suffer for it.

13 Take his garment who is surety for a stranger, and hold him in pledge [who is surety] for a strange woman.

14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be considered a curse to him.

15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day, and a contentious woman are alike.

16 He who would restrain her restrains the wind, and his right hand encounters oil.

17 Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

18 He who keeps the fig tree shall eat the fruit of it, and he who regards his master shall be honored.

19 As in water face [is] to face, so the heart of a man [is] to a man.

20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and the eyes of man are never satisfied.

21 The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, and a man is [tried] by his praise.

22 Though thou should pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his foolishness will not depart from him.

23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, [and] look well to thy herds.

24 For riches are not forever. And does the crown endure to all generations?

25 The hay is carried, and the tender grass shows itself, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in.

26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the cost of the field.

27 And [then will be] goats' milk enough for thy food; for the food of thy household, and maintenance for thy maidens.

1 A wicked man flees when no man pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.

2 For the transgression of a land many are the rulers of it. But by men of understanding [and] knowledge the state shall be prolonged.

3 A needy man who oppresses the poor is a sweeping rain which leaves no food.

4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them.

5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek LORD understand all things.

6 Better is the poor man who walks in his integrity, than he who is perverse in [his] ways, though he be rich.

7 He who keeps the law is a wise son, but he who is a companion of gluttons shames his father.

8 He who augments his substance by interest and increase, gathers it for him who has pity on the poor.

9 He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

10 He who causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit. But the perfect shall inherit good.

11 The rich man is wise in his own conceit, but a poor man who has understanding searches him out.

12 When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, men hide themselves.

13 He who covers his transgressions shall not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them shall obtain mercy.

14 Happy is the man who fears always, but he who hardens his heart shall fall into mischief.

15 A roaring lion, and a ranging bear, [is] a wicked ruler over a poor people.

16 The ruler who lacks understanding is also a great oppressor, [but] he who hates covetousness shall prolong his days.

17 A man who is laden with the blood of any person shall flee to the pit. Let no man stay him.

18 He who walks uprightly shall be delivered, but he who is perverse in [his] ways shall fall at once.

19 He who tills his land shall have plenty of bread, but he who follows after vanity shall have poverty enough.

20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich shall not be unpunished.

21 To have respect of persons is not good, nor that a man should transgress for a piece of bread.

22 He who has an evil eye hastens after riches, and does not know that want shall come upon him.

23 He who rebukes a man shall afterward find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue.

24 He who robs his father or his mother, and says, It is no transgression, the same is the companion of a destroyer.

25 He who is of a greedy spirit stirs up strife, but he who puts his trust in LORD shall be made fat.

26 He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely, he shall be delivered.

27 He who gives to the poor shall not lack, but he who hides his eyes shall have many a curse.

28 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.

1 He who, being often reproved, hardens his neck shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

2 When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man bears rule, the people sigh.

3 He who loves wisdom delights his father, but he who keeps company with harlots wastes [his] substance.

4 By justice the king establishes the land, but he who exacts gifts overthrows it.

5 A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his steps.

6 In the transgression of an evil man there is a snare, but a righteous man sings and rejoices.

7 A righteous man takes knowledge of the cause of the poor. A wicked man has no [such] understanding to know.

8 Scoffers set a city in a flame, but wise men turn away wrath.

9 If a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, whether he be angry or laugh, there will be no rest.

10 Bloodthirsty men hate him who is perfect, but the upright seek his soul.

11 A fool utters all his anger, but a wise man keeps it back and calms it.

12 If a ruler hearkens to falsehood, all his servants are wicked.

13 The poor man and the oppressor meet together. LORD enlightens the eyes of them both.

14 The king who faithfully judges the poor, his throne shall be established forever.

15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself causes shame to his mother.

16 When the wicked are increased, transgression increases, but the righteous shall look upon their fall.

17 Correct thy son, and he will give thee rest, yea, he will give delight to thy soul.

18 Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint, but he who keeps the law, happy is he.

19 A servant will not be corrected by words, for though he understands, he will not give heed.

20 See thou a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 He who brings up his servant gently from childhood shall have him become a son at the last.

22 An angry man stirs up strife, and a wrathful man abounds in transgression.

23 A man's pride shall bring him low, but he who is of a lowly spirit shall obtain honor.

24 He who is partner with a thief hates his own soul; he hears the adjuration and utters nothing.

25 The fear of man brings a snare, but he who puts his trust in LORD shall be safe.

26 Many seek the ruler's favor, but a man's justice [is] from LORD.

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to a wicked man.

1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle. The man says to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal: