Proverbs 27:1-Proverbs 30:1 - All About Life
1 Never brag about the day to come, because you don't know what it might bring.
2 Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth; a stranger, and never your own lips.
3 Rocks are heavy, and sand is weighty, but a fool's provocation outweighs them both.
4 Wrath can be fierce and anger overwhelms but who can stand up to jealousy?
5 An open rebuke is better than unspoken love.
6 Wounds from someone who loves are trustworthy, but kisses from an enemy speak volumes.
7 The person who is full spurns honey, but to a hungry person even the bitter seems sweet.
8 Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who wanders away from his home.
9 Ointments and perfume encourage the heart; in a similar way, a friend's advice is sweet to the soul.
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.
11 Be wise, my son, and make me happy, so I can reply to anyone who insults me.
12 Those who are prudent see danger and take refuge, but the naive continue on and suffer the consequences.
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 A friend's loud blessing early in the morning will be thought of as a curse.
15 A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious wife are alike.
16 Trying to keep her in check is like stopping a wind storm or grabbing oil with your right hand.
17 Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens a friend's character.
18 Whoever nurtures the fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever obeys his master will be honored.
19 Just as water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.
20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satiated, and neither are human eyes.
21 As the crucible tests silver, and the furnace assays gold; so praise received tests a man.
22 Though you crush a fool in a mortar and pestle as someone might crush grain, his stupidity still won't leave him.
23 Keep well informed of the condition of your flocks and pay attention to your herds,
24 because riches don't endure forever, and crowns don't last from one generation to the next.
25 When the grass disappears, and new growth appears, the mountain spices will be harvested,
26 the lambs will supply your clothing, and your goats the price of a field.
27 You will have enough goat's milk to drink and to supply your household needs, as well as sustenance for your servant girls.
1 The wicked flee, though no one pursues, but the righteous are bold like a lion.
2 When a land transgresses, it gains a succession of leaders, but with an understanding and knowledgeable man, its stability endures.
3 A poor man who oppresses the weak is like a rainstorm that destroys all the crops.
4 Those who forsake the Law praise the wicked, but whoever keeps it fights them.
5 Evil men don't understand justice, but whoever seeks the LORD understands it all.
6 It's better to be poor and live a blameless life than to be rich but crooked in one's lifestyle.
7 Whoever keeps the Law is a discerning son, but whoever keeps company with gluttons brings shame to his father.
8 Whoever gains wealth by charging exorbitant interest collects it for someone who is kind to the poor.
9 If someone quits listening to the Law even his prayer is detestable.
10 Whoever misleads the upright along an evil way will himself fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good.
11 The rich man may be wise in his own opinion; but a discerning, poor man sees through him.
12 When the righteous are victorious, there is great glory, but when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.
13 Whoever hides his transgressions will not succeed, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will find mercy.
14 Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into disaster.
15 A roaring lion and a charging bear that's what a wicked tyrant is over poor people.
16 A Commander-in-Chief who is a cruel oppressor lacks understanding, but whoever hates unjust gain will live longer.
17 A guilty man tormented by bloodshed will be a lifelong fugitive; let no one support him.
18 Whoever lives blamelessly will be delivered, but whoever is perverted will fall without warning.
19 Whoever works his farmland will have abundant food, but whoever chases fantasies will become very poor.
20 The faithful man will prosper with blessings, but whoever is in a hurry to get rich will not escape punishment.
21 To show partiality isn't good, yet for a piece of bread the valiant will transgress.
22 The miser is in a hurry to get wealthy, but he isn't aware that poverty will catch up with him.
23 Whoever rebukes a man will later on find more favor than someone who flatters with his words.
24 Whoever steals from his father or mother but claims, "It's no sin," is a companion to someone who demolishes.
25 An arrogant man stirs up dissension, but anyone who trusts in the LORD prospers.
26 Whoever trusts in himself is foolish, but whoever lives wisely will be kept safe.
27 Whoever gives to the poor will never lack, but whoever shuts his eyes to their poverty will be cursed.
28 When the wicked rise to power, people hide themselves, but when the wicked perish, the righteous increase.
1 After many rebukes, the stiff-necked man will be broken incurably, without any warning.
2 As the righteous grow powerful, people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, people groan.
3 The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but anyone who consorts with immoral women squanders his wealth.
4 A king brings stability to a land through justice, but a man who takes bribes brings it to ruin.
5 A strong man who flatters his neighbor is setting a trap where he walks.
6 An evil man is trapped by transgression, but the righteous person sings and rejoices.
7 The righteous person is concerned about the poor; but the wicked don't understand what they need to know.
8 Scornful men enflame a city, but the wise defuse anger.
9 When a wise man has a dispute with a fool, the fool either rages or laughs without relief.
10 Bloodthirsty men hate the innocent person, but the upright show concern for his life.
11 The fool vents all his feelings, but the wise person keeps them to himself.
12 When a ruler is listening to lies, all of his officials tend to become wicked.
13 The poor man and the oppressor have this in common: the LORD gave them both eyes with which to see.
14 When a king faithfully administers justice to the poor, his throne will be established forever.
15 The rod and rebuke bestow wisdom, but an undisciplined child brings shame to his mother.
16 As the wicked grow powerful, transgression increases, but the righteous will observe their downfall.
17 Correct your son and he will comfort you; he will also delight your soul.
18 Without prophetic vision, people abandon restraint, but those who obey the Law are happy.
19 By mere words a servant will not be corrected; even though he understands, there will be no response.
20 Do you see a man who speaks hastily? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
21 If you pamper a servant from his childhood, later on he'll become ungrateful.
22 An angry man stirs up arguments, and a hot-tempered man causes many transgressions.
23 A person's pride will bring about his downfall, but the humble in spirit will gain honor.
24 A thief's accomplice hates himself; though testifying under oath, he reveals nothing.
25 Fearing any human being is a trap, but confiding in the LORD keeps anyone safe.
26 Many seek a ruler's favor, but justice for a man comes from the LORD.
27 The unjust man is detestable to the righteous, and whoever lives blamelessly is detestable to the wicked.
1 A discourse by the faithful collector. This is what this valiant man declared to the God with me, to the God with me, who then prevailed: