Chapter 27

1. Boast not yourself of tomorrow; for you know not what a day may bring forth.
2. Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your 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 which is able to stand before jealousy?
5. Open rebuke is better than hidden love.
6. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
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 that wanders from his place.
9. Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so does the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
10. Your own friend, and your father's friend, forsake not; neither go into your brother's house in the day of your calamity: for better is a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.
11. My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproaches me.
12. A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
13. Take his garment who is surety for a stranger, and hold it as a pledge of him for an immoral woman.
14. He that blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
15. A continual dripping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
16. Whosoever restrains her restrains the wind, or grasps oil with his right hand.
17. Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
18. Whosoever keeps the fig tree shall eat its fruit: so he that waits on his master shall be honored.
19. As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man to man.
20. Sheol and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
21. As the refining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man judged by his praise.
22. Though you should crush a fool in a mortar among grain with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
23. Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, and look well to your herds.
24. For riches are not forever: and does the crown endure to every generation?
25. The hay appears, and the tender grass shows itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
26. The lambs are for your clothing, and the goats are for the price of the field.
27. And you shall have goats' milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and for the maintenance for your maidservants.