Proverbs 271 Boast not thyself of to-morrow; For thou knowest 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 they both. 4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is ▼ overwhelming; But who is able to stand before jealousy? ▼
▼ 1) Heb a flood5 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 ▼ loatheth a honeycomb; But to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. ▼
▼ 1) Heb trampleth upon8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, So is a man that wandereth from his place. 9 Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; So doth the sweetness of a man’s friend that cometh of hearty counsel. 10 Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; And go not to thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: 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 reproacheth me. 12 A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it. 13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge that is surety for a foreign woman. 14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, It shall be counted a curse to him. 15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day And a contentious woman are alike: 16 He that would ▼ restrain her ▼
▼ 2restraineth the wind; And ▼
▼ 3his right hand encountereth oil. ▼
▼ 1) Heb hide 2) Heb hideth 3) Or the oil of his right hand betrayeth itself17 Iron sharpeneth iron; So a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. 18 Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; And he that regardeth his master shall be honored. 19 ▼ As in water face answereth to face, So the heart of man to man. ▼
▼ 1) Or As water showeth face to face, so the heart showeth man to 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. ▼
▼ 1) Or that which he praiseth ; Or that whereof he boasteth22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with bruised grain, Yet will not his foolishness 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 for ever: And doth the crown endure unto all generations? 25 The ▼ hay is carried, and the tender grass showeth itself, And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in. ▼
▼ 1) Heb grass26 The lambs are for thy clothing, And the goats are the price of the field; 27 And there will be goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, And maintenance for thy maidens.
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