Proverbs 27-29 New American Standard Bible

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27 1  Do not boast about tomorrow , For you do not know what a day may bring forth .

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. 4  Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood , But who can stand before jealousy ?

5  Better is open rebuke Than love that is concealed . 6  Faithful are the wounds of a friend , But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy .

7  A sated man loathes honey , But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet .

8  Like a bird that wanders from her nest , So is a man who wanders from his home .

9  Oil and perfume make the heart glad , So a man's counsel is sweet to his friend . 10  Do not forsake your own friend or your father's friend , And do not go to your brother's house in the day of your calamity ; Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.

11  Be wise , my son , and make my heart glad , That I may reply e to him who reproaches me.

12  A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty .

13  Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger ; And for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge .

14  He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning , It will be reckoned a curse to him.

15  A constant dripping on a day of steady rain And a contentious woman are alike ; 16  He who would restrain her restrains the wind , And grasps oil with his right hand .

17  Iron sharpens iron , So one man sharpens another e .

18  He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit , And he who cares for his master will be honored .

19  As in water face reflects face , So the heart of man reflects man .

20  Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied , Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied .

21  The crucible is for silver and the furnace for gold , And each is tested by the praise accorded him.

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

23  Know well the condition of your flocks , And pay attention to your herds ; 24  For riches are not forever , Nor does a crown endure to all generations . 25  When the grass disappears , the new growth is seen , And the herbs of the mountains are gathered in, 26  The lambs will be 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 .

The Wicked and the Righteous

28 1  The wicked flee when no one is pursuing , But the righteous are bold as a lion .

2  By the transgression of a land many are its princes , But by a man of understanding and knowledge , so it endures .

3  A poor man who oppresses the lowly Is like a driving rain which leaves no food .

4  Those who forsake the law praise the wicked , But those who keep the law strive with them.

5  Evil men do not understand justice , But those who seek the Lord understand all things .

6  Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than he who is crooked e though he be rich .

7  He who keeps the law is a discerning son , But he who is a companion of gluttons humiliates his father .

8  He who increases his wealth by interest and usury Gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor .

9  He who turns away his ear from listening to the law , Even his prayer is an abomination .

10  He who leads the upright astray in an evil way Will himself fall into his own pit , But the blameless will inherit good .

11  The rich man is wise in his own eyes , But the poor who has understanding sees through him.

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

13  He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper , But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion .

14  How blessed is the man who fears always , But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity .

15  Like a roaring lion and a rushing bear Is a wicked ruler over a poor people .

16  A leader who is a great oppressor lacks understanding , But he who hates unjust gain will prolong his days .

17  A man who is laden with the guilt of human blood Will be a fugitive until death ; let no one support him.

18  He who walks blamelessly will be delivered , But he who is crooked e will fall all at once .

19  He who tills his land will have plenty of food , But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty .

20  A faithful man will abound with blessings , But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished .

21  To show partiality e is not good , Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress .

22  A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth And does not know that want will come upon him.

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

24  He who robs his father or his mother And says , "It is not a transgression ," Is the companion of a man who destroys .

25  An arrogant man stirs up strife , But he who trusts in the Lord will prosper .

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

27  He who gives to the poor will never want , But he who shuts his eyes will have many curses .

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

29 1  A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy .

2  When the righteous increase , the people rejoice , But when a wicked man rules , people groan .

3  A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad , But he who keeps company with harlots wastes his wealth .

4  The king gives stability to the land by justice , But a man who takes bribes overthrows it.

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

6  By transgression an evil man is ensnared , But the righteous sings and rejoices .

7  The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor , The wicked does not understand such concern .

8  Scorners e set a city aflame , But wise men turn away anger .

9  When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man , The foolish man either rages or laughs , and there is no rest .

10  Men of bloodshed hate the blameless , But the upright are concerned for his life .

11  A fool always loses his temper , But a wise man holds it back .

12  If a ruler pays attention to falsehood , All his ministers become wicked .

13  The poor man and the oppressor e have this in common : The Lord gives light to the eyes of both .

14  If a king judges the poor with truth , His throne will be established forever .

15  The rod and reproof give wisdom , But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother .

16  When the wicked increase , transgression increases ; But the righteous will see their fall .

17  Correct your son , and he will give you comfort ; He will also delight your soul .

18  Where there is no vision , the people are unrestrained , But happy is he who keeps the law .

19  A slave will not be instructed by words alone; For though he understands , there will be no response .

20  Do you see a man who is hasty in his words ? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21  He who pampers his slave from childhood Will in the end find him to be a son .

22  An angry man stirs up strife , And a hot-tempered man abounds in transgression .

23  A man's pride will bring him low , But a humble spirit will obtain honor .

24  He who is a partner with a thief hates his own life ; He hears the oath but tells nothing .

25  The fear of man brings a snare , But he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted .

26  Many seek the ruler's favor , But justice for man comes from the Lord .

27  An unjust man is abominable to the righteous , And he who is upright in the way is abominable to the wicked .

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