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 .
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.
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 .