Proverbs 27; Proverbs 28; Proverbs 29 (New International Reader's Version)

1 Don't brag about tomorrow. You don't know what a day will bring. 2 Let another person praise you, and not your own mouth. Let someone else praise you, and not your own lips. 3 Stones are heavy. Sand weighs a lot. But letting a foolish person make you angry is a heavier load than both of them. 4 Anger is mean. Great anger overpowers you. But who can face jealousy? 5 Being warned openly is better than being loved in secret. 6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted. But an enemy kisses you many times. 7 When you are full, you even hate honey. When you are hungry, even what is bitter tastes sweet. 8 A man who wanders away from his home is like a bird that wanders from its nest. 9 Perfume and incense bring joy to your heart. And a friend is sweeter when he gives you honest advice. 10 Don't desert your friend or your father's friend. And don't go to your family when trouble strikes you. A neighbor nearby is better than a family member far away. 11 My child, be wise and bring joy to my heart. Then I can answer anyone who makes fun of me. 12 Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep on going and suffer for it. 13 Take the coat of one who puts up money for what a stranger owes. Hold it until you get paid back if he does it for a woman who commits adultery. 14 Suppose you loudly bless your neighbor early in the morning. Then you might as well be calling down a curse on him. 15 A nagging wife is like dripping that never stops on a rainy day. 16 Stopping her is like trying to stop the wind. It's like trying to grab oil with your hand. 17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. 18 A person who takes good care of a fig tree will eat its fruit. And a person who looks after his master will be honored. 19 When you look into water, you see a likeness of your face. When you look into your heart, you see what you are really like. 20 Death and the Grave are never satisfied. A man's eyes are never satisfied either. 21 Fire tests silver. Heat tests gold. But a man is tested by the praise he receives. 22 You can grind a foolish person in a mill. You can grind him as you would grind grain with a tool. But you can't remove his foolishness from him. 23 Be sure you know how your flocks are doing. Pay careful attention to your herds. 24 Riches don't last forever. And a crown is not secure for all time to come. 25 The hay is removed, and new growth appears. The grass from the hills is gathered in. 26 Then your lambs will provide you with clothes. And the money from selling your goats will buy you a field. 27 You will have plenty of goats' milk. It will feed you and your family. It will also feed your female servants. 1 Sinners run away even when no one is chasing them. But those who do what is right are as bold as lions. 2 A country has many rulers when its people don't obey. But an understanding king knows how to keep order. 3 A ruler who beats poor people down is like a pounding rain that leaves no crops. 4 Those who turn away from the law praise sinners. But those who obey the law oppose them. 5 Sinful men don't understand what is fair. But those who worship the LORD understand it completely. 6 It is better to be poor and live without blame than to be rich and follow a crooked path. 7 A child who obeys the law understands what is right. But a child who likes to eat too much brings shame on his father. 8 A person who increases his wealth by charging high interest piles it up for someone who will be kind to poor people. 9 If you don't pay attention to the law, even your prayers are hated. 10 Those who lead honest people down an evil path will fall into their own trap. But those who are without blame will receive good things. 11 Rich people may be wise in their own eyes. But a poor person who understands what is right knows what they are really like. 12 When godly people win, everyone is very happy. But when sinners take charge, everyone hides. 13 Anyone who hides his sins doesn't succeed. But anyone who admits his sins and gives them up finds mercy. 14 Blessed is the one who always has respect for the Lord. But anyone who is stubborn will get into trouble. 15 An evil person who rules over helpless people is like a roaring lion or an angry bear. 16 A ruler who is mean to his people doesn't have any sense. But anyone who hates money gained in the wrong way will enjoy a long life. 17 A man who is troubled because he is guilty of murder will be on the run until the day he dies. No one should give him any help. 18 Anyone who lives without blame is kept safe. But anyone whose path is crooked will suddenly fall. 19 Anyone who farms his land will have plenty of food. But anyone who chases dreams will be very poor. 20 A faithful man will be richly blessed. But anyone who wants to get rich will be punished. 21 Favoring one person over another is not good. But some men will do wrong for a piece of bread. 22 A man who won't share what he has wants to get rich. He doesn't know he is going to be poor. 23 It is better to warn a man than to pretend to praise him. In the end he will be more pleased with you. 24 Anyone who steals from his parents and says, "It's not wrong," is just like a man who destroys. 25 A person who always wants more stirs up fights. But anyone who trusts in the LORD will succeed. 26 Anyone who trusts in himself is foolish. But a person who lives wisely is kept safe. 27 Those who give to poor people will have everything they need. But those who close their eyes to the poor will be under many curses. 28 When those who are evil take charge, other people hide. But when those who are evil die, godly people grow stronger. 1 A man who still won't obey after being warned many times will suddenly be destroyed. Nothing can save him. 2 When those who do right grow stronger, the people are glad. But when those who do wrong become rulers, the people groan. 3 A man who loves wisdom makes his father glad. But a man who spends time with prostitutes wastes his father's wealth. 4 By doing what is fair, a king makes a country secure. But the one who wants to be paid off tears it down. 5 A man who only pretends to praise his neighbor is spreading a net to catch him by the feet. 6 A sinful man is trapped by his own sin. But a godly person can sing and be glad. 7 Those who do what is right want to treat poor people fairly. But those who do what is wrong don't care about the poor. 8 Those who make fun of others stir up a city. But wise people turn anger away. 9 Suppose a wise man goes to court with a foolish person. Then the foolish person gets mad and pokes fun. And there is no peace. 10 Murderers hate honest people. They try to kill those who do what is right. 11 A foolish person lets his anger run wild. But a wise person keeps himself under control. 12 If rulers listen to lies, all their officials become evil. 13 The LORD gives sight to the eyes of poor people and those who beat others down. That's what they both have in common. 14 If a king judges poor people fairly, his throne will always be secure. 15 If a child is corrected, he becomes wise. But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. 16 When those who do wrong grow stronger, so does sin. But those who do right will see them destroyed. 17 If you train your children, they will give you peace. They will bring delight to you. 18 Where there is no message from God, the people don't control themselves. But blessed are those who obey the law. 19 A servant can't be corrected only by words. Even if he understands, he won't obey. 20 Have you seen a man who speaks without thinking? There is more hope for foolish people than for him. 21 If you spoil your servant while he is young, he will bring you sorrow later on. 22 An angry man stirs up fights. And a person who burns with anger commits many sins. 23 If a man is proud, he will be made low. But if he isn't proud, he will be honored. 24 Anyone who helps a thief is his own enemy. When he is put under oath, he doesn't dare give witness. 25 If you are afraid of people, it will trap you. But if you trust in the Lord, he will keep you safe. 26 Many people want to meet a ruler. But only the LORD sees that people are treated fairly. 27 Those who do what is right hate dishonest people. Those who do what is wrong hate honest people.
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