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Proverbs 27 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Don't brag about tomorrow, since you don't know what the day will bring. 1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2 Don't praise yourself; let others do it! 2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is heavier than both. 3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both.
4 Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but who can survive the destructiveness of jealousy? 4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
5 An open rebuke is better than hidden love! 5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
6 Wounds from a friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. 6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
7 Honey seems tasteless to a person who is full, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry. 7 He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
8 A person who strays from home is like a bird that strays from its nest. 8 Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home.
9 The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. 9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel.
10 Never abandon a friend -- either yours or your father's. Then in your time of need, you won't have to ask your relatives for assistance. It is better to go to a neighbor than to a relative who lives far away. 10 Do not forsake your friend and the friend of your father, and do not go to your brother's house when disaster strikes you-- better a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
11 My child, how happy I will be if you turn out to be wise! Then I will be able to answer my critics. 11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.
12 A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. 12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
13 Be sure to get collateral from anyone who guarantees the debt of a stranger. Get a deposit if someone guarantees the debt of an adulterous woman. 13 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if he does it for a wayward woman.
14 If you shout a pleasant greeting to your neighbor too early in the morning, it will be counted as a curse! 14 If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.
15 A nagging wife is as annoying as the constant dripping on a rainy day. 15 A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day;
16 Trying to stop her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or hold something with greased hands. 16 restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.
17 As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend. 17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
18 Workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat its fruit. In the same way, workers who protect their employer's interests will be rewarded. 18 He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored.
19 As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the person. 19 As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man.
20 Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied. 20 Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man.
21 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised. 21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives.
22 You cannot separate fools from their foolishness, even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle. 22 Though you grind a fool in a mortar, grinding him like grain with a pestle, you will not remove his folly from him.
23 Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, 23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches don't last forever, and the crown might not be secure for the next generation. 24 for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.
25 After the hay is harvested, the new crop appears, and the mountain grasses are gathered in, 25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26 your sheep will provide wool for clothing, and your goats will be sold for the price of a field. 26 the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field.
27 And you will have enough goats' milk for you, your family, and your servants. 27 You will have plenty of goats' milk to feed you and your family and to nourish your servant girls.