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Proverbs 27 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth. 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. 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 a fool's provocation is heavier than both. 3 Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both.
4 Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming; but who can stand before jealousy? 4 Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?
5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love. 5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. 6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
7 He who is sated loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet. 7 He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
8 Like a bird that strays from its nest, is a man who strays from his home. 8 Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who strays from his home.
9 Oil and perfume make the heart glad, but the soul is torn by trouble. 9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel.
10 Your friend, and your father's friend, do not forsake; 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 who is 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 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me. 11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.
12 A prudent man sees danger and hides himself; but the simple go on, and suffer for it. 12 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
13 Take a man's garment when he has given surety for a stranger, and hold him in pledge when he gives surety for foreigners. 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 He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing. 14 If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.
15 A continual dripping on a rainy day and a contentious woman are alike; 15 A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day;
16 to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in his right hand. 16 restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.
17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. 17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
18 He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored. 18 He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored.
19 As in water face answers to face, so the mind of man reflects the man. 19 As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man.
20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man. 20 Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man.
21 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is judged by his praise. 21 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives.
22 Crush a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him. 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 well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds; 23 Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;
24 for riches do not last for ever; and does a crown endure to all generations? 24 for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.
25 When the grass is gone, and the new growth appears, and the herbage of the mountains is gathered, 25 When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in,
26 the lambs will provide your clothing, and the goats the price of a field; 26 the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field.
27 there will be enough goats' milk for your food, for the food of your household and maintenance for your maidens. 27 You will have plenty of goats' milk to feed you and your family and to nourish your servant girls.