Proverbs 27:18

18 1Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who 2guards his master will be honored.

Proverbs 27:18 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 27:18

Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof
That takes care of a fig tree, either his own or another's, planted in his garden or vineyard; see ( Luke 13:6 ) ; who cultivates it, digs about and dungs it, and prunes it, and does everything necessary to it; when it brings forth fruit, and that is ripe and fit to eat, he eats of it, as it is but just he should; see ( 1 Corinthians 9:7 ) ; so he that waiteth on his master;
or "that keeps his master" F11, his person from danger, and his goods faithfully committed to his trust; or "that observes his master" F12, that looks to his hand, observes his motions, directions, and commands; shall be honoured;
as Joseph was in Potiphar's house, and elsewhere; and as all those are who observe the commandments of God, and are the servants of Christ; see ( 1 Samuel 2:30 ) ( John 12:26 ) .


F11 (rmv) "qui custodit", Pagninus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "custodiens", Montanus; "qui custos est domini sui", V. L.
F12 "Observat", Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis; "observans", Cocceius, Schultens.

Proverbs 27:18 In-Context

16 to restrain her is to restrain the wind or to grasp oil in one's right hand.
17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
18 Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.
19 As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.
20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Song of Songs 8:12; 1 Corinthians 3:8; 1 Corinthians 9:7; 2 Timothy 2:6
  • 2. [Matthew 25:21]
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