Proverbs 27:18

18 The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored.

Read Proverbs 27:18 Using Other Translations

Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored.
As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded.

What does Proverbs 27:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

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.
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