Chapter 27

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1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

10 Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother's house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.

17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.

22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.

24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?

25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.

27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.

Commentary for Proverbs 27

1 We know not what a day may bring forth. This does not forbid preparing for to-morrow, but presuming upon to-morrow. We must not put off the great work of conversion, that one thing needful. #2|. There may be occasion for us to justify ourselves, but not to praise ourselves. #3,4|. Those who have no command of their passions, sink under the load. #5,6|. Plain and faithful rebukes are better, not only than secret hatred, but than love which compliments in sin, to the hurt of the soul. #7|. The poor have a better relish of their enjoyments, and are often more thankful for them, than the rich. In like manner the proud and self-sufficient disdain the gospel; but those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, find comfort from the meanest book or sermon that testifies of Christ Jesus. #8|. Every man has his proper place in society, where he may be safe and comfortable. 9,10|. Depend not for relief upon a kinsman, merely for kindred's sake; apply to those who are at hand, and will help in need. But there is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother, and let us place entire confidence in him. #11|. An affectionate parent urges his son to prudent conduct that should gladden his heart. The good conduct of Christians is the best answer to all who find fault with the gospel. #12|. Where there is temptation, if we thrust ourselves into it, there will be sin, and punishment will follow. #13|. An honest man may be made a beggar, but he is not honest that makes himself one. #14|. It is folly to be fond of being praised; it is a temptation to pride. 15,16|. The contentions of a neighbour may be like a sharp shower, troublesome for a time; the contentions of a wife are like constant rain. #17|. We are cautioned to take heed whom we converse with. And directed to have in view, in conversation, to make one another wiser and better. #18|. Though a calling be laborious and despised, yet those who keep to it, will find there is something to be got by it. God is a Master who has engaged to honour those who serve him faithfully. #19|. One corrupt heart is like another; so are sanctified hearts: the former bear the same image of the earthly, the latter the same image of the heavenly. Let us carefully watch our own hearts, comparing them with the word of God. #20|. Two things are here said to be never satisfied, death and sin. The appetites of the carnal mind for profit or pleasure are always desiring more. Those whose eyes are ever toward the Lord, are satisfied in him, and shall for ever be so. #21|. Silver and gold are tried by putting them into the furnace and fining-pot; so is a man tried by praising him. #22|. Some are so bad, that even severe methods do not answer the end; what remains but that they should be rejected? The new-creating power of God's grace alone is able to make a change. #23-27|. We ought to have some business to do in this world, and not to live in idleness, and not to meddle with what we do not understand. We must be diligent and take pains. Let us do what we can, still the world cannot be secured to us, therefore we must choose a more lasting portion; but by the blessing of God upon our honest labours, we may expect to enjoy as much of earthly blessings as is good for us.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Proverbs 27

  • WILLIAM BOYER on Proverbs 27
    I believe that if we would pray more, and talk less, things will be a lot better for everyone concerned. My heart is heavy for those who have no hope. If one Proverb is read daily, your walk will be much more GODLY.
  • Sharon Barker on Proverbs 27
    I believe the book of proverbs is so necessary to continue read and get wisdom,knowledge but mostly understanding
  • Jacob on Proverbs 27
    "Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured" LORD give me grace to wait on you through life that I may be honoured in your kingdom eternally.
  • Shirley Y Moore White on Proverbs 27
    Upon reading this Proverb, reminds me of where I was when I called upon Jesus to help me in this life and keeps me humble.
  • Lilian on Proverbs 27
    Boast thyself not for tomorrow you may know not what tomorrow may bring forth. Thank you Jesus for reminding me please help me to be humble and speaks your words to enlighten others. Amen thank you for the blood you shed for us Abba Father
  • BSP on Proverbs 27
    Verse 11: we each have a chance to show whose side we support. We can make Jehovah God’s heart rejoice by giving him our wholehearted support and worship.
  • A disciple on Proverbs 27
    "Though you should grind a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him." While the good and righteous want to give every opportunity to the evildoers to clear themselves; at some point the wicked must be judged for their crimes? So long as the lawless are allowed to continue unrestrained, so long will they not change. Kindness is to them, a weakness!
  • Lu2677 on Proverbs 27
    Irene 123, Proverbs 27:2 "a stranger" is not specific to one that is not saved.
  • Js - in Reply on Proverbs 27
    The new century version of proverbs 27:2 says dont praise yourself let someone else do it. Let the praise come from a stranger, not from your own lips...and the new international version says let the praise come from an outsider.....
  • Share from the KJV - in Reply on Proverbs 27
    Hi Js, I have found the KJV to be more accurate than the newer Translations they have even contredicted qqGod's Truth which if wanted I will share some with you. Just because it's New dosen't mean it's better or even as good, they say If it works don't fix it! Pride yes if we are bragging about how good we are but we don't have to be sad when we achieve or compare ourselves to others Galations 6.


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Why should one not boast of tomorrow?
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