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27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
27:3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.
27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
27:7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
27:8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.
27:9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.
27:10 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.
27:11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.
27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.
27:13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
27:14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.
27:15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
27:16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.
27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
27:18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
27:19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.
27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
27:21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.
27:22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
27:23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
27:24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? 27:25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
27:26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
27:27 And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.


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Everything King James Bible:Proverbs
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Proverbs
Chapter: 27

Overview:


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.

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