Chapter 27

Let another man praise you—A prudent man foresees evil—Hell and destruction are never full.

 aBoast not thyself of to bmorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

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

 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s awrath is heavier than them both.

 Wrath is acruel, and banger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

 Open arebuke is better than secret love.

 Faithful are the awounds of a bfriend; but the ckisses of an enemy are ddeceitful.

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

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

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

 10 Thine own afriend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a bneighbour 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 agarment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a bstrange woman.

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

 15 A acontinual dropping in a very rainy day and a bcontentious 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 afriend.

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

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

 20 aHell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never bsatisfied.

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

 22 Though thou shouldest abray 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 aflocks, and look well to thy herds.

 24 For ariches 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.