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Proverbs 27 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

27 Do not boast about tomorrow,
because you do not know what a day may produce.
Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—
a stranger, not your own lips.
A stone is heavy and sand is a burden,
but aggravation from a stubborn fool is heavier than both.
Cruel wrath and a flood of anger are devastating,
but who can stand up against jealousy?
Open correction is better than concealed love.
Wounds from someone who loves you can be trusted,
but the kisses of someone who hates you are too much.[a]
A satisfied appetite refuses honey,
but to a hungry appetite, everything bitter tastes sweet.
A person who wanders from his place
    is like a bird that wanders from its nest.
Olive oil and incense bring joy to a heart,
and the sweetness of a friend comes from his sincere advice.[b]
10 Do not abandon your friend or your father’s friend,
and do not go to your brother’s house when disaster strikes you.
A neighbor who is near is better than a brother who is far away.
11 Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart,
so that I may answer anyone who taunts me.
12 A sensible person sees trouble and hides,
but naïve people keep going and pay the penalty.
13 Take the garment of someone who guarantees a loan for a stranger.
Keep it when someone pledges it on behalf of an immoral woman.
14 When someone blesses his neighbor in a loud voice early in the morning,
    it will be regarded as a curse.
15 Constantly dripping water on a rainy day
and a nagging wife are alike.
16 Trying to hold her back is like holding back the wind,
like grasping oil with your right hand.[c]
17 Iron sharpens iron,
and a man sharpens the insight of his friend.
18 A person who tends a fig tree eats its fruit,
and a person who takes care of his master will be honored.
19 As water reflects a person’s face,
so a person’s heart reflects the person.
20 Death and Destruction[d] are never satisfied,
and a person’s eyes are never satisfied.
21 A crucible is for refining silver and a smelter is for gold,
and a person is tested by his praise.[e]
22 Even if you grind a stubborn fool
    like grain with a mortar and pestle,
his stupidity will not leave him.

23 Be certain that you know the condition of your flock very well.
Pay attention to your herds,
24 because wealth is not forever,
nor does a crown pass from generation to generation.
25 The hay is removed and new growth appears,
and grass from the mountains is gathered in.
26 Lambs provide wool for your clothing,
and the price of the field can be earned from the goats.
27 What’s more, there will be enough goats’ milk for your food,
for your household’s food,
and to maintain the life of your servant girls.


  1. Proverbs 27:6 Or are deceitful
  2. Proverbs 27:9 Or is better than your own advice
  3. Proverbs 27:16 The verse is difficult. Literally it reads those who hide her hide the wind, and he calls his right hand oil.
  4. Proverbs 27:20 Hebrew Sheol and Abaddon
  5. Proverbs 27:21 His praise is either the praise he gives or the praise he receives
Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version®, EHV®, © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All rights reserved.


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