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Proverbs 27 Expanded Bible (EXB)

27 Don’t brag about tomorrow;
you don’t know what ·may happen then [L the day may bear/ bring forth].

Don’t praise yourself. Let ·someone else [another; a stranger] do it.
Let the praise come from a ·stranger [outsider] and not from your own mouth [Jer. 9:23–24; 1 Cor. 1:31; 2 Cor. 10:17].

Stone is heavy, and sand is weighty,
but ·a complaining fool [or the irritation/frustration caused by a fool] is ·heavier [worse] than either.

Anger is cruel and destroys like a flood,
but no one can ·put up with [L stand in the face of] jealousy!

It is better to correct someone ·openly [publicly]
than to have love and ·not show [hide] it.

The ·slap [bruises] of a friend can be trusted to help you,
but the kisses of an enemy are ·nothing but lies [or dangerous; Matt. 26:48–50].

When you are ·full [sated], not even honey tastes good,
but when you are hungry, even something bitter tastes sweet.

A person who ·leaves [L wanders from] his home
is like a bird that ·leaves [L wanders from] its nest.

The sweet smell of perfume and oils is pleasant,
and so is good advice from a friend.

10 Don’t ·forget [abandon] your friend or your parent’s friend.
    Don’t always go to your ·family for help [brother] when trouble comes.
A neighbor close by is better than a ·family [brother] far away.

11 Be wise, my child, and make ·me [L my heart] happy.
Then I can respond to any insult.

12 The ·wise [prudent] see ·danger [evil; trouble] ahead and avoid it,
but fools ·keep going [go straight to it] and ·get into trouble [or are punished].

13 Take the coat of someone who promises to pay a stranger’s loan,
and keep it until he pays what the ·stranger [L foreigner] owes.

14 If you loudly ·greet [bless] your neighbor early in the morning,
he will think of it as a curse.

15 A ·quarreling [contentious] wife is as bothersome
    as a continual dripping on a rainy day.
16 ·Stopping [Controlling; Restraining] her is like ·stopping [controlling; restraining] the wind
    or trying to grab oil in your hand.

17 As iron sharpens iron,
so people ·can improve each other [sharpen their friends].

18 Whoever ·tends [protects] a fig tree gets to eat its fruit,
and whoever ·takes care of [guards] his master will receive honor.

19 As water reflects your face,
so ·your mind shows what kind of person you are [the heart reflects a person].

20 ·People will never stop dying and being destroyed [L Sheol/The grave and Abaddon/Destruction are never satisfied; Job 26:6],
and ·they will never stop wanting more than they have [L the eyes of people will never be satisfied].

21 A ·hot furnace tests silver and gold [crucible for silver and a furnace for gold],
and people ·are tested by the praise they receive [L in the presence of those who praise them].

22 Even if you ground up a foolish person like grain in a bowl,
you couldn’t remove the foolishness.

23 Be sure you know how your sheep are doing,
    and ·pay attention to the condition of [L set your heart on] your cattle.
24 ·Riches [Treasure] will not go on forever,
    nor ·do governments go on [a crown/diadem] forever.
25 When the grass is gone and the new grass appears,
    gather the ·grass [vegetation] from the hills.
26 Make clothes from the lambs’ wool,
    and sell some goats ·to buy [L for the price of] a field.
27 There will be plenty of goat’s milk
    to feed you and your ·family [L house]
and to make your ·servant [or young] girls healthy.

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