27 Don’t brag about tomorrow! Each day brings its own surprises. 2 Don’t brag about yourself— let others praise you. 3 Stones and sand are heavy, but trouble caused by a fool is a much heavier load. 4 An angry person is dangerous, but a jealous person is even worse.
5 A truly good friend will openly correct you. 6 You can trust a friend who corrects you, but kisses from an enemy are nothing but lies. 7 If you have had enough to eat, honey doesn’t taste good, but if you are really hungry, you will eat anything.
8 When you are far from home, you feel like a bird without a nest. 9 The sweet smell of incense can make you feel good, but true friendship is better still.[a] 10 Don’t desert an old friend of your family or visit your relatives when you are in trouble. A friend nearby is better than relatives far away.
11 My child, show good sense! Then I will be happy and able to answer anyone who criticizes me. 12 Be cautious and hide when you see danger— don’t be stupid and walk right into trouble. 13 Don’t loan money to a stranger unless you are given something to guarantee payment. 14 A loud greeting early in the morning is the same as a curse. 15 The steady dripping of rain and the nagging of a wife are one and the same. 16 It’s easier to catch the wind or hold olive oil in your hand than to stop a nagging wife.
17 Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other. 18 Take care of a tree, and you will eat its fruit; look after your master, and you will be praised. 19 You see your face in a mirror and your thoughts in the minds of others. 20 Death and the grave are never satisfied, and neither are we. 21 Gold and silver are tested in a red-hot furnace, but we are tested by praise. 22 No matter how hard you beat a fool, you can’t pound out the foolishness.
23 You should take good care of your sheep and goats, 24 because wealth and honor don’t last forever. 25 After the hay is cut and the new growth appears and the harvest is over, 26 you can sell lambs and goats to buy clothes and land. 27 From the milk of the goats, you can make enough cheese to feed your family and all your servants.
27.9still: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 9.
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible - is just a step away! Try it free for 30 days.