27 Don’t brag about tomorrow; you don’t know what ·may happen then [L the day may bear/ bring forth].
2 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].
3 Stone is heavy, and sand is weighty, but ·a complaining fool [or the irritation/frustration caused by a fool] is ·heavier [worse] than either.
4 Anger is cruel and destroys like a flood, but no one can ·put up with [L stand in the face of] jealousy!
5 It is better to correct someone ·openly [publicly] than to have love and ·not show [hide] it.
6 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].
7 When you are ·full [sated], not even honey tastes good, but when you are hungry, even something bitter tastes sweet.
8 A person who ·leaves [L wanders from] his home is like a bird that ·leaves [L wanders from] its nest.
9 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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