Modern English Version
27 Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
2 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;
a stranger, and not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and the sand weighty,
but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.
4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous,
but who is able to stand before envy?
5 Open rebuke is better
than secret love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
7 The full soul loathes a honeycomb,
but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
8 As a bird that wanders from her nest,
so is a man who wanders from his place.
9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart,
so does the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.
10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend,
nor go into your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
for better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far off.
11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad,
that I may answer him who reproaches me.
12 A prudent man foresees the evil and hides himself,
but the simple pass on and are punished.
13 Take his garment that is security for a stranger,
and take a pledge of him for an adulterous woman.
14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,
it will be counted a curse to him.
15 A continual dripping on a very rainy day
and a contentious woman are alike;
16 whoever restrains her restrains the wind,
and grasps oil in his right hand.
17 Iron sharpens iron,
so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
18 Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit;
so he who waits on his master will be honored.
19 As in water face answers to face,
so the heart of man to man.
20 Death and destruction are never full;
so the eyes of man are never satisfied.
21 As the refining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold,
so is a man to his praise.
22 Though you should grind a fool in a mortar
among wheat with a pestle,
yet his foolishness will not depart from him.
23 Be diligent to know the state of your flocks,
and look well to your herds;
24 for riches are not forever,
nor does the crown endure to every generation.
25 The hay appears, and the tender grass shows itself,
and herbs of the mountains are gathered.
26 The lambs are for your clothing,
and the goats are the price of the field.
27 You will have goats’ milk enough
for your food, for the food of your household,
and for the maintenance of your maidens.