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Proverbs 27

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1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine 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 loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

8 As a bird that wandereth from her nest, so is a man that wandereth from his place.

9 Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.

10 Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me.

12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

13 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

15 A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

16 Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.

17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

18 Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.

22 Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.

24 For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?

25 The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

26 The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.

27 And thou shalt have goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 2. Lips. All hate affectation and vanity. Jo. v. 51.

Ver. 3. Both. He is insupportable to himself and to others. Eccli. xxii. 17.

Ver. 4. And who. Sept. “but envy (zeal) beareth nothing.” The more we yield to the envious, the more he is offended at our good behaviour.

Ver. 5. Love. Which can be of no service to us, while reproof may cause us to amend.

Ver. 6. Enemy. Joab slew Amasa, while he kissed him. 2 K. xx. 9. Matt. xxvi. 48. True friendship is not attentive to outward appearances.

Ver. 8. Place, or vocation, like the prodigal son, Lu. xv. The Israelites were much attached to their own country, where they might practise the true religion. C.

Ver. 9. And. Sept. add, “wine and incense…but accidents tear the soul.” H.

Ver. 10. Affliction. He will be less compassionate than a tried friend. — Better, &c. This daily experience evinces. “Those who purchase land, should consider if there be plenty of water, and a neighbour.” Pliny xviii. 5. — The Persians honour most those who live nearest to them. Herod. i. 134.

Ver. 11. Thou. Heb. Complut. and Sixtus V. “I may,” &c. Sept. “and cast reproaches from thee.”

Ver. 14. In the night. Or “early in the morning,” de nocte, as the Heb. implies. — Curseth. His importunity will be equally displeasing. H. — Flattery is dangerous, (C.) and unworthy of a free man. Cic. de Amic.

Ver. 16. Hand. As it will flow away, such as woman is commonly incorrigible. C.

Ver. 17. Sharpeneth. Or instructeth. Fungar vice cotis. Hor. Art.

Ver. 18. Glorified. He who serves his master well shall be promoted.

Ver. 19. Are. Heb. “to men.” Our hearts have all something similar. C. — Sept. “as faces are not like each other, so neither are the hearts of men.” They have all come peculiarity. H. — But this agrees not with the original.

Ver. 20. Destruction. Heb. abaddo, or abadon. C. xv. 11. Apoc. ix. 11. People die, and are plunged in hell daily. — Eyes. Avarice and ambition. Eccli. xiv. 9.

Ver. 21. Praiseth. If he be not puffed up, or if all agree in his praises, we may conclude that they are well founded. — The, &c. is not in Heb. Comp. S. Jer. or Chal. and destroys the connection.

Ver. 22. Mortar. Such were used by those who could not afford handmills. C.

Ver. 23. Flocks. Jo. x. 3. Eccli. vii. 24. This may be applied to pastors.

Ver. 24. Generation. Thou wilt be cited as an example of prudence, if thou hast forseen the change of thy affairs, and provided for it. In the east it was not unusual to see a general of an army reduced to the meanest condition, and economy is necessary for all.

Ver. 26. Field. If thou wishest to purchase, or to pay the workmen.

Ver. 27. Milk. We cannot but admire such frugality. Sept. are rather different. C. v. 25, “Be careful of the grass of thy field…that thou mayst have lambs for thy clothing. Honour the field, that there may be lambs for thee. 27 Son, thou hast from me solid instructions for thy life, and for that of thy servants.” H.