Index: Bible in Basic English


Proverbs 27

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27:1 Do not make a noise about tomorrow, for you are not certain what a day's outcome may be.

27:2 Let another man give you praise, and not your mouth; one who is strange to you, and not your lips.

27:3 A stone has great weight, and sand is crushing; but the wrath of the foolish is of greater weight than these.

27:4 Wrath is cruel, and angry feeling an overflowing stream; but who does not give way before envy?

27:5 Better is open protest than love kept secret.

27:6 The wounds of a friend are given in good faith, but the kisses of a hater are false.

27:7 The full man has no use for honey, but to the man in need of food every bitter thing is sweet.

27:8 Like a bird wandering from the place of her eggs is a man wandering from his station.

27:9 Oil and perfume make glad the heart, and the wise suggestion of a friend is sweet to the soul.

27:10 Do not give up your friend and your father's friend; and do not go into your brother's house in the day of your trouble: better is a neighbour who is near than a brother far off.

27:11 My son, be wise and make my heart glad, so that I may give back an answer to him who puts me to shame.

27:12 The sharp man sees the evil and takes cover: the simple go straight on and get into trouble.

27:13 Take a man's clothing if he makes himself responsible for a strange man, and get an undertaking from him who gives his word for strange men.

27:14 He who gives a blessing to his friend with a loud voice, getting up early in the morning, will have it put to his account as a curse.

27:15 Like an unending dropping on a day of rain is a bitter-tongued woman.

27:16 He who keeps secret the secret of his friend, will get himself a name for good faith.

27:17 Iron makes iron sharp; so a man makes sharp his friend.

27:18 Whoever keeps a fig-tree will have its fruit; and the servant waiting on his master will be honoured.

27:19 Like face looking at face in water, so are the hearts of men to one another.

27:20 The underworld and Abaddon are never full, and the eyes of man have never enough.

27:21 The heating-pot is for silver and the oven-fire for gold, and a man is measured by what he is praised for.

27:22 Even if a foolish man is crushed with a hammer in a vessel among crushed grain, still his foolish ways will not go from him.

27:23 Take care to have knowledge about the condition of your flocks, looking well after your herds;

27:24 For wealth is not for ever, and money does not go on for all generations.

27:25 The grass comes up and the young grass is seen, and the mountain plants are got in.

27:26 The lambs are for your clothing, and the he-goats make the value of a field:

27:27 There will be goats' milk enough for your food, and for the support of your servant-girls.