Proverbs 27
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1  Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

א  אַל תִּתְהַלֵּל בְּיוֹם מָחָר כִּי לֹא תֵדַע מַה יֵּלֶד יוֹם.

2  Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

ב  יְהַלֶּלְךָ זָר וְלֹא פִיךָ נָכְרִי וְאַל שְׂפָתֶיךָ.

3  A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s vexation is heavier than they both.

ג  כֹּבֶד אֶבֶן וְנֵטֶל הַחוֹל וְכַעַס אֱוִיל כָּבֵד מִשְּׁנֵיהֶם.

4  Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; but who is able to stand before jealousy?

ד  אַכְזְרִיּוּת חֵמָה וְשֶׁטֶף אָף וּמִי יַעֲמֹד לִפְנֵי קִנְאָה.

5  Better is open rebuke than love that is hidden.

ה  טוֹבָה תּוֹכַחַת מְגֻלָּה מֵאַהֲבָה מְסֻתָּרֶת.

6  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are importunate.

ne-e-ma-NEEM pitz-AY o-HAYV v’-na-ta-ROT n’-shee-KOT so-NAY.

ו  נֶאֱמָנִים פִּצְעֵי אוֹהֵב וְנַעְתָּרוֹת נְשִׁיקוֹת שׂוֹנֵא.

27:6   But the kisses of an enemy are importunate

With a trusted friend, even actions that seem hurtful ultimately turn out to be beneficial. A well-timed reprimand from someone who loves you can guide you to a better course of action. An enemy, however, should not be trusted. Even if he offers kisses and support, he will ultimately lead you astray. This idea is reflected in the words of the prophets who rebuke the Israelites for putting their trust in other nations, such as Assyria and Egypt, instead of the Lord. Ultimately, they were let down by their enemies who determined they had nothing more to gain from helping out the Jewish people (see for example Hosea 8:8-9).

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7  The full soul loatheth a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

ז  נֶפֶשׁ שְׂבֵעָה תָּבוּס נֹפֶת וְנֶפֶשׁ רְעֵבָה כָּל מַר מָתוֹק.

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

ח  כְּצִפּוֹר נוֹדֶדֶת מִן קִנָּהּ כֵּן אִישׁ נוֹדֵד מִמְּקוֹמוֹ.

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

ט  שֶׁמֶן וּקְטֹרֶת יְשַׂמַּח לֵב וּמֶתֶק רֵעֵהוּ מֵעֲצַת נָפֶשׁ.

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

י  רֵעֲךָ ורעה (וְרֵעַ) אָבִיךָ אַל תַּעֲזֹב וּבֵית אָחִיךָ אַל תָּבוֹא בְּיוֹם אֵידֶךָ טוֹב שָׁכֵן קָרוֹב מֵאָח רָחוֹק.

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

יא  חֲכַם בְּנִי וְשַׂמַּח לִבִּי וְאָשִׁיבָה חֹרְפִי דָבָר.

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

יב  עָרוּם רָאָה רָעָה נִסְתָּר פְּתָאיִם עָבְרוּ נֶעֱנָשׁוּ.

13  Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; and hold him in pledge that is surety for an alien woman.

יג  קַח בִּגְדוֹ כִּי עָרַב זָר וּבְעַד נָכְרִיָּה חַבְלֵהוּ.

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

יד  מְבָרֵךְ רֵעֵהוּ בְּקוֹל גָּדוֹל בַּבֹּקֶר הַשְׁכֵּים קְלָלָה תֵּחָשֶׁב לוֹ.

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

טו  דֶּלֶף טוֹרֵד בְּיוֹם סַגְרִיר וְאֵשֶׁת מדונים (מִדְיָנִים) נִשְׁתָּוָה.

16  He that would hide her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand betrayeth itself.

טז  צֹפְנֶיהָ צָפַן רוּחַ וְשֶׁמֶן יְמִינוֹ יִקְרָא.

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

יז  בַּרְזֶל בְּבַרְזֶל יָחַד וְאִישׁ יַחַד פְּנֵי רֵעֵהוּ.

18  Whoso keepeth the fig-tree shall eat the fruit thereof; and he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

יח  נֹצֵר תְּאֵנָה יֹאכַל פִּרְיָהּ וְשֹׁמֵר אֲדֹנָיו יְכֻבָּד.

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

יט  כַּמַּיִם הַפָּנִים לַפָּנִים כֵּן לֵב הָאָדָם לָאָדָם.

20  The nether-world and Destruction are never satiated; so the eyes of man are never satiated.

כ  שְׁאוֹל וַאֲבַדֹּה לֹא תִשְׂבַּעְנָה וְעֵינֵי הָאָדָם לֹא תִשְׂבַּעְנָה.

21  The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, and a man is tried by his praise.

כא  מַצְרֵף לַכֶּסֶף וְכוּר לַזָּהָב וְאִישׁ לְפִי מַהֲלָלוֹ.

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

כב  אִם תִּכְתּוֹשׁ אֶת הָאֱוִיל בַּמַּכְתֵּשׁ בְּתוֹךְ הָרִיפוֹת בַּעֱלִי לֹא תָסוּר מֵעָלָיו אִוַּלְתּוֹ.

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

כג  יָדֹעַ תֵּדַע פְּנֵי צֹאנֶךָ שִׁית לִבְּךָ לַעֲדָרִים.

24  For riches are not for ever; and doth the crown endure unto all generations?

כד  כִּי לֹא לְעוֹלָם חֹסֶן וְאִם נֵזֶר לְדוֹר דור (וָדוֹר).

25  When the hay is mown, and the tender grass showeth itself, and the herbs of the mountains are gathered in;

כה  גָּלָה חָצִיר וְנִרְאָה דֶשֶׁא וְנֶאֶסְפוּ עִשְּׂבוֹת הָרִים.

26  The lambs will be for thy clothing, and the goats the price for a field.

כו  כְּבָשִׂים לִלְבוּשֶׁךָ וּמְחִיר שָׂדֶה עַתּוּדִים.

27  And there will be goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household; and maintenance for thy maidens.

כז  וְדֵי חֲלֵב עִזִּים לְלַחְמְךָ לְלֶחֶם בֵּיתֶךָ וְחַיִּים לְנַעֲרוֹתֶיךָ.

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Proverbs 27