Proverbs 27:1-10

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Proverbs 27

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

No one is sure of tomorrow. Therefore, don't boast about what you will do.

Luke 12:16-21 - 15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

James 4:13-17 - 13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

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

The word translated praise in verse 2 was translated boast in verse 1.

Don't go around telling others how wonderful you are. It is better to praise others or boast about others than about yourself. Let someone else be the one who compliments, praises, or boasts about you.

Luke 17:10 - 10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

3 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool's wrath is heavier than them both.

The persistent, provocative remarks of a fool are harder to put up with than a heavy physical burden. A man would rather carry stone or sand than be constantly annoyed by a loudmouthed fool, but he should not be provoked into reacting regardless of how irritating a fool's actions and words are.

4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?

As bad as wrath and anger are, envy or jealousy is far worse. Wrath and anger are short-lived. Jealousy continually gnaws at a person and is therefore more grievous. Jealousy may include anger and wrath. This would be applicable to a love triangle. No one is able to stand before jealousy.

5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

One who genuinely loves a friend will not fear to tell him about a fault or to offer correction. A forthright open rebuke benefits the recipient, but no one benefits from secret love, i.e. love that refuses to point out a person's failings or is never acknowledged to exist. If you love someone secretly, he may be unaware of it.

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

Most people do not want to be honest with someone else about his faults. They are afraid that he will turn against them because many people have. It is a true friend who is willing to risk someone's goodwill in order to help him by constructive criticism.

An enemy may seem to be a friend by his many kisses, but a true friend (i.e. one who genuinely loves) may seem to be an enemy by the wounds he inflicts (probably inner hurts that come from being rebuked or criticized). Ironically, the rebukes may be more genuine expressions of friendship than kisses.

Judas gave a sign to the mob in advance to help them distinguish Jesus from the disciples; the sign was a kiss. The universal symbol of love was prostituted to its lowest use.

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

When someone is absolutely stuffed, he loses interest in eating more, regardless of how good it is. A person who is hungry enough will eat nearly anything regardless of its quality.

Similarly, a person who has great possessions may not appreciate or value a gift as much as those who have little.

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

A man who wanders from his home is discontented and restless. He is like a bird that strays from its nest, shirking responsibilities and failing to build anything solid and substantial. A bird which wanders from his nest too early or too far brings hardship on itself. Similarly, a young person leaving home too soon may find himself unable to care for himself.

Compare the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32 . He left home early and got involved in terrible sin.

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

The pleasantness of ointment and perfume is compared to the fragrance of loving advice from a friend. There is something truly heartwarming about fellowship with a friend. Genuine advice shows that a person cares.

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.

Friendships must be cultivated and kept alive. Often the oldest friends are the best; so don't lose touch with your friends or old friends of the family. A brother far off may be a brother who lives at a great distance. It may instead refer to be a brother who has alienated himself from you. When you have a problem, it is better to go to a friend who is close to you from whom you can get help than to go to a brother who lives at a great distance or to an estranged brother. You'll get more help from the friend than you will from the brother. A brother living at a great distance may be willing but unable to help because of the distance. A brother who has been alienated may be unwilling to help at all.