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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 27

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1Boast not of tomorrow, for you know not what any day may bring forth.

2Let another praise you—not your own mouth; someone else—not your own lips.

3Stone is heavy, and sand a burden, but a fool's provocation is heavier than both. r Sir 22, 14f .

4Anger is relentless, and wrath overwhelming— but before jealousy who can stand?

5Better is an open rebuke than a love that remains hidden.

6Wounds from a friend may be accepted as well meant, but the greetings of an enemy one prays against.

7One who is full, tramples on virgin honey; but to the man who is hungry, any bitter thing is sweet.

8Like a bird that is far from its nest is a man who is far from his home.

9Perfume and incense gladden the heart, but by grief the soul is torn asunder.

10Your own friend and your father's friend forsake not; but if ruin befalls you, enter not a kinsman's house. Better is a neighbor near at hand than a brother far away.

11If you are wise, my son, you will gladden my heart, and I will be able to rebut him who taunts me.

12The shrewd man perceives evil and hides; simpletons continue on and suffer the penalty. s Prv 22, 3 .

13Take his garment who becomes surety for another, t Prv 20, 16 . and for the sake of a stranger, yield it up!* 14When one greets his neighbor with a loud voice in the early morning, a curse can be laid to his charge.*

15For a persistent leak on a rainy day the match is a quarrelsome woman. u Prv 21, 9; 25, 24 .

16He who keeps her stores up a stormwind; he cannot tell north from south.

17As iron sharpens iron, so man sharpens his fellow man.

18He who tends a fig tree eats its fruit, and he who is attentive to his master will be enriched.

19As one face differs from another, so does one human heart from another.

20The nether world and the abyss are never satisfied; v Prv 30, 16; Eccl 4, 8 . so too the eyes of men.

21As the crucible tests silver and the furnace gold, so a man is tested by the praise he receives.

22Though you should pound the fool to bits with the pestle, amid the grits in a mortar, his folly would not go out of him.

23Take good care of your flocks,* give careful attention to your herds;

24For wealth lasts not forever, nor even a crown from age to age.

25When the grass is taken away and the aftergrowth appears, and the mountain greens are gathered in,

26The lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats will bring the price of a field,

27And there will be ample goat's milk to supply you, to supply your household, and maintenance for your maidens.

Notes:

r: Sir 22, 14f .

s: Prv 22, 3 .

t: Prv 20, 16 .

u: Prv 21, 9; 25, 24 .

v: Prv 30, 16; Eccl 4, 8 .

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