Proverbs 27:1-13, Better is Open Rebuke


1Do not boast about tomorrow,

For you do not know what a day may bring forth.

2Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;

A stranger, and not your own lips.

3A stone is heavy and the sand weighty,

But the provocation of a fool is heavier than both of them.

4Wrath is fierce and anger is a flood,

But who can stand before jealousy?

5Better is open rebuke

Than love that is concealed.

6Faithful are the wounds of a friend,

But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

7A sated man loathes honey,

But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet.

8Like a bird that wanders from her nest,

So is a man who wanders from his home.

9Oil and perfume make the heart glad,

So a man’s counsel is sweet to his friend.

10Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend,

And do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;

Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far away.

11Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad,

That I may reply to him who reproaches me.

12A prudent man sees evil and hides himself,

The naive proceed and pay the penalty.

13Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger;

And for an adulterous woman hold him in pledge.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: How should we let our love show?