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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs Chapter 27

Verse 1: We know not what a day may bring forth. This does not forbid preparing for to-morrow, but presuming upon to-morrow. We must not put off the great work of conversion, that one thing needful. (2). There may be occasion for us to justify ourselves, but not to praise ourselves. (3,4). Those who have no command of their passions, sink under the load. (5,6). Plain and faithful rebukes are better, not only than secret hatred, but than love which compliments in sin, to the hurt of the soul. (7). The poor have a better relish of their enjoyments, and are often more thankful for them, than the rich. In like manner the proud and self-sufficient disdain the gospel; but those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, find comfort from the meanest book or sermon that testifies of Christ Jesus. (8). Every man has his proper place in society, where he may be safe and comfortable. (9,10). Depend not for relief upon a kinsman, merely for kindred's sake; apply to those who are at hand, and will help in need. But there is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother, and let us place entire confidence in him. (11). An affectionate parent urges his son to prudent conduct that should gladden his heart. The good conduct of Christians is the best answer to all who find fault with the gospel. (12). Where there is temptation, if we thrust ourselves into it, there will be sin, and punishment will follow. (13). An honest man may be made a beggar, but he is not honest that makes himself one. (14). It is folly to be fond of being praised; it is a temptation to pride. (15,16). The contentions of a neighbour may be like a sharp shower, troublesome for a time; the contentions of a wife are like constant rain. (17). We are cautioned to take heed whom we converse with. And directed to have in view, in conversation, to make one another wiser and better. (18). Though a calling be laborious and despised, yet those who keep to it, will find there is something to be got by it. God is a Master who has engaged to honour those who serve him faithfully. (19). One corrupt heart is like another; so are sanctified hearts: the former bear the same image of the earthly, the latter the same image of the heavenly. Let us carefully watch our own hearts, comparing them with the word of God. (20). Two things are here said to be never satisfied, death and sin. The appetites of the carnal mind for profit or pleasure are always desiring more. Those whose eyes are ever toward the Lord, are satisfied in him, and shall for ever be so. (21). Silver and gold are tried by putting them into the furnace and fining-pot; so is a man tried by praising him. (22). Some are so bad, that even severe methods do not answer the end; what remains but that they should be rejected? The new-creating power of God's grace alone is able to make a change. (23-27). We ought to have some business to do in this world, and not to live in idleness, and not to meddle with what we do not understand. We must be diligent and take pains. Let us do what we can, still the world cannot be secured to us, therefore we must choose a more lasting portion; but by the blessing of God upon our honest labours, we may expect to enjoy as much of earthly blessings as is good for us


David Burnette's Life Application

Boast Not of Tomorrow


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the Book of Proverbs with Chapter 27. In our text today we continue with wisdom for leaders with a focus on instruction for others. What catches my eye is verse 1 that says to boast not for tomorrow for we know not what a day may hold. In making application we see the importance in living one day at a time being 100% surrendered to the Lord. Just as today is the day of salvation, today is also the day to be obedient. When the Holy Spirit prompts we need to be do what He says, when He says because tomorrow we might not have the opportunity to follow. How about you? Are you obedient to the Lord? Let us learn from our text today that we boast not for tomorrow for we know not what a day may hold.

 

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Proverbs 27

Proverbs 27

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

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

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

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

 5Open rebuke is better than secret love.

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

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

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

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

 10Thine 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.

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

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

 13Take his garment that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

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

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

 16Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.

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

 18Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.

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

 20Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

 21As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.

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

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

 24For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation?

 25The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.

 26The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.

 27And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens.